Exploring and learning from evidence, policy, and systems responses to COVID-19 in West and Central Africa

  • Funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Total publications:2 publications

Grant number: 109479

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Known Financial Commitments (USD)

  • Funder

    International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    Ghana, Africa
  • Lead Research Institution

    Ghana Health Service, Prins Leopold Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde, Organisation Ouest Africaine de la Santé
  • Research Category

    Health Systems Research

  • Research Subcategory

    Health leadership and governance

  • Special Interest Tags


  • Study Subject


  • Clinical Trial Details


  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group


  • Vulnerable Population

    Internally Displaced and MigrantsVulnerable populations unspecified

  • Occupations of Interest



An effective response to COVID-19 requires a complex array of relevant evidence packaged in user-friendly forms to support decision-making about current and future responses. This project will map out existing evidence and its use in informing responses to COVID-19. It will identify sectoral evidence gaps (epidemiological, public health, health system, and health technology capacities, etc.), as well as intervention responses to emerging epidemics and pandemics. It will document, compare, and contrast experiences at national and subnational levels, with a focus on displaced and vulnerable populations across countries and sub-regional contexts. The project will be implemented in six countries in West and Central Africa: Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, and Senegal. To cope with the fast-moving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team is adopting a flexible study approach with iterative analysis over time. The deeper understanding generated by the project will support more detailed work and interventions that benefit displaced and other vulnerable populations. It will have an emphasis on integrating equity and gender considerations, with attention to information and experiences affecting vulnerable populations. The research team will engage with decision-makers to inform evolving decision-making and serve as a strong basis for building resilient health systems. The work will contribute to identifying areas for inclusion in sub-regional observatories and follow-up work in the West and Central Africa region for improved evidence-informed decision-making. The project will build collaborative learning within and across countries through discussions and policy dialogues with key stakeholders to inform appropriate multisectoral responses to COVID-19 and similar health emergencies.

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Analysis of the availability, effectiveness and equity of deployment of resources in the health system response to COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Nonviolent Discipline Options for Caregivers and Teachers: A Systematic Overview of the Evidence.