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Based on the current scientometrics, (2-5) the Editorial Board and the international patrons and flinders (1) of AJRH deserve a pat on the back for a job well done.
A cursory scan of the past editions of AJRH revealed that the majority of the research published was observational, correlational, qualitative, pre-experimental (one-shot case study design, one-group pretest-posttest design, and static-group comparison), and quasi-experimental (nonrandomized or no intervention) designs.
Moving forward, AJRH strongly encourages meta-analysis, systematic review, randomized controlled intervention trial, and mixed (quantitative and qualitative) research designs.
In my considered view, notable among the hitherto often neglected but significant RH issues in sub-Saharan Africa that the AJRH helped to call needed policy and research attention to over the last twenty years are:
As exemplified by many of the papers in this issue of the journal, the range, depth, diversity and cross-cutting nature of the issues that have been addressed by the AJRH since 1997 helped to reaffirm the interconnectedness of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and sustainable development, thereby firmly placing the former within the mainstream of public policy discourse across Africa.
It is to the eternal credit of Professor Friday Okonofua, founder of WHARC, the publisher of the AJRH and his associates and supporters that the AJRH did not suffer premature death or stunted growth.
The AJRH is very proud of this new recruitment as we are convinced that Dr.
Friday Okonofua, MD, PhD, FAS Editor in Chief, AJRH
The Ford Foundation, New York provided the first funding support for establishing WHARC and founding the AJRH. Indeed, the program officer based at the Ford Foundation's West African Office at the time, Dr Natalia Kanem, now Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director (Programme) at the UNFPA, was the major catalyst that helped the founding of WHARC and the establishment of the AJRH.
Without such eminent individuals of goodwill, AJRH would have suffered a stillbirth or possibly a neonatal death.
To date, the AJRH is one of a few journals published from sub-Saharan Africa that focuses exclusively on the reproductive health and related social development with a focus on women and youth.
A retrospective survey of all articles published in all issues in AJRH between 2006 and 2010 was conducted.
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