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Thursday, 20 May 2010

Improved health services for sub-Saharan Africa

People living in sub-Saharan Africa continue to feel the pressure of increasing poverty and morbidity (incidence of specific diseases). Adolescents in particular are at risk of reproductive health problems, and now a new EU-funded project is set to address this problem by investigating the effectiveness of existing programmes and identifying the structural drivers that restrict access to adolescent reproductive health (ARH) services in Niger and Tanzania. The INTHEC project (Health, education and community integration: evidence based strategies to increase equity, integration and effectiveness of reproductive health services for poor communities in sub-Saharan Africa) has received EUR 2.75 million in funding under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project, launched in March 2010 and scheduled to end in February 2014, will be instrumental in addressing the cultural barriers that currently limit access to or curb the effectiveness of ARH services found in partner countries today. Led by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in the UK, the INTHEC consortium comprises experts from the fields of reproductive health research and interventional implementation, as well as leaders in governance and policymaking in Belgium, Niger and Tanzania. INTHEC partners will develop and evaluate interventions for use in communities, schools and workshops. They will, for example, forge stronger ties between the communities and health units, and work to make local ARH services more effective.

Source: European Commission

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