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Health Research Policy and Systems

Volume 15 Supplement 1

People and research: improved health systems for West Africans, by West Africans

Research

Publication of this supplement has been supported by the Internation Development Research Centre. The articles have undergone the journal's standard peer review process for supplements. The Supplement Editors declare that they have no competing interests.

Edited by Sue Godt and Anne-Marie Schryer-Roy.

  1. Content type: Introduction

    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...

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

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

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  2. Content type: Commentary

    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...

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

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

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  3. Content type: Research

    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...

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

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

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  4. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: Maurice Yaogo

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

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  5. Content type: Research

    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...

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

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

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  6. Content type: Research

    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 ...

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

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

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  7. Content type: Review

    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...

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

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

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  8. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: Issiaka Sombié, Jude Aidam and Gabriela Montorzi

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

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  9. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: Selina Defor, Aku Kwamie and Irene Akua Agyepong

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

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  10. Content type: Research

    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 ...

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

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

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  11. Content type: Research

    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...

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

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

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