Research Capacity Strengthening for Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Case Study from Latin America
An essential, but often overlooked part of health promotion and development support to achieve self-sufficiency in developingcountries is the concomitant need to build and strengthen research capacity. This is even more challenging and critical in thearea of sexual and reproductive health because of diverse interplay of socio cultural, religious, economic factors in relation toreproductive health.
This paper pr esents the case study of HRP’s efforts to build research capacity in Latin America by studying and analyzing the5-year history of institutional development support to an institution in Paraguay. In reviewing the efforts, we identify thestrengths in the approaches used by HRP, the challenges and outcomes of the process and we present recommendations forfuture efforts to strengthen research capacity to improve sexual and reproductivehealth. The authors call for greater support from and collaborative efforts of developmental partners and governments tostrengthen research capacity in low and middle-income countries to improve sexual and reproductive health.