"Reimaging Reporidcution: Making babies, making kin and citizens in Africa" is a five year project funded by the Wellcome Trust. The principal investigator for this project is Professor Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, and includes research sites in Malawi, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa.
The project aims to influence future studies of reproduction in Africa.
We will build and strengthen a research network on the continent and create an environment that supports a cohort of early and mid-career researchers to drive the research agenda for the years to come. We believe this is important because social realities in Africa are regularly misrepresented; in order to correct this, it needs research from the continent on the continent. The topic of the research network is reproduction in four African countries. Most research and interventions into reproductive health in Africa frame it in terms of pathology, mortality, and irresponsibility. Instead, we ask what it means for African women, men and couples to have (or not have) children and explore in what ways love, care, beginning something new and securing better futures are expressed in in raising children.