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From Research to Practice

Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research

Geneva Workshop 2017

27 November - 1 December 2017

WHO Headquarters, 20 Avenue Appia, Geneva

Geneva Workshop 2017

organized by

the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research


the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme for Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, Department of Reproductive Health and Research; Family and Community Health Cluster (WHO/RHR)

With the support of

The Republic and Canton of Geneva

République et canton de Genève

Société coopérative médicale de Beaulieu


Geneva Welcome Centre



The workshop content is based on the research protocols developed by course participants and technical skills they require in order to successfully conduct this and future research. The workshop content is different from that of the online course as it is fine-tuned to fit the skill needs of participants.


The workshop will be attended by a special selection of health care professionals from developing countries who have received top scores in the 2016 GFMER/WHO online training course in sexual and reproductive health research (From Research to Practice: Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research 2016). The participants who are selected to be invited to attend the workshop in Geneva have watched the presentations in all course modules, submitted and reviewed required assignments, developed a research protocol in collaboration with a coach and have actively participated in the online course community.


The workshop presentations are given by motivated experts in the area of sexual and reproductive health research from WHO, GFMER, and Management Center Innsbruck.

Time Day/Presentation Presenters
November 27, Monday, WHO Library
09:00-10:00 Welcome and introduction  
Review of the agenda Karim Abawi (GFMER)
10:00-12:00 Valid literature search Tomas Allen (WHO)
November 27, Monday, Room L 14
14:00-15:00 Reproductive health: A new holistic vision Giuseppe Benagiano (GFMER)
15:00-16:00 Critical appraisal of research protocol Moazzam Ali (WHO)
16:00-17:00 Ethical issues in reproductive health research Heli Bathija and Sara Cottler (GFMER)
November 28, Tuesday, Room L 14
09:00-09:30 Review of the agenda, question & answer Karim Abawi and Sara Cottler (GFMER)
09:30-11:00 Ethical considerations in a research protocol (Exercise) Karim Abawi (GFMER)
11:15-12:30 Taking stock and looking ahead: The state of the evidence to inform ASRH policies and programmes, and of its application Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli (WHO)
14:00-15:30 How to develop a competitive research protocol Raqibat Idris and Karim Abawi (GFMER)
15:45-17:00 Qualitative research 1 Raqibat Idris (GFMER)
17:00-17:30 Data collection methods (questionnaire and interview) Karim Abawi (GFMER)
November 29, Wednesday, Room L 14
09:00-09:15 Review of the agenda, open discussion Sara Cottler (GFMER)
09:15-10:15 Scientific research writing for publication Hanan Hamamy (GFMER)
10:15-11:45 Peer review of a scientific manuscript Hanan Hamamy (GFMER)
11:45-12:45 Qualitative research 2 Raqibat Idris (GFMER)
14:00-onwards Field tour Blaise Bourrit (GFMER)
November 30, Thursday, Room L 14
09:00-09:30 Review of the agenda Karim Abawi (GFMER)
09:30-10:45 Social science research in SRH – from design to dissemination I Johanna Kostenzer (Management Center Innsbruck)
10:45-12:45 Social science research in SRH – from design to dissemination II Johanna Kostenzer (Management Center Innsbruck)
13:15-14:00 Open discussion Karim Abawi and Sara Cottler (GFMER)
14:00-14:30 Linkages that exist between facility Youth Friendly Health Services Program and Communities in Ntcheu District, Malawi: Adaptation of Interface Meeting Palikena Kaude - CARE International in Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi
14:30-15:00 Knowledge, Attitude and risk perception towards HIV/AIDS among internally displaced persons in IDP camps in Northern Nigeria. Oluwatomi Funbi Iken - University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria
15:00-15:30 Adolescent Health in Nigeria: Parents perception and challenges in Sexuality education and communication with adolescents, a study of Orozo Local Government Area Council, Abuja, Nigeria Abiodun Essiet - Lagos, Nigeria
15:30-16:00 Determinants of postabortion contraception uptake and method preference among women receiving abortion service: facility-based, cross-sectional study Melaku Samuel Hottessa - Ipas Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
16:00-16:30 Beliefs and behaviours of healthcare workers providing sexual and reproductive healthcare services to adolescents in South Africa: A qualitative study Kim Jonas - Maastricht University, School of Public Health and Primary Care, Netherlands
December 1, Friday, Room L 14
09:00-09:30 Determinants of Contraceptive Choices Among HIV Positive Women Attending Comprehensive Care Centre at Kenyatta National Referral Hospital, Kenya Peter Sisimwo - Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya
09:30-10:00 Prevalence of Hyperglycaemia First Detected During Pregnancy and Associated Factors Betty Nakabuye - Benedict Medical Centre, Kampala, Uganda
10:00-10:30 Assessment of male involvement in the practice of family planning in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria. Okeke Ogenna Olive - Kubwa General Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria
10:30-11:00 The perception of Norwegian adolescent on the use of contraception: A school-based study Karen Yngvil Omdal Thorsen - Nyon, Switzerland
11:00-11:30 A survey of adolescents’ pregnancy and child birth experiences in Kisumu West Sub-County, Kisumu, Kenya Nailantei Elizabeth Kileku - Kisumu County Family Planning Network, Kenya
11:30-12:00 Rapid Youth HIV risk assessment for school HIV peer education programme in poor resource setting: Case of Mungwi District, Zambia Patrick Makelele - FHI 360/ZPCT, Kasama, Zambia
13:00-13:30 Prevalence and Effect of Intrapartum Perineal Injuries on Birth Outcomes at the Korle bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) - Ghana Charles Takyi - Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana
13:30-14:00 Assessment of the Rate of Postpartum Depression in Kabul City Sayed Azimi - Mental Health Department, Ministry of Public Health, Kabul, Afghanistan
14:00-14:30 Prevalence and Determinants of Visible Congenital Disorders In Two Rural Districts of Ethiopia; A Community Based Pilot Study Teklu Lemessa - College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
14:30-15:30 Discussion  
15:30-16:00 End of the workshop session