It is women and children across developing countries who suffer most from the shocks and stresses to health systems. In South Sudan — a country ravaged by conflicts — limited infrastructure, lack of health information, and severe shortages of health personnel contribute to high levels of maternal and child mortality. Outbreaks of infectious disease and epidemics have similar consequences — the impact of Ebola on maternal and child health in West Africa is one example.
This is one of five cross-cutting issues that have emerged from early research findings on large-scale land acquisitions in Africa. Read about how researchers are working with communities to increase their ability to protect their rights.