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  1. Research

    The factors affecting the institutionalisation of two policy units in Burkina Faso’s health system: a case study

    This paper is one of three linked studies that attempts to understand the process of institutionalisation of policy units within Burkina Faso’s health system. It examines the relationships between the existenc...

    Andre Zida, John N. Lavis, Nelson K. Sewankambo, Bocar Kouyate and Kaelan Moat

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:62

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  2. Introduction

    The change-makers of West Africa

    West Africa was the focus of global attention during the Ebola virus disease outbreak, when systemic health system weaknesses compounded a serious emergency and complicated response efforts. Following the cris...

    Sue Godt, Sharmila Mhatre and Anne-Marie Schryer-Roy

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):52

    Published on: 12 July 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  3. Research

    The quality of free antenatal and delivery services in Northern Sierra Leone

    The number of maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa continues to be overwhelmingly high. In West Africa, Sierra Leone leads the list, with the highest maternal mortality ratio. In 2010, financial barriers were...

    Manso M. Koroma, Samuel S. Kamara, Evelyn A. Bangura, Mohamed A. Kamara, Virgil Lokossou and Namoudou Keita

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):49

    Published on: 12 July 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  4. Commentary

    Promoting research to improve maternal, neonatal, infant and adolescent health in West Africa: the role of the West African Health Organisation

    West Africa has adopted numerous strategies to counter maternal and infant mortality, provides national maternal and infant health programmes, and hosts many active technical and financial partners and non-gov...

    Issiaka Sombie, Aissa Bouwayé, Yves Mongbo, Namoudou Keita, Virgil Lokossou, Ermel Johnson, Laurent Assogba and Xavier Crespin

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):53

    Published on: 12 July 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  5. Research

    Free versus subsidised healthcare: options for fee exemptions, access to care for vulnerable groups and effects on the health system in Burkina Faso

    The many forms of healthcare fee exemptions implemented in Burkina Faso since the 2000s have varied between total exemption (free) and cost subsidisation. This article examines both options, their contextual v...

    Maurice Yaogo

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):58

    Published on: 12 July 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  6. Research

    Evaluation of regional project to strengthen national health research systems in four countries in West Africa: lessons learned

    Since the Commission on Health Research for Development (COHRED) published its flagship report, more attention has been focused on strengthening national health research systems (NHRS). This paper evaluates th...

    Issiaka Sombié, Jude Aidam and Gabriela Montorzi

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):46

    Published on: 12 July 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  7. Research

    Improving maternal and child health policymaking processes in Nigeria: an assessment of policymakers’ needs, barriers and facilitators of evidence-informed policymaking

    In Nigeria, interest in the evidence-to-policy process is gaining momentum among policymakers involved in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). However, numerous gaps exist among policymakers on use of re...

    Chigozie J. Uneke, Issiaka Sombie, Namoudou Keita, Virgil Lokossou, Ermel Johnson and Pierre Ongolo-Zogo

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):48

    Published on: 12 July 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  8. Research

    Situating mobile health: a qualitative study of mHealth expectations in the rural health district of Nouna, Burkina Faso

    The implementation of mobile health (mHealth) projects in low- and middle-income countries raises high and well-documented expectations among development agencies, policymakers and researchers. By contrast, th...

    Vincent Duclos, Maurice Yé, Kagoné Moubassira, Hamidou Sanou, N. Hélène Sawadogo, Gilles Bibeau and Ali Sié

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):47

    Published on: 12 July 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  9. Research

    Understanding the state of health policy and systems research in West Africa and capacity strengthening needs: scoping of peer-reviewed publications trends and patterns 1990–2015

    The need for locally-driven, locally-generated evidence to guide health policy and systems decision-making and implementation in West Africa remains urgent. Thus, health policy and systems research (HPSR) is a...

    Selina Defor, Aku Kwamie and Irene Akua Agyepong

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):55

    Published on: 12 July 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  10. Review

    Travelling models and the challenge of pragmatic contexts and practical norms: the case of maternal health

    As in other areas of international development, we are witnessing the proliferation of ‘traveling models’ developed by international experts and introduced in an almost identical format across numerous countri...

    Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Aïssa Diarra and Mahaman Moha

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):60

    Published on: 12 July 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  11. Research

    Spanning maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and health systems research boundaries: conducive and limiting health systems factors to improving MNCH outcomes in West Africa

    Despite improvements over time, West Africa lags behind global as well as sub-Saharan averages in its maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) outcomes. This is despite the availability of an increasing body ...

