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Research Implementation

AHEAD serves as a platform for promoting inter-disciplinary research activities capable of improving health. Our research efforts are focused on strengthening the evidence-based facts and findings for effective policy making and programme development. The organisation has a leverage of accomplished researchers and experts with robust track records of attracting grants from a variety of sources, designing and conducting research activities in many states within the country. AHEAD has successfully implemented several health researches that are of significance at national and international level over the last couple of years of her operation. We also assist and provide services for the implementation of health researches to private and public sectors, and disseminate findings so as to make evidence-based facts available to stakeholders. The researches implemented by AHEAD so far include:

The Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA) Framework (Sept 2016, and May 2017)

Name of Client: World Health Organisation (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Funder: WHO

Overall Project Value: USD 2,500

Project Summary: A framework which was developed by WHO as a global document to provide countries with guidance for developing a coherent national  plan  for  the  health  of  adolescents,  and  to  align  the  contribution  of  relevant stakeholders in planning, implementing, and monitoring a comprehensive response to the health needs of adolescents. The AA-HA Framework was also aimed to support the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. For the development of the AA-HA Framework, WHO, through an open, global competitive bidding, selected AHEAD and 6 other organisations across the world to conduct the formative research that informed the content of the framework, and to field-test the materials for young people at a second phase.         

OVC MER Outcome Monitoring in Nigeria in 6 states across Nigeria (Aug, 2016 – March, 2017)

Name of Client: Measure Evaluation/Palladium

Funders: USAID

Partners: Centre for Research, Evaluation Resources and Development (CRERD), Nigeria.

Overall Project Value: USD 699, 972. 57   

Project Description: The survey measured the outcomes of OVC project funded by CDC/USAID using a standardized methodology that has been developed for application across multiple countries.

National Tuberculosis Quality of Care Study (April 2017 – March 2018)

Name of Client: Measure Evaluation/JSI USA

Funder: USAID

Overall Project Value: 53, 031, 325.00 Naira

Project Description: The project aimed to measure the quality of care of tuberculosis (TB) program in 12 states of Nigeria (2 states per region) and involved 144 facilities (12 facilities each from 12 states) and to provide actionable results for the Nigeria’s national Tuberculosis, Buruli Ulcer, and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) to develop program or interventions to improve TB service delivery using an innovative mobile-assisted data and dissemination system.

Tuberculosis Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (TBKAP) Follow-up Survey/Nigeria (Nov, 2017 – March 2018)

Name of Client: Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Abuja, Nigeria

Funder: Global Fund

Overall project Value: 56, 209, 736.00 Naira

Project Description: The project aimed to determine the change in            the level of           knowledge, attitude and practices (KAP) of people towards Tuberculosis in Nigeria. The survey was implemented in 12 states (two states per geo-political zone of the country). The study involved mixed-method approach, entailing the quantitative survey of over 10,000 respondents (general population, TB patients,  patients  living  with  HIV,  and  health  workers),  focus  group discussion, in-depth interview, and facility record review.

Understanding the use of misoprostol to induce abortion in countries with restrictive abortion laws – Nigeria (Jan, 2018 – )           

Name of Client: Guttmacher Institute, USA

Funder: Guttmacher Institute, USA

Overall Project Value: USD 214, 899   

Project Description: The project aimed to understand current gaps in knowledge on women’s experiences obtaining abortions using Medical Abortion, and providers’ experiences in distributing it in an illegal setting. The project focuses on the two largest states in Nigeria – Lagos in South-west region, and Kano in North-west region

Microbiome Study (May, 2018)

Name of Client: African Research Group of Oncology (ARGO) & Sloan Kettering Institute, USA


Overall Project Value:

Project Description: ARGO in partnership with Sloan Kettering Institute in the United States, and Academy for Health Development being the consultant, carried out a research on Microbiome in Osun State, Nigeria, primarily to identify factors that cause cancer, so as to effect changes that will prevent its viral spread in Nigeria.

Starting Right at School (StaRS), Gendered Socialisation among Very Young Adolescents in Schools and their Sexual Reproductive Health (Aug, 2018 – till date)

Name of Client: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Funder: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Overall Project Value:

Project Description: The Starting Right at School (StaRS) Project is a study aimed at understanding the gender socialization norm among very young adolescents. It is implemented in three different countries. In Nigeria, it is currently being carried out by the Academy for Health Development (AHEAD) in Osun state, Nigeria. The project which is comprised of 3 stages; baseline, intervention and endline phases has just rounded up the baseline phase.

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