PRHP: Adolescent Health in Sub-saharan Africa Short Course

Posted on: Mon 24-03-2014

Population and Reproductive Health Program College of Health Sciences Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Adolescent Health in Sub-Saharan Afrca May 12-23, 2014
A short Course of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria In collaboration with The World Health Organization, United Nations Population Fund, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and other partners
The population of adolescents as well as the burden of adolescent health challenges are increasing in sun-Saharan African countries. Currently, there is low system capacity to address adolescent health issues despite incresing evidence and growing consensus regarding effective interventtions in this area. The capacity of relevant professionals to address adolescent health issues through effective prigramming is poor throughout Africa.To rapidly build appropriate human capacity to address the current burden and growing adolescent health and development needs,a skills-oriented two-week intensive course- Adolescent Health in sub-Saharan Africa-has been developed.Whilst explicitly recognizing that many sectors contribute to the healthy development of adolescents,the course will primarily focus on the health sector.
The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge,conceptual frameworks and tools necessary to strengthen health sector policies and programming in Africa. Specifically, the course will:
• Provide a grounding in the epidemiology, evidence-based interventions and delivery strategies for responding to adolescents' priority health problems
• Guide participant through the steps necessary for the development and integration of adolescent health interventions into national health policies, programmes and plans.
• Outline key challenges and solutions in developing and implementing interventions for adolscent health in the health sector includong issues of coverage, quality and costs.
Equip participants with skills to criticall analyse and improve policies abd strategies for adolescent healthg in their own countries, geagraphical focus or programme area.
• Adolescence and adolescent development concepts
• Theries of risk, vulnerability, resilience and behaveioral change.
• Epidemiological methods and data specific to adolescent health.
• Frameworks for understanding and priortizing health sector interventions for adolescent health. 
• Challenges in adolescent health: including and reproductive health, durgs and alcohol, mental health, nutrition, injuries, violence, infectious and non-communicable diseases.
• Adolescent health challenges and interventions in humanitarian settings.
•  Process for developing and improving health sector policies and plans for adolscent health.
• Scaling up of adolescent-friendly health services and school health and development.
•  Reviewing, generating and utilizing evidences on adolescent health and development.
• Current focus and priorities of international agencies
Teaching will include lectures, group work opportunities for participatory learning. Fo some sessions, participant will work in groups on case studies drawn from various African settings. All course materials will be made available electronically.
The course has been designed for mid-career professionals who have experence in adolescent health and current responsibility for health sector interventions in the African region. This may include health professionals, programme implementers and policy markers, as well as researchers with specific interest in adolescent health. The course will have a public health rather than a clinical medicine orientation. Applicants should have a good command of Englis as all teaching will bein Emglish language.
Facilirators are national and international experts with extensive experience in health and development fom OAu, WHO, UNFPA and other partner institutions
This course holds annually. This year's training will hold from 12th 2013th May, 2014.
Institute of Public Health Seminar Room,
College of Health Sciences,
Obafemi Awolowo University.
Prosepective applicants are advised are advised to seek funding from their home organizations, or from national or international agencies. Limited fellowships may be available. Applicants who have haverequested funding should submit their application forms to meet the deadline, and send a letter of confirmation from their sponsor.
Applicantsshould download the application form from this website:
Applicants should send the completed application forms as email attachment to: [email protected], or
By courier to:
The Programme Officer, Training,
Population & Reproductive Health Programme,
Provost Office Complex, Colege of Health Sciences,
Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Submission of completed application forms closes on: 15th April, 2014
NB: hand written filled form will NOT be processed!
The fee for the course is N210,000. The fee covers participation in the course and course materials. It does NOT include travel cost, accommodation and other meals including those at weekends
Successful applicants shall be contacted and receive bank details formaking course payment.
Attendance on the course may not begin until feess are fully paid. Cancellation of attendance on a course after the fee deadline may lead to loss of all or part of the fee.
Obafemi Awolowo University, Il Ife, Nigeria (OAU) is a leading African academic institution and has an excellent reputation in public health training and research. The university is located in Ile-Ife, Southwest Nigeria, which is the outstanding architectural pieces, OAU has one of the most beautiful university campuses in Africa.
The Population and Reproductive Health Programme (PRHP) is one of the institutional platforms of the university for multi-disciplinaty and multi-sectoral public health initiatives and for advancing international collaboration. PRHP has collaboration with several development partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MEASURE Evaluation, UNFPA, and UNICEF,PRHP has strong focus on organizing short courses to improve the competencies and capacities of health professionals.
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority within the United Nations (UN) system. It is responsibles fot providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
UNFPA is a leading agency within the UN systen regarding adolscent health and devlopment issues. It strives to build on and expand rights-based policies and programmes that promote young people's healthy development and provides them with age appropriate knowledge and tools to make informed choices and exercise their reproductive rights.
The Osun Sacred Grove, on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo (Osun State Capital), is regarded as the abode of the goddess of fertility Osun. The groove is a tangible expression of Yoruba divinatory and cosmological systems; its annual festival is a living thriving and evloving response to Yourba beliefs in the bond between people, their ruler and the Osun goddess. The landscape of the grove and its meandering river isdotted with sandtuaries and shrines, sculptures and art works in honour of Osun and other deities.
It was established in 1983 by Nike Olaniyi Davies to create jobs for young Nigerians and to encourage Nigerian women in arts. The center has a gellery to display works of art. They also entertain tourists in dance and interested tourists are tutored in the art of tie and dye making. The center is located in Osogbo and Lagos 
Erin Ijesha (Olumirin Waterfall) situated in Osun state is one of the wonders God has endowed the human rece with Amazingly, when you arrive at the falls, it does not look anything out of this wold until you begin climbing the seven levels of the ascending planis of the waterfals. The view at the levels is wonderful and the freshness of the water is energizing but wait unit you reach the last and seventh level as a torturous climber which is the most intriguing.
Another object of attraction is Osun State is Opa Oranmiyan (Oranmiyan staff). Oramiyan the third king of Ile-Ife was the youngest of Oduduwa's sosns. the father of Yourba nation. He was a very powerfull king and warror. Afer his death, his family was fabled to have erected the miniature abelisk called Oranmiyan staff at the place where their father died. It is 5.18m stone column (an about 4-feet square at the base), which is believed to have been the walking stick of Oranmiyan
Ikogosi, the hub in the tourism corrdor of Ekiti state, is an awe-inspring sight where 2 springs flo side by side but which one is cold, the other is very warm. The warm spring runs down a hilly landscape where it forms a confluencewith another cold spring from and adjoining hill and merges into one continous stream
For additional information about this workshop, please contact
Course Coordinator
Boladale Mapayi
+234 (0)803 393 0096
E-mail: [email protected]
Techical Officer:
Bamidele Bello
+234 (0) 803 804 4122
Email: [email protected]
Administration and Logistics:
Bukola lawal
+234 (0) 805 512 6060
E-mail: [email protected]
Email contact: [email protected]