Reproductive, Adolescent, and Child Health

Our program conducts clinical, operational, implementation and applied research in all matters related to Sexual Reproductive, Adolescent and Child Health.

Women in sub-Saharan Africa face some of the greatest sexual and reproductive challenges in the world. African women have the highest fertility, highest HIV infection rates, highest risk of dying during childbearing and they have the highest unmet need for contraception. In addition to that women in the African Region are more likely to die from communicable diseases e.g. HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, maternal and perinatal conditions, and nutritional deficiencies, than women in other regions.

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Climate change is one of the most complex issues facing us today. It involves many dimensions – science, economics, society, politics, and moral and ethical questions – and is a global problem, felt on local scales, that will be around for thousands of years. Carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping greenhouse gas that is the primary driver of recent global warming, lingers in the atmosphere for many thousands of years, and the planet (especially the ocean) takes a while to respond to warming.

Because we are already committed to some level of climate change, responding to climate change through two-pronged approach:

Promoting reduction of emissions of and stabilizing the levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (“mitigation”);

Adapting to the climate change reality (“adaptation”).