Strengthening SRHR research networks

Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Jerker Liljestrand and Florence Mirembe
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights - research in Sub-Saharan Africa / The purpose was to assess preconditions for a possible renewal of the Swedish support to regional sexual and reproductive health and rights research and research training activities in sub-Saharan Africa. Also, an inventory of active researchers and relevant research institutions in Sweden and select sub-Saharan African countries working on SRHR issues was made. The study concludes that a regional network/centre to strengthen research capacity on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues should be re-started. However, this centre should be designed differently than the previous centre, playing a coordinating and networking role and relying more on the member institutions, both Swedish and African, rather than creating an entirely new structure. Overall, Sidas support to health care and research strengthening within the area of SRHR should be synergistic, long-term and pragmatic.