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

Active

Duration

54 months

IDRC Officer

Sue GODT

Total funding

CA$ 2,228,800

Country(s)

West Africa

Project Leader

Dr Namoudou Keïta

Institution

Organisation Ouest Africaine de la Santé

Institution Country

Burkina Faso

Institution Website

http://wahooas.org

Project Leader

Prof. Andrew G. Onokerhoraye

Institution

Incorporated Trustees of Centre for Population and Environmental Development

Institution Country

Nigeria

Institution Website

http://www.cpedng.org

Project Leader

Abel Bicaba

Institution

Société d'Études et de Recherches en Santé Publique

Institution Country

Burkina Faso

Institution Website

http://www.sersap.org

Project Leader

Pr. Birahim Bouna Niang

Institution

Centre de Recherche et de Formation Économiques et Sociales pour le Développement

Institution Country

Haiti

Institution Website

http://www.cresfed-haiti.org

Project Leader

Manso Koroma

Institution

Organisation Ouest Africaine de la Santé

Institution Country

Burkina Faso

Institution Website

http://wahooas.org

Project Leader

Dr. Namoudou Keita

Institution

Organisation Ouest Africaine de la Santé

Institution Country

Burkina Faso

Institution Website

http://wahooas.org

Project Leader

Prof. Birahim Bouna Niang

Institution

Université Cheikh Anta Diop

Institution Country

Senegal