Volume 13 Supplement 2

Improving primary health care to achieve population impact: the African Health Initiative

Study protocol

Edited by Kenneth Sherr, Jennifer Requejo and Paulin Basinga

Publication of this supplement was supported by the African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

  1. Study protocol

    The Ghana essential health interventions program: a plausibility trial of the impact of health systems strengthening on maternal & child survival

    During the 1990s, researchers at the Navrongo Health Research Centre in northern Ghana developed a highly successful community health program. The keystone of the Navrongo approach was the deployment of nurses...

    John Koku Awoonor-Williams, Ayaga A Bawah, Frank K Nyonator, Rofina Asuru, Abraham Oduro, Anthony Ofosu and James F Phillips

    BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S3

    Published on: 31 May 2013

  2. Study protocol

    Strengthening integrated primary health care in Sofala, Mozambique

    Large increases in health sector investment and policies favoring upgrading and expanding the public sector health network have prioritized maternal and child health in Mozambique and, over the past decade, Mo...

    Kenneth Sherr, Fatima Cuembelo, Cathy Michel, Sarah Gimbel, Mark Micek, Marina Kariaganis, Alusio Pio, João Luis Manuel, James Pfeiffer and Stephen Gloyd

    BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S4

    Published on: 31 May 2013

  3. Study protocol

    Comprehensive and integrated district health systems strengthening: the Rwanda Population Health Implementation and Training (PHIT) Partnership

    Nationally, health in Rwanda has been improving since 2000, with considerable improvement since 2005. Despite improvements, rural areas continue to lag behind urban sectors with regard to key health outcomes. ...

    Peter C Drobac, Paulin Basinga, Jeanine Condo, Paul E Farmer, Karen E Finnegan, Jessie K Hamon, Cheryl Amoroso, Lisa R Hirschhorn, Jean Baptise Kakoma, Chunling Lu, Yusuf Murangwa, Megan Murray, Fidele Ngabo, Michael Rich, Dana Thomson and Agnes Binagwaho

    BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S5

    Published on: 31 May 2013

  4. Study protocol

    The Tanzania Connect Project: a cluster-randomized trial of the child survival impact of adding paid community health workers to an existing facility-focused health system

    Tanzania has been a pioneer in establishing community-level services, yet challenges remain in sustaining these systems and ensuring adequate human resource strategies. In particular, the added value of a cadr...

    Kate Ramsey, Ahmed Hingora, Malick Kante, Elizabeth Jackson, Amon Exavery, Senga Pemba, Fatuma Manzi, Colin Baynes, Stephane Helleringer and James F Phillips

    BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S6

    Published on: 31 May 2013

  5. Study protocol

    Protocol-driven primary care and community linkages to improve population health in rural Zambia: the Better Health Outcomes through Mentoring and Assessment (BHOMA) project

    Zambia’s under-resourced public health system will not be able to deliver on its health-related Millennium Development Goals without a substantial acceleration in mortality reduction. Reducing mortality will d...

    Jeffrey SA Stringer, Angela Chisembele-Taylor, Carla J Chibwesha, Harmony F Chi, Helen Ayles, Handson Manda, Wendy Mazimba, Linnaea Schuttner, Ntazana Sindano, Frank B Williams, Namwinga Chintu and Roma Chilengi

    BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S7

    Published on: 31 May 2013

  6. Methodology

    Approaches to ensuring and improving quality in the context of health system strengthening: a cross-site analysis of the five African Health Initiative Partnership programs

    Integrated into the work in health systems strengthening (HSS) is a growing focus on the importance of ensuring quality of the services delivered and systems which support them. Understanding how to define and...

    Lisa R Hirschhorn, Colin Baynes, Kenneth Sherr, Namwinga Chintu, John Koku Awoonor-Williams, Karen Finnegan, James F Philips, Manzi Anatole, Ayaga A Bawah and Paulin Basinga

    BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S8

    Published on: 31 May 2013

  7. Methodology

    Improving health information systems for decision making across five sub-Saharan African countries: Implementation strategies from the African Health Initiative

    Weak health information systems (HIS) are a critical challenge to reaching the health-related Millennium Development Goals because health systems performance cannot be adequately assessed or monitored where HI...

    Wilbroad Mutale, Namwinga Chintu, Cheryl Amoroso, Koku Awoonor-Williams, James Phillips, Colin Baynes, Cathy Michel, Angela Taylor and Kenneth Sherr

    BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S9

    Published on: 31 May 2013

  8. Methodology

    A common evaluation framework for the African Health Initiative

    The African Health Initiative includes highly diverse partnerships in five countries (Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia), each of which is working to improve population health by strengthening he...

    Jennifer Bryce, Jennifer Harris Requejo, Lawrence H Moulton, Malathi Ram and Robert E Black

    BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S10

    Published on: 31 May 2013