Despite progress in health outcomes achieved in West Africa, this progress has been uneven and recently tested due to growing economic and political challenges as well as to crises such as the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak. The events have served to further weaken often-fragile health systems, particularly in their ability to promote health prevention and strong primary health care services that address social determinants of health as root causes of ill-health. Responding to the changing health needs and providing quality health services requires, in part, an understanding of the evolving demographics and reliable data on which to base informed decisions that can have a positive impact for those who are most vulnerable.
International Development Research Centre
Tuesday, May 23, 2017