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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. 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...

    Authors: John Koku Awoonor-Williams, Ayaga A Bawah, Frank K Nyonator, Rofina Asuru, Abraham Oduro, Anthony Ofosu and James F Phillips
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S3
  2. 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...

    Authors: Kenneth Sherr, Fatima Cuembelo, Cathy Michel, Sarah Gimbel, Mark Micek, Marina Kariaganis, Alusio Pio, João Luis Manuel, James Pfeiffer and Stephen Gloyd
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S4
  3. 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. ...

    Authors: 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
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S5
  4. 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...

    Authors: Kate Ramsey, Ahmed Hingora, Malick Kante, Elizabeth Jackson, Amon Exavery, Senga Pemba, Fatuma Manzi, Colin Baynes, Stephane Helleringer and James F Phillips
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S6
  5. 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...

    Authors: 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
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S7
  6. 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...

    Authors: 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
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S8
  7. 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...

    Authors: Wilbroad Mutale, Namwinga Chintu, Cheryl Amoroso, Koku Awoonor-Williams, James Phillips, Colin Baynes, Cathy Michel, Angela Taylor and Kenneth Sherr
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S9
  8. 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...

    Authors: Jennifer Bryce, Jennifer Harris Requejo, Lawrence H Moulton, Malathi Ram and Robert E Black
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13(Suppl 2):S10