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. 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

  2. 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

  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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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