Across sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls from the poorest socioeconomic strata are vulnerable to early unintended pregnancy, child and forced marriage, female genital mutilation, gender-based violence, and related negative health outcomes.
In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic due to the emergence of SARS-CoV2, which causes COVID-19, a potentially lethal respiratory infection. To date, apart from the novel Molnupiravir and Ritonavir, there are no orally or nasally administered antiviral agents to prevent or treat SARS-CoV2 infections.
With funding from IDRC, a research team from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study, a large international population research effort coordinated by McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), is studying why some people get COVID-19 and others do not.
This project, known as the "Multisectoral and Transformative Approaches to Rites and Initiations for Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Adolescent Girls", is an innovative response to promote gender equality and protect young girls from early pregnancy in Togo.
Building on their existing commitments to advance the timely and effective use of evidence in policy and decision-making, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and IDRC have jointly increased their support to the Rapid and Responsive Evidence Partnership of teams in low- and middle-income countries.
This project seeks to amplify the results and impact of the ADOS program by supporting five youth organizations working to improve the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls at the national level in Senegal.
The overall objective of this project is to encourage the use of research results and innovations generated through the implementation of the program “Better sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescent girls in Senegal” to ensure better sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls and to effectively protect them from gender-based violence.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact in the Sahel region of West Africa, which is already facing several protracted crises, including environmental degradation, poverty, conflict, rural exodus, and gender inequality.