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The West Africa Initiative to Strengthen Capacities through Health Systems Research

West Africa has many of the lowest development indicators in the world - 10 of the 15 member states of the West African Community number among the world's 35 low-income countries. The World Health Organization reports that 14 of the member states have a high maternal mortality ratio, defined as 300 or more maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. These dismal statistics tell the story of a region facing dysfunctional health and social services with a limited capacity to conduct research that informs sound health policies and practices. Of the health research that is undertaken in the region, much is done in isolation, and findings are not shared or disseminated across governments or health systems. The result: synergies across findings are not made and links between researchers and decision-makers are often weak. This project sets the foundation for producing and using rigorous and relevant evidence to strengthen equitable and sustainable health systems in West Africa. Four teams will be funded through a call for proposals focusing on research on how to strengthen health systems in West Africa. A group of leaders with regional expertise will be mobilized and supported to advise on the call and guide the overall project. The project will also help the West African Health Organisation, a respected stakeholder and the mandated body coordinating efforts to improve health in the region, promote interest in the call and encourage the use of research findings by ministers of health from member countries. Research results will be disseminated through a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal, policy briefs, and articles to further inform health policy and practice in West Africa.

Project ID
106948
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
54 months
IDRC Officer
Sue GODT
Total Funding
CA$ 2,228,800.00
Location
South of Sahara
Programs
Maternal and Child Health
Maternal and Child Health
Institution Country
Burkina Faso
Project Leader
Abel Bicaba
Institution
Société d'Études et de Recherches en Santé Publique
Institution Country
Burkina Faso
Project Leader
Dr Namoudou Keïta
Institution
Organisation Ouest Africaine de la Santé
Institution Country
Burkina Faso
Project Leader
Dr. Namoudou Keita
Institution
Organisation Ouest Africaine de la Santé
Institution Country
Burkina Faso
Project Leader
Manso Koroma
Institution
Organisation Ouest Africaine de la Santé
Institution Country
Haiti
Project Leader
Pr. Birahim Bouna Niang
Institution
Centre de Recherche et de Formation Économiques et Sociales pour le Développement
Institution Country
Nigeria
Project Leader
Prof. Andrew G. Onokerhoraye
Institution
Incorporated Trustees of Centre for Population and Environmental Development
Institution Country
Senegal
Project Leader
Prof. Birahim Bouna Niang
Institution
Université Cheikh Anta Diop

Outputs

Brief

Strengthening data generation system for improved primary health care service delivery in Delta State : challenges and recommendations

Brief

Achieving community participation in primary health care service delivery : what should we do?

Brief

Empowering lay community-based health workers : improving primary health care service delivery in Delta State : how? and what works?

Brief

Shortage in health workforce : experiences of primary health care service providers in Delta State : recommendations for improvement