    Irene Akua Agyepong, Aku Kwamie, Edith Frimpong, Selina Defor, Abdallah Ibrahim, Genevieve C. Aryeetey, Virgil Lokossou and Issiaka Sombie

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):54

    Published on: 12 July 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  12. Research

    The West African experience in establishing steering committees for better collaboration between researchers and decision-makers to increase the use of health research findings

    Aware of the advantages of a project steering committee (SC) in terms of influencing the development of evidence-based health policies, the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) encouraged and supported the ...

    Namoudou Keita, Virgil Lokossou, Abdramane Berthe, Issiaka Sombie, Ermel Johnson and Kofi Busia

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):50

    Published on: 12 July 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  13. Research

    Enhancing the use of research in health-promoting, anti-racism policy

    The Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) programme was established to improve the health of ethnic minority communities through the reduction of racial discrimination. Local governments in the s...

    Angeline S. Ferdinand, Yin Paradies and Margaret Kelaher

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:61

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  14. Research

    Building capacity for information and communication technology use in global health research and training in China: a qualitative study among Chinese health sciences faculty members

    The demand to use information and communications technology (ICT) in education and research has grown fast among researchers and educators working in global health. However, access to ICT resources and the cap...

    Jie Wang, Abu S. Abdullah, Zhenyu Ma, Hua Fu, Kaiyong Huang, Hongping Yu, Jiaji Wang, Le Cai, Huimin He, Jian Xiao, Lisa Quintiliani, Robert H. Friedman and Li Yang

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:59

    Published on: 28 June 2017

  15. Research

    An output evaluation of a health research foundation’s enhanced grant review process for new investigators

    We assessed the ability of the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF, a small not-for-profit foundation affiliated with Manitoba Blue Cross) to determine the best candidates for selection to receive resear...

    Gregory W. Hammond, Mê-Linh Lê, Tannis Novotny, Stephanie P. B. Caligiuri, Grant N. Pierce and John Wade

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:57

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  16. Review

    Underutilisation of routinely collected data in the HIV programme in Zambia: a review of quantitatively analysed peer-reviewed articles

    The extent to which routinely collected HIV data from Zambia has been used in peer-reviewed published articles remains unexplored. This paper is an analysis of peer-reviewed articles that utilised routinely co...

    Tendai Munthali, Patrick Musonda, Paul Mee, Sehlulekile Gumede, Ab Schaap, Alwyn Mwinga, Caroline Phiri, Nathan Kapata, Charles Michelo and Jim Todd

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:51

    Published on: 13 June 2017

  17. Research

    ‘Holding the line’: a qualitative study of the role of evidence in early phase decision-making in the reconfiguration of stroke services in London

    Health service reconfigurations are of international interest but remain poorly understood. This article focuses on the use of evidence by senior managerial decision-makers involved in the reconfiguration of s...

    Alec Fraser, Juan I. Baeza and Annette Boaz

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:45

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  18. Research

    Improving active case finding for tuberculosis in South Africa: informing innovative implementation approaches in the context of the Kharitode trial through formative research

    Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading infectious killer worldwide, with approximately 1.8 million deaths in 2015. While effective treatment exists, implementation of active case finding (ACF) methods to identify pe...

    Deanna Kerrigan, Nora West, Carrie Tudor, Colleen F. Hanrahan, Limakatso Lebina, Reginah Msandiwa, Lesego Mmolawa, Neil Martinson and David Dowdy

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:42

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  19. Research

    Towards understanding the drivers of policy change: a case study of infection control policies for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in South Africa

    Explaining policy change is one of the central tasks of contemporary policy analysis. In this article, we examine the changes in infection control policies for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Sou...

    Trust Saidi, Faatiema Salie and Tania S. Douglas

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:41

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  20. Research

    Research capacity building through North–South–South networking: towards true partnership? An exploratory study of a network for scientific support in the field of sexual and reproductive health

    We explored the perceptions of members of the Network for Scientific Support in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health (NetSRH) on North–South–South networking and on constraints and perspectives for Sout...

    K. Van der Veken, L. Belaid, T. Delvaux and V. De Brouwere

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:39

    Published on: 5 May 2017

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