- Health Management
- Healthcare Service Delivery
- Preventive Medicine
- Reproductive Health and Sexuality
The basic philosophy that guides the health program is that multiple social, economic, cultural, and psychological factors lie behind the health-related phenomena, and cannot, therefore, be resolved by medical science alone. The research activities within the health program essentially look into the roles social factors play in determining health and illness, status and career of health care professionals, knowledge and attitude of various population groups toward health-related issues, disparities in health service delivery, and people-health care institutions relationships and roles. We have had multiple self-initiated research projects in the health field, including the winner of the AGFUND prize for most pioneer projects: “Building Nurses Career in Upper Egypt”, conducted from 2002-2006. And parallel to these, we undertook tens of other projects to assist other organizations plan and carry out health-oriented programs permeated by the health-social science intersection Over the past 25 years, the CDS health program has been planned and undertaken in collaboration with a large number of government institutions, universities, CSOs, community groups, and international organizations. The program has been carried out in close relation with diverse urban, peri-urban, and rural communities in various settings.
CDS incorporates research activities in all health projects in order to bridge gaps in knowledge and create foundations for the application of such knowledge. This usually takes place in the form of capacity building of healthcare organizations, service providers, and CSOs particularly in relation with planning in the health field, health communication, family planning and reproductive health, nursing, and of service quality improvements. The program’s approach is thus inter- and multi-disciplinary seeking. CDS has created manifold opportunities for innovative work to explore phenomena in relation with diverse population groups and topics. Examples include adolescents and sexuality in family and community settings, children living without homes and health averse behaviors, nurses and social stigma, people living with HIV/AIDS and societal discrimination, people’s attitudes impact on morbidity/mortality of avian flu, the disabled and community integration of care, senior citizens and access to special care services, foster children and culture in foster care houses, religious leaders and health communication, gender relations and reproductive health, gender and medical ethics, qualitative experiences of people in healthcare facilities, and the child-to-child approach in health communication.