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Volume 17 Supplement 2

Research for health systems strengthening in Africa: studies by fellows of the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship (ADDRF) program


Publication of this supplement was funded by the International Development Research Center (Grant Number 107508-001) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Grant Number 14-107495-000-INP). The articles have undergone the journal's standard peer review process for supplements. Chimaraoke Izugbara is employed by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), which co-manages the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship Program. Caroline Kabiru was employed by APHRC at the time the supplement articles were prepared. No other competing interests were declared.

Edited by Chimaraoke O. Izugbar and Caroline W. Kabiru.

  1. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) experiences an acute dearth of well-trained and skilled researchers. This dearth constrains the region’s capacity to identify and address the root causes of its poor social, health, de...

    Authors: Chimaraoke O. Izugbara, Caroline W. Kabiru, Djesika Amendah, Zacharie Tsala Dimbuene, Hermann Pythagore Pierre Donfouet, Esso-Hanam Atake, Marie-Gloriose Ingabire, Stephen Maluka, Joyce N. Mumah, Matilu Mwau, Mollyne Ndinya, Kenneth Ngure, Estelle M. Sidze, Charles Sossa, Abdramane Soura and Alex C. Ezeh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 2):696
  2. Reminder/recall systems are effective ways to improve immunization rates, but their feasibility in primary health care (PHC) settings in Nigeria has not been adequately evaluated. In this study we describe the...

    Authors: Victoria Bolanle Brown and O. Abimbola Oluwatosin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 2):703
  3. Centralized dispensing of essential medicines is one of South Africa’s strategies to address the shortage of pharmacists, reduce patients’ waiting times and reduce over-crowding at public sector healthcare fac...

    Authors: Bvudzai Priscilla Magadzire, Bruno Marchal, Tania Mathys, Richard O. Laing and Kim Ward
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 2):724
  4. Information-use is an integral component of a routine health information system and essential to influence policy-making, program actions and research. Despite an increased amount of routine data collected, pl...

    Authors: Edward Nicol, Debbie Bradshaw, Jeannine Uwimana-Nicol and Lilian Dudley
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 2):765
  5. Low and middle income countries face many challenges in meeting their populations’ mental health care needs. Though family caregiving is crucial to the management of severe mental health disabilities, such as ...

    Authors: Yaw Nyarko Opoku-Boateng, Irene A. Kretchy, Genevieve Cecilia Aryeetey, Duah Dwomoh, Sybil Decker, Samuel Agyei Agyemang, Yesim Tozan, Moses Aikins and Justice Nonvignon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 2):697
  6. Poor, Black African males are underrepresented as patients in facilities that treat problem drinking in Cape Town, South Africa. Reasons for this remain unclear, but factors such as the kinds of treatment prov...

    Authors: Amina Saban, Neo Morojele and Leslie London
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 2):740
  7. People with disabilities represent approximately 6% of the Senegalese population. They face significant barriers to accessing health care. Although several initiatives have been implemented to improve access t...

    Authors: Diarra Bousso Senghor, Oumar Diop and Issa Sombié
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 2):695
  8. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is characterized by a high prevalence of hypertension (HTN) and a high proportion of uncontrolled HTN, which is indicative of poor HTN management. Effective managemen...

    Authors: Aimée M. Lulebo, Didine K. Kaba, Silvestre E.-H. Atake, Mala A. Mapatano, Eric M. Mafuta, Julien M. Mampunza and Yves Coppieters
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 2):698
  9. Health practitioners frequently encounter dying, death and suffering. While providing health care can be stressful, the literature on how different health practitioners cope with the emotional challenges assoc...

    Authors: Bassantéa Lodegaèna Kpassagou and Kokou Messanh Agbémélé Soedje
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 2):700