Sexual and reproductive health

Developing Centres of Excellence in Knowledge Translation (KT) in maternal and perinatal health and preventing unsafe abortion

Grants for institutional capacity building- The finding that providing evidence from clinical research is necessary but not sufficient for the provision of optimal care has created interest in knowledge translation (KT), the scientific study of methods for closing the knowledge-to-practice gap and of the barriers and facilitators inherent in this process. Policy makers, funding agencies, clinicians, and researchers have recognized the need for facilitating the implementation of knowledge into practice and improve quality of care. While there has been an exponential growth in the interest in KT, to date there is limited capacity in the field. Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, and Zimbabwe are the selcted African countries who can apply for this funding.

Knowledge synthesis and exchange and implementation research

A skilled birth attendant checks a pregnant woman in a local clinic, Nepal
Gates Foundation

With the overall aim of assisting WHO Member States in implementing best practices in a sustainable manner, the Department of Reproductive Health and Research has adopted the knowledge-to-action framework as the conceptual basis for fostering integration and coalescence of knowledge dissemination and implementation activities

Best practices

The G.R.E.A.T. Network*

The network was developed to foster innovation and research in guideline implementation in low- and middle-income countries. It was developed in collaboration with KT-Canada, the Li Ka Shing Institute at St Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto.

D.E.C.I.D.E. Consortium**

Strategies for communicating evidence to inform decisions about health system and public health interventions.


* Guideline development, Research priorities, Evidence synthesis, Applicability of evidence, Transfer of knowledge

** Developing and Evaluating Communication Strategies to Support Informed Decisions and Practice Based on Evidence

Reproductive Health Library (RHL)

RHL is an electronic review journal that translates evidence into practical actions for clinicians and policy-makers.