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Integrity in the Public Health Sector Service Delivery in Busia County

"The findings, highlighted in this report may serve as a basis for an action plan to improve service delivery in the county’s public health sector. The study will provide a foundation for empowering the citizens to increasingly demand for better ser…

Ebola: Impact and Lessons for West Africa

The Mano river basin has now become the epicentre of West Africa’s Ebola pandemic. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the countries worst hit by the virus that has claimed the lives of more than 5000 people. Other countries with Ebola cases are Ni…

Fighting Ebola: A Strategy for Action

Despite overall sustained increases in income levels over the last decade, African populations continue to suffer under the heavy burden of disease. Three major diseases: Malaria, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis are among those responsible for the health …

Nutrition Policies in Developing Countries: Challenges and Highlights

Malnutrition remains one of the major obstacles to human well-being and economic prosperity in developing countries.There are strong normative and instrumental reasons related to human and economic development to address the burden of malnutrition a…

Joining Hands Integrating Gender and HIV/AIDS: Report of an ACORD Project using Stepping Stones in Angola, Tanzania and Uganda

There is a need for everyone – men, women, parents, children, households and communities – to join hands in addressing the immediate needs of those already infected with HIV/AIDS. This disease continues to attack an ever growing proportion of girls…

Walking the Talk in the Workplace Strengthening and Scaling Up Sustainable Internal HIV and AIDS Responses for CSO Workplaces in Uganda

There is a necessity to bridge the gaps in knowledge on stigma awareness between managers and their staff. Managers should endeavour to discuss issues of HIV and AIDS with their staff on a regular basis in order to get such feedback. This can be ac…

The Gap between the Health Status of Rural and Urban Women in Ghana: A Case Study of Patients at a Mission Hospital in the Ashanti Region

The women in rural areas play an important role in sustaining the agricultural sector which is often the backbone of many developing countries. However, their share of the national pie does not often reflect the importance of their contribution to t…

AFIDEP News June - Dec 2015

This newsletter by AFIDEP consists of several articles. The first article : Malawi President commits to championing youth development and the demographic dividend in Malawi and across Africa. The meeting and procedures discusses how Malawi can harne…

Perspectives on Primary Health Care in Nigeria: Past, Present and Future

This paper have analyzed the existence of PHCs in the enhancement of health care delivery in Nigeria over the last four decades. The study, specifically examined the evolution and the structure of the Primary Health Care delivery system in Nigeria.…

Reproductive Health Challenges and Policy Issues in Bauchi State

This policy brief is based on a stakeholders’ workshop on Reproductive Health Issues and Challenges in Bauchi State. It analyzed the contemporary challenges facing reproductive health in the state and policy issues and strategies to improve the prev…

Progress Towards Improved Quality of Life and Social Well-being for All Tanzanians

"The broad outcomes of MKUKUTA’s Cluster II are to improve the quality of life and social well-being of Tanzanians, and to reduce inequalities across geographic areas and between income, age, gender and other groups. Expanded access to, and deliver…

Equity Implications of Health Sector User Fees in Tanzania.Do we retain the user fee or do we set the user f(r)ee?

"Equity means that everyone should, in practice, and not just in theory, be able to access and use appropriate health services. Health services should not only be for the dominant population group. This implies equitable access and use, given that s…

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Nakapiripirit District Council Score-Card Report 2009/2010

"This district report provides evidence-based policy options needed to improve the role of Nakapiripirit district local government council in the delivery of public services and the deepening of democracy and accountability in Uganda. By focusing on…

Community-Directed Intervention and Healthcare Provision in Nigeria

"Despite massive development of health technologies and commodities for ensuring good health, the health status of populations in African countries, including Nigeria, continue to deteriorate or at best remain stagnant. The community directed interv…

Getting to Zero: The Importance of the UNAIDS 2011–2015 HIV/AIDS Strategy for South Africa

"Despite the good news that the HIV/AIDS rate is declining through the efforts of various world AIDS campaigns, South Africa is still at the epicentre of the pandemic. Along with reaching the global commitments to achieve universal access to HIV pre…

Overcoming Africa's Health Burden: Challenges and Prospects

"Africa shoulders the world’s burden of disease. It is the epicentre of the global resurgence of infectious epidemics and pandemics. Africans remain troubled by diseases like diarrhoea, measles, cholera and tuberculosis that have long been overcome …

Explaining the Health Status of Children in Sierra Leone: Parental Socioeconomic Status and Demand for Health Inputs

"In most developing countries, maternal and child health issues have received considerable attention in public health policies and pose formidable challenges. Several studies provide evidence of a strong relationship between socioeconomic factors s…

Determinants of Child and Maternal Health Status and Demand for Health Care Services in Nigeria

" Key findings for this policy brief is:Improving mother’s educational status, reducing food prices and residing in the urban sector are important factors for improving demand for health input such as immunization. Demand for place of delivery with …

Causes of Health Inequalities in Uganda: Evidence from the Demographic and Health Surveys

"Despite sustained macroeconomic growth and impressive income poverty reduction in Uganda, the country’s total child nutrition status remains poor. More so, wide within country disparities in stunting and under weight rates exist across the country.…

HIV/AIDS Sero-prevalence and Socioeconomic Status: Evidence from Uganda.

"Although Uganda reported large reductions in HIV/AIDS prevalence during the 1990s, recent evidence suggests that country’s rate of new HIV infections is on the rise. This study explores the factors that are correlated with sexual behavior and the r…

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