Sahel: A new approach to guarantee strong and resilient health systems
In 2013, ACF developed a methodology that aims to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the health system and the community structure (diagnosis), in order to determine priority actions required for their strengthening (programming). Diagnostic studies have been carried out in several Sahelian countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad), which provided insights on challenges to be addressed for strengthening the health system and the communities of the study areas. However, there is still little information on coping strategies and health systems´ capacities to respond to health and nutrition shocks in the region.
It is therefore important to document these gaps in order to contribute to the strengthening of the resilience of the health systems in the region. It is in this context that this study was conducted by Action Against Hunger through its West Africa regional office.
The study’s title is «Assessing Health Systems’ Resilience to Health and Nutritional Emergencies in the Sahel Region, with Case Studies in Mali and Niger ». It took place from March 2017 to March 2018, covering the Sahel region, and including case studies in
Mali and Niger in three different contexts (Diffa – Tombouctou – Kita & Maradi).
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Author: Camile Eric Kouam, Fanta TOURE DIOP and Antonio Vargas Brizuela