The UN Global Strategy for womens and childrens health defines actions that need to be taken by various stakeholders in order to achieve better health for women and children. The research community as one of these stakeholders is tasked to deliver a prioritized research agenda; support research capacity strengthening in low resources settings; and effectively communicate research evidence and best practices to influence policy; especially as they relate to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH).
The UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), which serves as the main instrument within the UN system for research and research capacity strengthening in the area of reproductive, maternal and perinatal health as part of its Commitment to the Global Strategy, initiated steps to assist academic and research institutions play their role in improving the health of women and children.
This effort aims to complement and build on other responses of multiple stakeholders and previous gains in attaining the MDGs related to women’s and children’s health; and to establish a Global Research Network to facilitate addressing the challenges.
As the initial step for the establishment of the Global Research Network, the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) of WHO, that includes HRP, is convening a technical consultation during 12-13 January 2012 in Geneva, in collaboration with University of Aberdeen, Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGLOBAL), Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), Implementation Research Platform (IRP), and Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) of WHO, with support from NORAD and other partners.
The aim of the Consultation is to initiate the process of organizing a coordinated and effective response by the academic and research community to the Global Strategy through establishing Global Research Network and fostering dialogue between policy makers and researchers.
The specific objectives of the meeting are to:
1. Initiate a global collaborative network of academic and research institutions in order to effect their role in the Global Strategy agenda.
2. Operationalize the roles and outline the modalities of work for this network within the Global Strategy framework.
3. Define the scope and methods and a work plan for development of a prioritized research agenda to improve womens and childrens health.