African Population and Health Research Center

APHRC is a leading pan-African research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, that conducts high quality policy-relevant research on population, health, education, urbanization and related development issues across Africa. APHRC actively engages policymakers and other key stakeholders to achieve measurable policy impacts and ensure decision making across the continent is informed by rigorous evidence-based research.

APHRC is also committed to developing the next generation of globally competitive African scholars and leads by example through numerous research capacity strengthening initiatives and strong partnerships with top African universities and research institutions. Over the last decade, APHRC has contributed to a better Africa through quality research, and results-based strategic communications and policy engagement.


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Ghanaian cancer specialists examine a patient’s scan. Reuters/Olivier Asselin

Africa needs a fresh approach to ‘lifestyle’ diseases research

So-called lifestyle diseases such as cancer and heart disease have been rising in Africa, adding to the already huge burden of disease in poor countries. But the research has not kept pace.
Four-year-old Stacey Musimbi sits inside a specialised early childhood deaf unit programme in Nairobi. Reuters/Samantha Sais

Are Kenyan children ready for the leap from pre-primary to primary school?

Early childhood education services have proliferated in the public and private sectors. But many children who attend these preschool centres do not receive quality services.
A parent surveys the scene of Kenya’s worst school fire, in which 63 students died in 2001. Recent arson attacks have been aimed at disruption. Reuters

Fighting fire with fire is unlikely to stem Kenya student unrest

A shocking wave of school fires set by students across Kenya has elicited a range of counter-measures, none of which appears to get to the root of the problem.
Are schools the best place to teach life skills? Noor Khamis/Reuters

Kenyan schools reform is a unique chance to rethink life-skills teaching

Thanks to life-skills training, girls who previously believed it improbable that they would go on to secondary school are now allowing themselves to dream about possibilities.
Embarking on the path to a PhD is a scary business. Shutterstock

Want to do your PhD in Africa? Here’s what you need to know

Many people are left floundering when they try to get working on their PhDs. In Africa, this is often because the skills they need haven't been developed earlier in their academic careers.
Genomic research in Africa will help explain the genetic risk factors of diseases that affect the world’s poorest people. Shutterstock

Why African genomic studies can solve the continent’s health issues

Genomic research must take place in Africa because African populations have evolved significantly and their genetic composition is more diverse than that of populations elsewhere.
Blister-packs of the contraceptive drug Diane-35. In Kenya, millions of women do not have access to contraception methods. Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Kenya needs a new plan to make contraceptives accessible again

Contraception gives women the choice of how many children to have and when to have them. This empowers them - but millions of women in Kenya do not have this choice.
Poverty is rife in Malawi, with more than 90% living on less than US$2 a day. One of the reasons young urban Malawians give for engaging in transactional sex is to get food. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

What’s driving young people to have transactional sex in Malawi’s slums

Material deprivation and young people desiring the latest fashion trends are motivating the transactional sex relationships in Malawi's urban slums.

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