3 Decades of Existence
At that time, the challenge entailed widening the domain of population policy beyond family planning to include initiatives for promoting safe motherhood and child survival.
The Founding Members of RHWG supported a broader view of demographic studies and a population policy, allowing women’s reproductive health due attention.The group had its first meeting in Egypt in April 1988.
reproductive health of women
The group’s first initiative was the completion of the pioneering work, the "Giza Morbidity Study", which focused on women's reproductive morbidity, and gained international acclaim. The Study was part of a larger program established by the WANA office to examine the inter-linkages between children and women’s health within the context of the family and the community.
Host institution: Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
It has also successfully transformed itself into a Network. Dr. Jocelyn DeJong was appointed the Coordinator of the RHWG starting January 2008. She is a Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut. Dr. Jocelyn is devoting part of her working time to leadership and management of the network.
They came in the form of Monographs in Reproductive Health which presented original research, literature reviews and theoretical discussions; and primarily addressed researchers and students to contribute to the advancement of interdisciplinary approaches in research on reproductive health.
Members have recently focused on publishing their work in international journals and edited books as a suitable medium for the dissemination of their work world wide, reaching scholars both regionally and internationally.