Strengthening Research for Health System Development in West Africa

Health research in the South is mostly funded and directed by institutions in the North, and is not necessarily related to priority health needs as recognized by those in the South. The West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), Health Research Unit, has been mandated by its member states to address this issue. This project will build research for health capacity in WAHO, and in four of its member countries (Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone). In each member country, researchers will map existing research for health capacity/needs, formulate a plan of action, design a training curriculum for a course on research for health, and deliver the training course. The last will include funding, mentoring and supervising selected research projects. In addition, a research for health information management system will be constructed and implemented (with appropriate training and adaptation) in each of the four countries involved.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

End Date

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


48 months

IDRC Officer

Godt, Sue

Total funding

CA$ 750,000


Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Dr Issiaka SOMBIÉ, MD, PhD


West African Health Organisation

Institution Country

Burkina Faso

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