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Are Africans Willing to Pay Higher Taxes or User Fees for Better Health Care?

"In many parts of Africa, access to and quality of medical services remain poor. While economic growth in recent decades has fostered improved health care on the continent, weak funding, brain drain of trained professionals, and ongoing battles wi…

Southern African Development Community Health Policy: Under Construction

Regional health policy in Southern Africa is still under construction. The SADC Protocol on Health, signed in 1999, lays the cornerstone for health development in the region. A pressing issue in the SADC region is a lack of coordinated access to hea…

Despite Gains, Barriers Keep Health Care High on Africa's Priority List

"Access to health care gained the spotlight on national and international development agendas when the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration outlined a strategy for achieving universal access to primary health care by the year 2000. The Millennium Development …

Climate Change and Advocacy on Adaptation Strategies at the Local Level in Nigeria

In this paper it is argued that the proof of effective climate change adaptation strategies in Nigeria lies in improved resilience of the hundreds of millions of people living in communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Inv…

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…

What Factors Influence Health Policy Entrepreneurs in West Africa?

"This paper investigates the agenda-setting criteria used by policy entrepreneurs directly involved in the implementation of user-fee abolition or reduction policies for maternal care services in Africa. The study uses an experimental technique, bes…

Assessing User Satisfaction with the Quality of Healthcare Services in Cameroon

This study aims to evaluate user satisfaction with, and perceptions about the quality of the healthcare services provided in health facilities in Cameroon. The analyses make use of the 2010 Quantitative Service Delivery Survey (QSDS), jointly carrie…

The COVID-19 Pandemic in the IGAD Region: Impact on the Health and Economy - Volume 1

The COVID crisis has cast its dark shadow in the IGAD region at the worst time as it came on top of problems of the weak or fragile states, lack of capacity, widespread poverty and food insecurity, conflicts, and the desert locust invasion. Many of …

Sustainable Resource Mobilisation to Strengthen Global Healthcare Interventions

Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) ordinarily experience protracted epidemiological transitions – the dual burden of infection and chronic noncommunicable disease (NCD). The COVID-19 pandemic has left LMICs with a triple burden: pre-existent N…

SADC and the Abuja Declaration: Honouring the Pledge

In 2001, the African Union (AU) member states signed the Abuja Declaration, thereby pledging to allocate at least 15% of their national budgets each year to improving their healthcare systems. To this day, fulfilling this pledge has been a struggle …

Inequality of Health Opportunity among Children Aged under 5 Years in Togo

The literature on public health shows that health status of children and their nutritional status influence their health and well-being in adulthood. Therefore, policies to improve the health status of a population must consider children’s health an…

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