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BMC Health Services Research

Volume 17 Supplement 3

Implementation science as an essential driver for sustainable health systems strengthening interventions: Lessons learned across the five-country African Health Initiative


Publication of this supplement has been funded by the African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The articles have undergone the journal's standard peer review process for supplements. LA declares that she is the Director for the African Health Initiative which was the primary funder for the projects described in this supplement as well as the funder for the supplement itself. LH and AG declare that they have no competing interests.

Edited by Lola Adedokun, Lisa Hirschhorn and Abdul Ghaffar.

  1. Content type: Research

    Despite global efforts to increase health workforce capacity through training and guidelines, challenges remain in bridging the gap between knowledge and quality clinical practice and addressing health system ...

    Authors: Anatole Manzi, Lisa R. Hirschhorn, Kenneth Sherr, Cindy Chirwa, Colin Baynes and John Koku Awoonor-Williams

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 3):831

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  2. Content type: Research

    Inadequate research capacity impedes the development of evidence-based health programming in sub-Saharan Africa. However, funding for research capacity building (RCB) is often insufficient and restricted, limi...

    Authors: Bethany L. Hedt-Gauthier, Roma Chilengi, Elizabeth Jackson, Cathy Michel, Manuel Napua, Jackline Odhiambo and Ayaga Bawah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 3):825

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  3. Content type: Research

    Health systems are essential platforms for accessible, quality health services, and population health improvements. Global health initiatives have dramatically increased health resources; however, funding to s...

    Authors: Kenneth Sherr, Quinhas Fernandes, Almamy M. Kanté, Ayaga Bawah, Jeanine Condo and Wilbroad Mutale

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 3):827

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  4. Content type: Research

    The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s African Health Initiative supported the implementation of Population Health Implementation and Training (PHIT) Partnership health system strengthening interventions in de...

    Authors: Hema Magge, Roma Chilengi, Elizabeth F. Jackson, Bradley H. Wagenaar and Almamy Malick Kante

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 3):829

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  5. Content type: Research

    High-quality data are critical to inform, monitor and manage health programs. Over the seven-year African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, three of the five Population Health Implemen...

    Authors: Sarah Gimbel, Moses Mwanza, Marie Paul Nisingizwe, Cathy Michel and Lisa Hirschhorn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 3):828

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  6. Content type: Research

    Well-functioning health systems need to utilize data at all levels, from the provider, to local and national-level decision makers, in order to make evidence-based and needed adjustments to improve the quality...

    Authors: Bradley H. Wagenaar, Lisa R. Hirschhorn, Catherine Henley, Artur Gremu, Ntazana Sindano and Roma Chilengi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 3):830

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  7. Content type: Research

    Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in sub-Saharan Africa will require substantial improvements in the coverage and performance of primary health care delivery systems. Projects supporte...

    Authors: Felix Cyamatare Rwabukwisi, Ayaga A. Bawah, Sarah Gimbel, James F. Phillips, Wilbroad Mutale and Peter Drobac

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 3):826

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  8. Content type: Commentary

    For national and local leaders to achieve universal health coverage, a new approach or technique to gathering evidence and understanding the contexts that influence the outcome of a study and goes beyond the q...

    Authors: John Koku Awoonor-Williams and Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17(Suppl 3):772

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