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  1. Research

    Doctoral level research and training capacity in the social determinants of health at universities and higher education institutions in India, China, Oman and Vietnam: a survey of needs

    Research capacity is scarce in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) settings. Social determinants of health research (SDH) is an area in which research capacity is lacking, particularly in Asian countries. SD...

    Farhad Ali, Arun Shet, Weirong Yan, Abdullah Al-Maniri, Salla Atkins and Henry Lucas

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:76

    Published on: 2 September 2017

  2. Research

    Donor funding health policy and systems research in low- and middle-income countries: how much, from where and to whom

    The need for sufficient and reliable funding to support health policy and systems research (HPSR) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has been widely recognised. Currently, most resources to support su...

    Karen Ann Grépin, Crossley Beth Pinkstaff, Zubin Cyrus Shroff and Abdul Ghaffar

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:68

    Published on: 31 August 2017

  3. Research

    Knowledge sharing in global health research – the impact, uptake and cost of open access to scholarly literature

    In 1982, the Annals of Virology published a paper showing how Liberia has a highly endemic potential of Ebola warning health authorities of the risk for potential outbreaks; this journal is only available by subs...

    Elise Smith, Stefanie Haustein, Philippe Mongeon, Fei Shu, Valéry Ridde and Vincent Larivière

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:73

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  4. Research

    Exploring the dynamics of food-related policymaking processes and evidence use in Fiji using systems thinking

    Obesity and non-communicable diseases are significant public health issues globally and particularly in the Pacific. Poor diet is a major contributor to this issue and policy change is a powerful lever to impr...

    Gade Waqa, Marj Moodie, Wendy Snowdon, Catherine Latu, Jeremaia Coriakula, Steven Allender and Colin Bell

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:74

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  5. Study Protocol

    Maximising value from a United Kingdom Biomedical Research Centre: study protocol

    Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) are partnerships between healthcare organisations and universities in England. Their mission is to generate novel treatments, technologies, diagnostics and other intervention...

    Trisha Greenhalgh, Pavel V. Ovseiko, Nick Fahy, Sara Shaw, Polly Kerr, Alexander D. Rushforth, Keith M. Channon and Vasiliki Kiparoglou

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:70

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  6. Research

    Setting strategy for system change: using concept mapping to prioritise national action for chronic disease prevention

    Chronic diseases are a serious and urgent problem, requiring at-scale, multi-component, multi-stakeholder action and cooperation. Despite numerous national frameworks and agenda-setting documents to coordinate...

    Sonia Wutzke, Nick Roberts, Cameron Willis, Allan Best, Andrew Wilson and William Trochim

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:69

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  7. Research

    Assessing service use for mental health by Indigenous populations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America: a rapid review of population surveys

    Indigenous people in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America experience disproportionately poor mental health compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. To optimally allocate resour...

    Cecily McIntyre, Meredith G. Harris, Amanda J. Baxter, Stuart Leske, Sandra Diminic, Joseph P. Gone, Ernest Hunter and Harvey Whiteford

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:67

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  8. Research

    Assessing the capacity of ministries of health to use research in decision-making: conceptual framework and tool

    The capacity to demand and use research is critical for governments if they are to develop policies that are informed by evidence. Existing tools designed to assess how government officials use evidence in dec...

    Daniela C. Rodríguez, Connie Hoe, Elina M. Dale, M. Hafizur Rahman, Sadika Akhter, Assad Hafeez, Wayne Irava, Preety Rajbangshi, Tamlyn Roman, Marcela Ţîrdea, Rouham Yamout and David H. Peters

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:65

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  9. 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

  10. 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

  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. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

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