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Indigenous Approaches to the HIV/AIDS Scourge in Uganda

"The management of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses using existing drugs is very costly especially for poor households. This study has focused on the role of traditional herbalists in the management and prevention of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses in Uganda.…

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 …

Macroeconomic Policy Impacts on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ghana

"The HIV/AIDS pandemic has been perhaps the worst health challenge in recent history killing approximately 22 million people. In 2005, 3.1 million people died of AIDS related illnesses; an estimated 2 million come from Sub-Saharan Africa. Significan…

Macroeconomic Policy Impacts on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Malawi

"Malawi has experienced commendable results in as far as those macroeconomic indicators are concerned. The economy has stabilised with falling rates of inflation and a stable exchange rate. The appealing macroeconomic indicators notwithstanding, rat…

Assessment of Drivers of Progress in Increasing Contraceptive use in sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies from Eastern and Southern Africa

"Despite the immense health, environmental and economic growth benefits from use of modern family planning (FP) methods, recent estimates published by Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA in June 2012 present that only 17% (36 million) of married women in…

Health Systems as a Neglected Developmental Pillar: The Case of Ebola in West Africa

This paper mainly highlights how health is compromised in Africa. It seeks to question and analyse the predicaments faced by a number of African countries, particularly the western region as a result of the crisis caused by the Ebola epidemic. It po…

Picking up the pieces: Liberia’s peacebuilding efforts post-Ebola

"Liberia is at a critical juncture in terms of its ability to maintain its hard-won peace and ensure that its reconciliation and sustainable development efforts are not derailed. The West African country, with a population of 3.124 million,1 celebra…

Brain Drain and Regain: The Migration Behaviour of South African Medical Professionals

"Since the end of apartheid, South Africa has experienced a significant outflow of health professionals. The out-migration of health professionals from the country is part of a broader global trend of health professional migration from the Global So…

Tackling COVID-19: Finding West Africa's Path

The days when COVID-19 was only a distant threat to West African countries are over. It is now evident that the virus is here to stay and must be addressed with practical responses that take into account the West African settings. Although, the infe…

The Day After Tomorrow: Africa's Battle with COVID-19 and the Road Ahead

The COVID-19 pandemic has been widely described as unforeseen, and a “black-swan event”. It is, however, nothing of the kind. Scientists had long warned the world about the eventuality of such a pandemic. It is therefore nothing short of a failure o…

Capacity Imperatives of Pandemic Responses: Building Resilient Health Systems and Ensuring Socio-economic Transformation in Africa

This study examines the capacity challenges experienced by African countries in their responses to the COVID-19 pan¬demic and proposes priority capacity development actions aimed at building resilient health systems and supporting socio-economic tra…

Capacity Imperatives of Pandemic Responses: Building Resilient Health Systems and Ensuring Socio-economic Transformation in Africa - Policy Brief

This Policy Brief provides insights from the African Capacity Building Foundation-Islamic Development Bank (ACBF-IsDB) technical study, “Capacity Imperatives of Pandemic Responses: Building Resilient Health Systems and Ensuring Socio-Economic Transf…

Testing the Health Systems in Africa

It is still too early to assess the extent of the Coronavirus pandemic in Africa, but everything seems to suggest that it will have a major impact on already vulnerable health systems – from prevention to the management of patients. Various forms of…

Can the NHI Deliver an Improved Healthcare System? The Case for a System-based Approach to Health Care

This paper argues that the NHI, as currently proposed, is a one-dimensional solution to a multifaceted problem. The NHI focuses on minimising the financial burden of health services to the citizenry, and hopes to subsequently eliminate inequality in…

COVID-19 and South Africa's Foreign Policy

COVID-19 poses great risks to the African and global community but in what could otherwise be apocalyptic despair, there are also great opportunities to change the style and practice of international relations. Most crucially, there is now the norma…

Impact of COVID-19 on Trade, Peace and Health System in South Sudan

South Sudan is emerging from devastating conflict that has left thousands dead and millions displaced. The 2018 peace agreement implementation remains elusive as instability persist in some parts of the country. The onset of COVID-19 pandemic exacer…

Impact of COVID-19 Measures on Kenya’s Health System - Working Paper

The objective of this study is to analyse the impact of COVID-19 measures on the health sector. We have investigated the level of preparedness of Kenya’s health system for COVID-19 pandemic using selected indicators of preparedness, analyzed the lev…

Impact of COVID-19 on Trade, Peace and Health System in South Sudan - Working Paper

South Sudan is experiencing exponential rise in COVID-19 cases. The country is already struggling with the negative shock of the pandemic coupled with the climate shock, economic decline, political transition and crash in global oil prices that has …

State of the EAC Health Sector Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has exposed critical gaps in national and regional health systems. Despite contingency plans at national and regional (EAC contingency plan for epidemics and other events of public health concern 2018-2023) levels, ea…

Exploring the Role of Public-private Partnerships in Health Systems Strengthening: Experience from Southern Africa

The Brief draws from a Scinnovent Centre commissioned study as part of the African Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) Theme 3. The study sought to explore and understand the role PPPs could play as viable technological catch-up vehicles and…

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