Exciting New Research Projects at CRH

CRH is delighted to announce that we will be working on two new research projects, one focused upon adolescent health for the next 18 months, and the other around intrapartum care for the next 5 years. 

Rutgers, The Netherlands

CRH is excited to announce that it is working in partnership with Rutgers, an international centre of expertise on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights based in the Netherlands, to deliver the proposed research: ‘Global Early Adolescent Study: Longitudinal Measurement of Health and Wellbeing Among Urban Standard 6 Learners’.

CRH will be working alongside national implementing and advocacy partners including “CAVWOC” and the Malawi SRHR Alliance in collaboration with the Blantyre District Education Office, the Rutgers “GUSO” program and Promundo, an agency working globally with a focus on gender issues. In collaboration we splan to roll out an intervention in early 2020 to enhance reproductive health knowledge and communication skills entitled “Very Young Adolescence 2.0: A curriculum to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health”.

We aim to examine the impact on young adolescents of interventions designed to enhance reproductive health knowledge, communication skills and decision making as well as to understand changes in key measures that occur in the course of a school year. Specific goals are to test the sensitivity to change of the questionnaire measures in learners who participate in school-based communication workshop activities, and examine the stability of health and wellbeing measures during a school year over two successive survey rounds.


CRH is thrilled to announce that the grant for research: ‘Action Leveraging Evidence to Reduce perinatal mortality and morbidity in sub-Saharan Africa (Alert) has been approved with Horizon 2020. The research will begin in January 2020 for a period of 5 years.

The background

Intrapartum care needs more attention: every day more than 7,000 women and their offspring could be saved if known evidence-based intervention were consistently implemented during the few hours surrounding birth. Hospitals care for about 40-50% of all births in Sub-Saharan Africa including complicated births.

The objective

The objective of the research is to develop and evaluate a multifaceted intervention to i) strengthen the implementation of evidence-based interventions and responsive care and ii) reduce in-facility perinatal mortality and morbidity through a multidisciplinary approach in Benin, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. CRH will be focussing on analysing elements, domains, constructs and drivers of responsiveness and professionalism among midwifery providers and to inform the co-design and implementation of the ALERT intervention.

Improved Reproductive Health(RH) service provision and utilization

About CRH

The centre aims at providing leadership, training and research expertise in order to build the human capacity required to scale up the implementation of the national reproductive health program.

Contacts: Main Office

College of Medicine
Centre for Reproductive Health
P/Bag 360.
Chichiri, Blantyre 3.
Tel: 265 (0) 888 60 47 00

Email : pmhango@medcol.mw