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Women's Health and Action Research Centre

Benin City, Nigeria

Women's Health and Action Research Centre was awarded $1,112,000 between 1996 and 2016, including 6 grants in Population & Reproductive Health.


2016 • 3 years • Population & Reproductive Health

Established in 1993, Women's Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) is a Nigerian nonprofit, specializing in using research to build public health awareness and advocating for policy changes to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes in the country. Previous awards supported the introduction of the maternal death review in Lagos State, where committees of officials and service providers were established in health facilities to undertake in-depth reviews of maternal deaths in order to identify the causes and take action to improve service delivery. The project contributed to adoption of the review process and an expansion to include perinatal death in the review.  The new comprehensive approach is called the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Review system (MPDSR). This renewal assists WHARC to continue to implement and champion MPDSR in Lagos State and to lay a foundation for uptake in Edo and Niger states. This final award is part of the maternal health accountability portfolio in Nigeria and is expected to contribute to evidence of how accountability mechanisms can contribute to improving maternal health outcomes and reducing the maternal mortality burden.


2013 • 3 years, 2 months • Population & Reproductive Health

The Women's Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) will contribute to reduction of maternal mortality by piloting the implementation of a no-blame maternal death review system in Lagos state. The specific activities to be implemented are (a) piloting facility-based Maternal Death Review (MDR), (b) conducting community-based MDR, and (c) collaborating with other civil society organizations working on accountability for maternal mortality and government institutions


2009 • 2 years, 11 months • Population & Reproductive Health

In support of research to improve policies and programs for promoting maternal health in six states of Nigeria (over three years).


2000 • 6 years, 7 months • Population & Reproductive Health

To support the Nigerian Teen Care Project (over three years).


1998 • 1 year • Population & Reproductive Health

To support the Nigerian Teen Care Project, an STD/HIV intervention project for out-of-school adolecents.


1996 • 2 years, 7 months • Population & Reproductive Health

To study ways to improve the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases among Nigerian teenagers (over two years).

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