The African Network for Research and Training in Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV (ReproNet-Africa) is a consortium of various reproductive health research and training institutions and organisations across Africa. It was created in 2003 on the initiative of a number of organisations including: the World Health Organisation (WHO), Family Health International (FHI), Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI), IPAS, Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Initiative, Network of Training Centres, and Partners in Population and Development. The institutions which came together to form this consortium had all received support as Collaborating Centres for the WHO Special Programme of Research, Development, and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). ReproNet-Africa is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) currently located within the offices of the Wits RHI in Johannesburg, South Africa.
ReproNet-Africa’s purpose is to improve SRHR in Africa through the support and promotion of advocacy, research, training and capacity-building.
ReproNet-Africa’s specific objectives are to:
- Improve the technical capabilities of SRHR research and training institutions, and programmes by strengthening linkages between institutions and facilitating mentorship and support within the African region.
- Enhance SRHR research training and capacity building by creating and disseminating a database of suitable SRHR and HV training and skills building courses.
- Promote the dissemination and utilisation of SRHR and HIV research evidence in policy formulation and program support and advocacy by acting as an information portal whilst taking into account emerging trends.
- Provide a forum for dialogue, debate and advocacy in relation to SRHR and HIV in Africa, with a focus on key SRHR issues facing women in Africa including contraception and fertility; cervical and breast cancer; maternal health (pregnancy, childbirth, post-partum and post natal care, fistula); GBV and post rape care.