A benchmark site visits for the SPHMMC COE in reproductive health was successfully conducted in Bangkok, Thailand from June 11-14, 2018 and Nairobi, Kenya on June 20, 2018 at institutions with extensive experience that have existed for over 20 years. A team of 6 consisting 4 OBGYN department members and 2 CIRHT staff visited Mahidol Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol OBGYN department at Mahidol University in Bangkok, and African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Kenya.
The visit included brief presentation by the hosts to provide an overview of the their programs, discussions on the organizational structure and business plan followed by a site visit of the institutions. It has been insightful in understating the overall set up of the institutions in the focus areas of Research, Education and Training, Policy Engagement, Clinical Services as well as Leadership and Administration. The visit has created an opportunity for the team to brainstorm and identifying lessons learned for the COE at SPHMMC.