Health Challenges and Systems

Infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases

Health is the backbone of a nation. Sub-Saharan Africa bears a disproportionate burden of ill-health, and health remains largely under-funded by many governments in the region. In 2010, HIV/AIDS claimed up to 1.2 million lives in sub-Saharan Africa and a further 22.9 million people, including 2.3 million children, were living with HIV/AIDS. The region is also now increasingly threatened by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive respiratory disease.



Current Project

Analysis of Non-communicable Disease Prevention Policies in Africa (ANPPA)

Program: Health Challenges and Systems

The Analysis of Non-communicable Diseases Prevention Policies in Africa (ANPPA) project is a multi-country study that aims at promoting Multi-Sectoral Approach (MSA) to policy-making for NCD (Non-communicable Diseases) prevention by providing evidence on the effectiveness of these approaches in the implementation of ‘Best Buys’ in sub-Saharan Africa. The short term goal is to generate evidence on the effectiveness of multi sectorial approaches in the implementation of Best Buys from at least five countries in Africa while building capacity for research in the area of MSA.

The study aims to conduct an in-depth assessment in each country about the state of implementation of the NCD Best Buys and of the barriers to their full implementation; generate robust evidence on the extent to which and how Multi-Sectoral Approach is (or was) used in the formulation of policies for the implementation of the NCD “Best Buys” in different contexts, with an emphasis on population-based interventions; provide robust evidence to policymakers in each country to inform the design and implementation of the NCD Best Buys and lastly, build research capacity on multi-sectorial action for health in the region and to set up a networked group of researchers in this area to monitor and assess the effectiveness and impact of multi-sectorial approaches in the long term.

The study will be implemented by fellows representing five countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The fellowship targets mid-level African scientists based at African institutions with a strong record of research productivity. The aim of the fellowship is to build a network of high-caliber scientists that will drive NCD-related research agenda in this poorly researched but critical aspect of NCD prevention. The fellows will each conduct a comprehensive country case study in their respective countries. In each country, a detailed analysis will be undertaken of any policy or policies developed, adopted and implemented; aimed at implementing the WHO-recommended Best-Buys for NCD prevention.

Project period

  • February 2013 –  January 2017

Project Funders

  • idrc

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