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Access to maternal, adolescent and child health services in Senegal: mobilization of the Bajenu Gox, neighborhood aunties
15 January 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Description: Maternal, neonatal and child mortality in Senegal is still high. To address the situation, the Senegal government has started the Bajenu Gox program in 2009. The Innovation for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) research project « Bajenu Gox : A Community Approach to Maternal and Child Health in Senegal », attempted to revitalize the program and to strengthen the activities of these neighborhood aunties at the community level. Come learn about the obstacles faced by this program, what the project did and what were the impacts on the health service use, and more largely on gender equality, family planning use, child health, and much more.
The speakers are:
• Dr Rosalie A. Diop, professor and researcher, Institut de Population, Développement et Santé de la Reproduction, Université Cheick Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
• Dr Samba Cor Sarr, Chief of research division at the Direction de la Planification, de la Recherche et des Statistiques and permanent secretary at the national ethic committee for health research, Senegal
This webinar is free. Translation in French and English will be available.
The Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) initiative seeks to improve maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes by strengthening health systems, using primary healthcare as an entry point. This eight-year (2014 – 2021), $36 million initiative is jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Global Aﬀairs Canada (GAC), and the International Development Research Center (IDRC). It illustrates how partnerships serve to advance Canadian global health priorities. IMCHA funds projects in 11 sub-Saharan African countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Nineteen research teams (RTs) are generating evidence and promoting its use in policy and practice. Nine of these RTs received additional funds to complement their initial research projects. Two Health Policy and Research Organizations (HPROs) collaborate with the RTs to further foster uptake of evidence into policy and practice.
**You can learn more about this specific research project here: https://www.idrc.ca/en/project