Our work

Mentoring and capability training
As its prime goal, HM2R develops a mentoring and capacity building programme where local students, recent graduates and international students receives at no cost, knowledge sharing services, and professional tools needed to enhance the quality of their soft skills– particularly in research practice.  Hm2r is particularly interested in strengthen the research and leadership capacities of its members and community particularly of youth/young people and women, to be active participants of research that involve them. Hm2r’s concept of capability training goes beyond conduct of research and writing research reports;  effective  translation of research findings in ways that influence practice, and as appropriate policies is at the core of its mentoring.

To this end, hm2r is partnering with other knowledge networks such as the Ghana Academic Platform for Scaling Up Nutrition, The African Nutrition Society to collectively contribute to improving nutrition and public health literacy and research capacity. A recent proceedings of a workshop that considered how to develop the capacity of a global cadre of nutrition professionals for the post-2015 development era acknowledged several proposed frameworks for measuring nutrition capacity gaps, however, noted that few of these frameworks have been used in a systematic manner.

While hm2r and her partners are wholly supportive of capacity building initiatives that focus on teaching nutrition as a multidisciplinary subject within academic institutions, they equally place premium on strengthening capacity of nutritionists, and other professionals in cognate fields.  With a key focus on strengthening capacity to scale up nutrition, and inspired by previous conceptions of capacity building we propose a number of non-traditional capacity strengthening initiatives, including in-service capacitation. Potter and Brough identify a pyramid of nine separate but interdependent components to emphasise that capacity can only be developed in the context of the purpose for which it is seeking to operate or address issues.  In the context of capacity to scale up nutrition, the trio’s (hm2r, Academic Platform, and the African Nutrition Society) conceptions focuses on all the elements of professional provision in relevant nutrition-related training, mentoring, knowledge transfer, practical and transferrable skills development, research, leadership, and competences in individuals.  Key avenues and strategies being advocated are “Higher education as a capacity building initiative; Mentoring and short-term training; Experiential learning” . Details of which can be found in Laar et al (2017). Details »

 Young people’s sexual and reproductive health literacy Initiative

Hm2r’s public health initiatives focus on its key population/population of interest – young people. Currently Hm2r uses varied channels and engages diverse stakeholders to collectively contribute to improving these stakeholders’ literacy with respect to sexual and reproductive health of the young person. Details are included in the hm2r’s ASRH Literacy Project Concept.

Research consulting services
Through collaborative initiatives, HM2R provides advanced and innovative research-based solutions to both local and global markets. It creates a self-regulated virtual platform for members to bid for research consultancies. Success rates of such bids will be enhanced by the team’s collective expertise and experiences. Details »