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Middle East and North Africa Program (MENA)

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) program, initiated in 2001 with funding from the Ford Foundation, responds to the region's need for timely and objective information on population, socioeconomic, and reproductive health issues. The project explores the linkages among these issues and provides evidence-based policy and program recommendations for decisionmakers in the region.

Ford Foundation

UNFPA Arab States Regional Office (ASRO)

MacArthur Foundation

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PRB’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) program, initiated in 2001 with funding from the Ford Foundation, responds to the region’s need for timely and objective information on population, socioeconomic, and reproductive health issues.

PRB’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) program, initiated in 2001 with funding from the Ford Foundation, responds to the region’s need for timely and objective information on population, socioeconomic, and reproductive health issues. The project explores the linkages among these issues and provides evidence-based policy and program recommendations for decisionmakers in the region. Working closely with research organizations in the region, the project team produces a series of policy briefs (in English and Arabic) on current population and reproductive health topics, conducts workshops on policy communication, and makes presentations at regional and international conferences.

In 2012, PRB collaborated with UNFPA Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) to produce policy briefs and hold policy communication workshops in the region.

In 2009, the MacArthur Foundation provided support to translate several of PRB’s flagship publications into Arabic.

 

MENA Publications and Online Discussions

(in chronological order, most recent first)

Adolescent Girls in Egypt (April 2016)
(English PDF: 372KB) (Arabic PDF: 264KB)

Video: Ending Child Marriage in Egypt (March 2016)
(English) (Arabic)

Data Sheet on Women’s Reproductive Health in Egypt (June 2015)
(English and Arabic PDF:1.5MB )

Advancing Egyptian Society by Ending Violence Against Women (June 2015)
(English PDF: 334KB) (Arabic PDF: 640KB)

Responding to Rapid Population Growth in Egypt (November 2014)
(English PDF: 518KB) (Arabic PDF: 982KB)

HIV and AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (June 2014)
(English PDF: 483KB) (Arabic PDF: 906KB)

HIV in the Middle East: Low Prevalence but Not Low Risk (November 2013)
(English PDF: 483KB) (Arabic PDF: 522KB)

Ending Child Marriage in the Arab Region (June 2013)
(English PDF: 1.2MB) (Arabic PDF: 1.2MB)

The Need for Reproductive Health Education in Schools in Egypt (October 2012)
(English PDF: 1.8MB) (Arabic PDF: 390KB)

Women’s Need for Family Planning in Arab Countries (July 2012)
(English PDF: 888KB) (Arabic PDF: 741KB)

Egypt Youth Data Sheet: Selected Data From SYPE 2009 (February 2012)
(English PDF: 380KB) (Arabic PDF: 398KB)

Facts of Life: Youth Sexuality and Reproductive Health in the Middle East and North Africa (June 2011)
(English PDF: 1.2MB) (Arabic PDF: 2MB)

Spousal Violence in Egypt (September 2010)
(English PDF: 1.1MB) (Arabic PDF: 1.6MB)

Unintended Pregnancies in the Middle East and North Africa (July 2010)
(English PDF: 1.23MB) (Arabic PDF: 542KB)

Abortion in the Middle East and North Africa (September 2008)
(English PDF: 998KB)  (Arabic PDF: 1.48MB)

Advancing Research to Inform Reproductive Health Policies in the Middle East and North Africa  (September 2008)
(English PDF: 140KB)  (Arabic PDF: 1.5MB)

PRB Discuss Online: “The Middle East Youth Bulge,” with Ragui Assaad, regional director for West Asia and North Africa, Population Council  (May 2008)

Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Middle East and North Africa: A Guide for Reporters  (May 2008)
(English PDF: 1.3MB) (Arabic PDF: 2MB)

Youth in the Middle East and North Africa: Demographic Opportunity or Challenge?  (April 2007)
(English PDF: 187KB) (Arabic PDF: 320KB)

Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Middle East and North Africa  (April 2007)
(English PDF: 123KB) (Arabic PDF: 2.47MB)

Time to Intervene: Preventing the Spread of HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa  (January 2007)
(English PDF: 181KB) (Arabic PDF: 921KB)

Investing in Reproductive Health to Achieve Development Goals: The Middle East and North Africa  (December 2005)
(English PDF: 234KB) (Arabic PDF: 170KB)

Reforming Family Laws to Promote Progress in the Middle East and North Africa  (December 2005)
(English PDF: 171KB) (Arabic PDF: 180KB)

Marriage in the Arab World  (September 2005)
(English PDF: 226KB) (Arabic PDF: 451KB)

Islam and Family Planning  (August 2004)
(English PDF: 286KB) (Arabic PDF: 835KB) (French PDF: 156KB)

Progress Toward the Millennium Development Goals in the Middle East and North Africa  (March 2004)
(English PDF: 156KB) (Arabic PDF: 200KB)

Making Motherhood Safer in Egypt  (March 2004)
(English PDF: 821KB) (Arabic PDF: 732KB)

Empowering Women, Developing Society: Female Education in the Middle East and North Africa  (October 2003)
(English PDF: 144KB) (Arabic PDF: 649KB)

Women’s Reproductive Health in the Middle East and North Africa  (February 2003)
(English PDF: 234KB)

Finding the Balance: Water Scarcity and Population Demand in the Middle East and North Africa  (July 2002)
(English PDF: 789KB) (Arabic PDF: 1.1MB)

Iran’s Family Planning Program: Responding to a Nation’s Needs  (June 2002)
(English PDF: 456KB) (Arabic PDF: 1.08MB)

Population Trends and Challenges in the Middle East and North Africa  (October 2001)
(English PDF: 181KB)

MENA publications are available in English (and selected ones in Arabic and French) on PRB’s website. Print copies can be ordered free of charge by writing to communications@prb.org.

