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From Research to Practice

Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research

Geneva Workshop 2016

24-28 October 2016

WHO Headquarters, 20 Avenue Appia, Geneva

Geneva Workshop 2016

organized by

the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research


the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme for Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, Department of Reproductive Health and Research; Family and Community Health Cluster (WHO/RHR)

With the support of

The Republic and Canton of Geneva

République et canton de Genève

Société coopérative médicale de Beaulieu


Geneva Welcome Centre



The workshop content is based on the research protocols developed by course participants and technical skills they require in order to successfully conduct this and future research. The workshop content is different from that of the online course as it is fine-tuned to fit the skill needs of participants.


The workshop will be attended by a special selection of health care professionals from developing countries who have received top scores in the 2015 GFMER/WHO online training course in sexual and reproductive health research (From Research to Practice: Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research 2015). The participants who are selected to be invited to attend the workshop in Geneva have watched the presentations in all course modules, submitted and reviewed required assignments, developed a research protocol in collaboration with a coach and have actively participated in the online course community.


The workshop presentations are given by motivated experts in the area of sexual and reproductive health research from WHO, GFMER, University of Oxford, and University of Limerick.

Time Day/Presentation Presenters
October 24, Monday, WHO Library
09:00-10:00 Welcome and introduction Ian Askew (WHO), Alonso Lormand Maria Jesus (Geneva State), Lale Say (WHO), Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli (WHO), Igor Toskin (WHO), Mario Festin (WHO), Carine Willemin (Geneva Welcome Centre), Christian De Pree (SMB), Aldo Campana (GFMER), Charles-Henry Rochat (GFMER), Blaise Bourrit (GFMER), Khalifa Elmusharaf (University of Limerick, Ireland)
Review of the agenda Karim Abawi (GFMER)
10:00-12:00 WHO Library orientation

PubMed – the Einstein method

Cooking up systematic reviews: tried and true recipes for success
Tomas Allen (WHO)
October 24, Monday, WHO Library and Salle A
14:00-15:00 Where are we in ASRH&R today?

What does not work in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: A review of evidence on interventions commonly accepted as best practices
Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli (WHO)
15:00-16:00 How to develop a competitive research protocol Raqibat Idris (GFMER)
16:00-17:00 Ethical issues in reproductive health research Heli Bathija (GFMER)
October 25, Tuesday, Room M 405
09:00-09:30 Review of the agenda, question & answer Karim Abawi (GFMER)
09:30-11:00 Critical appraisal of the medical literature Jane Hirst (University of Oxford, UK)
11:15-12:15 Scientific writing Jane Hirst (University of Oxford, UK)
13:00-17:30 Planning and performing data analysis Khalifa Elmusharaf (University of Limerick, Ireland)
October 26, Wednesday, Room M 505
08:30-09:30 Review of the agenda, open discussion Karim Abawi (GFMER)
09:30-10:30 Quantitative data collection: Designing a questionnaire Khalifa Elmusharaf (University of Limerick, Ireland)
10:30-12:00 Ethical considerations in a research protocol (Practical guide) Karim Abawi (GFMER)
13:00-14:00 Technical updates on WHO work on contraceptive use Mario Festin (WHO)
14:00-15:00 Qualitative data collection methods Khalifa Elmusharaf (University of Limerick, Ireland)
15:00-16:00 Behaviour interventions to prevent STI/HIV Igor Toskin (WHO)
16:00 Field tour  
October 27, Thursday, Room M 605
09:00-09:30 Review of the agenda Karim Abawi (GFMER)
09:30-10:45 Critical appraisal of research protocol Moazzam Ali (WHO)
10:45-12:45 Open discussion Karim Abawi (GFMER)
13:15-14:00 Reproductive health: A new holistic vision Giuseppe Benagiano (GFMER)
14:00-14:30 Provision of mobile health consultations in school setting in Cochabamba-Bolivia to improve sexual and reproductive health among adolescents: A pilot study Kathya Lorena Cordova Pozo - South Group, Cochabamba, Bolivia
14:30-15:00 Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and maternal and perinatal outcome - a double blind randomized clinical trial Rathnamala M. Desai - SDM College of Medical Sciences, Manjushreenagar, Sattur, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
15:00-15:30 The effect of maternal age on pregnancy outcome in women delivered in a private Hospital in Eastern Region of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Hisham Hussein Imam - Faculty of Medicine, Minia University, Egypt
15:30-16:00 The role of health workers in abortion care and post abortion contraception in Zambia Namakau Nyambe - FHI 360, Lusaka, Zambia
16:00-16:30 Preconception health in Brazil: Risk factors and non-communicable diseases assessment among Brazilian reproductive age women Mariana Felisbino-Mendes - Nursing School, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
October 28, Friday, Room M 505 & WHO Library
09:00-09:30 Fertility desire among HIV-infected women of reproductive age attending public hospitals of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Engida Yisma Derbie - Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
09:30-10:00 Psychological morbidity and quality of life after recurrent spontaneous miscarriages in women and their husbands in Bahrain Maryam Alaradi - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Bahrain
10:00-10:30 Exploring perception of Iranian married women regarding to sexual rights: A grounded theory study Roksana Janghorban - Department of Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
10:30-11:00 Influence of family environment on risky sexual behaviour of in-school adolescents in Oyo State, Nigeria Adenekan Osiyemi - University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria
11:00-11:30 STIs/HIV prevalence among patients attending GU clinic: A cross-sectional health facility-based study Valeska Padovese - Genito-Urinary Clinic of Mater Dei Hospital, Malta
11:30-12:00 Respectful midwifery Care is also a conduit for reducing maternal mortality in Jamaica: An exploratory study Cynthia Pearl Pitter - UWI School of Nursing, Mona, Jamaica
13:00-13:30 Prevalence of Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD) and the associated risk factors during prenatal period among pregnant mothers in Tanzania Anase Nelson Minja - HJFMRI/WRP HIV Care Program Tanzania
13:30-14:00 A study about the services of legal abortion in the first level of public health in the metropolitan area of Uruguay: Evaluation after 21 months from the services implementation Ana Monza - Public Health Services in Primary Care, Montevideo Metropolitan Area, Uruguay
Gabriela Píriz - Public Health Services in Primary Care, Montevideo Metropolitan Area, Uruguay
14:00-15:00 Discussion  
15:00-15:30 End of the workshop session