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Dec. 8, 2019 Africa Publication

Non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa: a scoping review of large cohort studies

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) cause a large and growing burden of morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. Prospective cohort studies are key to study multiple risk factors and chronic diseases and are crucial to our understanding of the burden, aetiology and prognosis of NCDs in SSA. The aim of this study was to identify the level of research output on NCDs and their risk factors collected by cohorts in SSA.

Dec. 3, 2019 Africa Publication

A conceptual framework for capacity strengthening of health research in conflict: the case of the Middle East and North Africa region

In conflict settings, research capacities have often been de-prioritized as resources are diverted to emergency needs, such as addressing elevated morbidity, mortality and health system challenges directly and/or indirectly associated to war. This has had an adverse long-term impact in such protracted conflicts such as those found in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), where research knowledge and skills have often been compromised. This paper proposes a conceptual framework for health research capacity strengthening that adapts existing models and frameworks in low- and middle-income countries and uses the knowledge of the MENA context to contextualise them for conflict settings.

Nov. 26, 2019 Africa Publication

End-line Assessment of Integrated People-Centered Health Services in Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Since 2013, the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project has been working closely with the South African Department of Health (DOH) and its partners in five provinces to accelerate the reduction of morbidity and mortality through improving access, utilization, and satisfaction with essential HIV services. Drawing on its partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) Service Delivery and Safety Department to promote people-centered care as an essential pillar of health service quality, ASSIST secured support from the USAID Office of Health Systems to pilot WHO’s global framework on integrated people-centered health services (IPCHS) in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan District in Eastern Cape Province.

The pilot project consisted of a baseline assessment to harvest patient, provider, and decision maker perceptions and satisfaction regarding integration and patient centeredness in HIV services at onset of the project; training in quality improvement and IPCHS concepts and methodology; facility-based identification ...

Nov. 26, 2019 Africa News

Release of USAID ASSIST publications on promoting IPCHS in Mali and South Africa

The Integrated Health Services (formerly Service Delivery and Safety) department has collaborated with the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project to contribute to the development of integrated and people-centred health services (IPCHS) in different contexts and settings, including South Africa and Mali.

In Mali, work to improve the adoption of people-centred approaches in clinical consultations by health providers during pregnancy and delivery has been undertaken in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. In South Africa, collaboration has focused on HIV, and specifically, on how to promote patient-centredness in HIV services.

Reports describing both collaborations have been recently released.

Access the South Africa report here >>

Access the Mali report here >>

Nov. 7, 2019 Africa Publication

Non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa: a scoping review of large cohort studies

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) cause a large and growing burden of morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. Prospective cohort studies are key to study multiple risk factors and chronic diseases and are crucial to our understanding of the burden, aetiology and prognosis of NCDs in SSA. The aim of this study was to identify the level of research output on NCDs and their risk factors collected by cohorts in SSA.

May 9, 2018 Africa Publication

Primary health services at district level in South Africa: a critique of the primary health care approach

The rhetoric of primary health care philosophy in the district health system is widely cited as a fundamental component of the health transformation process in post-apartheid South Africa. Despite, South Africa´s progress and attempts at implementing primary health care, various factors still limit its success.

May 23, 2016 Africa

Community of Practice Health Service Delivery (CoP HSD)

The CoP HSD functions under the umbrella of Harmonization for Health in Africa Initiative.

It aims to improve the performance of the local health systems (health districts) through quality health service provision.

It is an open network that brings together national and international health professionals, managers, policymakers, researchers and donors working in or for sub-Saharan Africa in particular and low- and middle-income countries in general.

It creates a platform where experts can share their experiences, knowledge, literature, and best practices in the field of health service delivery.

It helps local health actors to provide quality health care.

The expected results are the empowerment of local actors and the building of strong local health systems for better responding to the needs of the population.

Our tools, published in English and French are a blog, a Newsletter (also available in French), an online discussion forum, collaborative projects and research.

To become a ...