 

MENA Working Paper Series

In 2008, PRB invited researchers from the MENA region to participate in its summer policy communication workshop in Washington, D.C. Later, PRB and Assiut University, Egypt, held joint policy communication workshops in Assiut (December 2009) and in Hurghada (October 2011). The latest PRB workshop in Egypt, seventh in the series, was held at the Alexandria High Institute for Public Health in October 2014 (see table).

 

Policy Communication Training Workshops in Egypt

 

City/Year Collaborating Organization Workshop Topic
Assiut
December 2009
Assiut University’s Department of Public Health and Community Medicine Population and reproductive health
Hurghada
October 2011
Assiut University’s Department of Public Health and Community Medicine Youth sexual and reproductive health
Cairo
March 2012
UNFPA Arab States Regional Office Maternal health
Cairo
September 2012
UNFPA Arab States Regional Office Family planning
Alexandria
October-November 2012
Alexandria Center for Women’s Health and Development Youth reproductive health
Cairo
January 2014
National Population Council Women’s reproductive health
Alexandria
October 2014
Alexandria High Institute for Public Health and Population Council HIV and AIDS

 

The workshops (conducted in English) helped researchers identify the policy implications of their research findings, understand how research can influence the policy process, and communicate findings. Participants explored research-to-policy gaps and learned about the policy process and barriers to effective use of research, and prepared policy-oriented presentations. These workshops were adapted from a successful training program developed by the Population Reference Bureau in 1996.

Selected participants attending the workshops summarized the results of their research findings as part of PRB’s MENA Working Paper Series:

Most Clients Satisfied With Egypt’s Youth-Friendly Clinics, by Fatma El Zahraa Geel
(English PDF: 615KB) (Arabic PDF: 722KB)

Cairo University Study Shows Mental Ill-Health During Pregnancy Is Associated With Spousal Violence, by Rehab Abdelhai and Hanan Mosleh
(English PDF:669KB) (Arabic PDF: 742KB)

School-Based Reproductive Health Education Among Adolescent Girls in Alexandria, Egypt, by May M. Tawfik, Omneya G. El-Sharkawy, Mohamed A. Abdelbaqy, Sara A. Hanafy, Shehata F. Shehata, Adel Malek, Ibrahim Kharboush, and Hanaa M. Ismail
(English PDF:1.4 MB) (Arabic PDF: 1MB)

Mother-Daughter Communication About Sexual and Reproductive Health in Rural Areas of Alexandria, Egypt, by Yasmine Y. Muhammad and Heba M. Mamdouh
(English PDF: 607KB) (Arabic PDF: 982KB

Quality Sexual Education Needed for Adolescents in Egyptian Schools, by Fatma El Zahraa Geel
(English PDF: 617KB) (Arabic PDF: 677KB)

Minding the Gap in Alexandria: Talking to Girls in Schools About Reproductive Health, by Sara A. Hanafy
(English PDF: 871KB) (Arabic PDF: 487KB)

“Are Imams in Egypt Prepared to Help Stop the Spread of HIV/AIDS?” by Omaima El-Gibaly and Khaled Hemeyda
(Arabic PDF: 217KB)

“Domestic Violence High in Egypt, Affecting Women’s Reproductive Health,” by Eman M. Monazea and Ekram M. Abdel Khalek
(Arabic PDF: 200KB)

Unintended Pregnancies Remain High in Jordan, by Rozzet Jurdi-Salah, University of Western Ontario
(English PDF: 126KB) (Arabic PDF: 357KB)

Marriage Patterns in Palestine, by Yara Jarallah, Birzeit University
(English PDF: 139KB) (Arabic PDF: 307KB)

10 Years After Introducing Mobile Clinics in Assiut Governorate, by Ghada Salah El-Deen T. Al-Attar, Assiut University
(English PDF: 114KB) (Arabic PDF: 1.75MB)

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IDEA: Informing Decisionmakers to Act

By increasing the flow of accurate, understandable information about population, family planning, and reproductive health to policy audiences, IDEA enhances efforts carried out by civil society, the public sector, the development community, and donors.

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With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, IDEA—Informing Decisionmakers to Act—increases support among policy audiences for effective health and population programs around the world.

In implementing IDEA, PRB brings a fresh vision to policy communication. By increasing the flow of accurate, understandable information about population, family planning, and reproductive health to policy audiences, IDEA enhances efforts carried out by civil society, the public sector, the development community, and donors. IDEA develops materials on priority issues in cutting-edge formats; trains and supports media to influence policy change; builds the communications capacity of institutions, researchers, and advocates; and nurtures a community of policy champions.

To strengthen advocacy and communication targeted to decisionmakers, IDEA highlights these program activities:

  • Creating multimedia presentations to support family planning and reproductive health. IDEA engages decisionmakers in priority countries to develop state-of-the-art multimedia presentations, featuring Trendalyzer, thus broadening support and stimulating new commitment to family planning and reproductive health.
  • Reaching policymakers through improved media coverage. IDEA influences decisionmakers by training journalists to better understand population, family planning and reproductive health, and gender issues; sponsoring study tours and participation in conferences; and building networks and providing ongoing support for news stories. IDEA also works with journalism schools to strengthen future editors’ and reporters’ understanding of population and health issues.
  • Building capacity and nurturing new champions. IDEA broadens the knowledge and skills base of advocates about family planning and other key development issues—including gender, youth, and the environment. Key strategies include training researchers, program managers, and advocates in effectively communicating data and research to decisionmakers; sharing information through communities of practice; and live and online events that promote global dialogue.
  • Expanding user-friendly data resources. IDEA empowers advocates and decisionmakers through print and electronic information, highlighting the policy relevance of current data and research; the impact of population growth on development; and the links between reproductive health, gender, the environment, and youth.