New approaches for quality of care in Reproductive Health (Concerted Action)

To improve quality of care by facilitating the implementation of innovative and cost-effective approaches to the prevention and control of STIs and HIV transmission in existing MCH and FP programs
To establish a collaborative network of researchers to appraise existing SRI/HIV programs and services in four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
To enhance cooperation between scientists – involved in the development and testing of preventive methods, new diagnostic tools and therapeutic regimes – operational researches and policy makers involved in the design and management of disease control programs, and district medical officers involved in the implementation of RH care, in order to enhance the effectiveness, the coverage and the quality of care in existing programs.
Desk review of technical options for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of STIs;
Realization of an expert meeting to review the state of the art
Elaboration of an analysis framework for the identification of factors related to the success or defeat of the process of integration
Policy and program review in five selected Sub-Saharan countries (Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Uganda)
Analysis of secondary data in four selected Sub-Saharan countries including evaluation reports of existing reports
Interviews with key informants
Rapid appraisal on quality of STI/HIV care in existing health services;
Consultative meeting of selected scientists, operational researchers, policy makers and district medical officers to enhance the effectiveness, coverage and quality of care in existing programs.
Critical appraisal of existing STI/HIV prevention and control programs in four selected Sub-Saharan countries conducted
Opportunities for integration of STI prevention and control services in existing services identified
Critical appraisal of new technical options for diagnosis and treatment of STIs conducted
Analytic framework developed
Recommendations for integrating STI prevention and control in existing services made
Research proposals on innovative ways of improving quality of care developed and submitted to donors

Funding agencies

European Commission


Valentino Lema (University of Malawi, Malawi); Edward Kirumira (Makerere University, Uganda); Nimi Briggs (University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria); Job Bwayo (University of Nairobi, Kenya); Tsungai Chipato (University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe); Loretta Brabin (University of Manchester, United Kingdom); Anita Hardon (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Bruno Dujardin (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)


January 10, 1998 - September 30, 2001

Project status

Project closed

Team members

Ms. Marleen Temmerman


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)