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Publications

  • Aquaculture value chain analysis in Zambia

    Although Zambia is endowed with natural water resources that offer significant opportunities, about 50% of the estimated fish demand is unmet. Zambian capture fisheries are operating at a fully exploited or over-exploited level. Aquaculture production is beginning to respond to the ever-increasing demand for fish, along with imports that have increased markedly

    Authors
    Kruijssen F , Avadí A, Cole S, Mungule CM, van Duijn A
    Year of Publication
    2018
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  • Undergraduate family medicine and primary care training in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest global burden of disease and the lowest number of health workers per population. In a resource-constrained environment like this, a focus on primary healthcare (PHC) is most likely to impact on the health of the population and to be cost-effective. Medical generalists have the competences needed in the multidisciplinary team to build a strong PHC system. However, in many African countries, PHC is the weakest part of the healthcare system, which often focuses on a limited number of priority conditions that are addressed through fragmented vertical programmes offered by health workers with limited training, skills and support.

    Authors
    M Flinkenflögel, et al.
    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • Guidelines to organise a farmers innovation fair

    In order to stimulate policymakers and practitioners to recognise farmer innovation in agricultural research and development (ARD), partners in the Prolinnova network have been developing and using various methods and tools for advocacy and lobbying. One of these is the Farmer Innovation Fair.

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenges of Adolescent Males and Females in some Communities of Plateau State Nigeria

    It has been projected that the population of young people in Nigeria will exceed 57 million by the year 2025, a large proportion of which are adolescents. Adolescents constitute an important proportion of the population of Nigeria, they have delicate stages that presents with challenges especially that of sexual and reproductive health due to the developmental changes. It is important that they experience safe and pleasurable sexual life, the absence of which may expose them to reproductive health challenges. Presently, about one quarter of Nigerian adolescents are sexually active with age of sexual debut ranging from 10 to 15 years.

  • Aid & Trade in Dutch Development Cooperation

    This report aims to take stock of the Dutch Aid and Trade agenda, with a particular focus on the time period of 2013-2017,to bring together existing insights on what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and what needs more focus and attention.Based on a meta-analysis of policy documents and 16 recent external evaluations of Dutch Aid and Trade programmes,the report addresses the following questions:

    Authors
    V. Bitzer
    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • Strengthening the health workforce to implement public health interventions in the South-Eastern European Health Network: lessons learned from a technical meeting

    Through the WHO European Region’s Health 2020 policy framework, countries agreed to work together on policy priorities for public health such as strengthening people-centred public health systems and public health capacity. Alongside the Health 2020 strategy, the seventh of the 10 essential public health operations devised by the WHO Regional Office for Europe focuses on assuring a sufficient and competent public health workforce.

    Authors
    Ingrid Zuleta, M. Dieleman, P. Zwanikken
    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • What is health systems responsiveness? Review of existing knowledge and proposed conceptual framework.

    Responsiveness is a key objective of national health systems. Responsive health systems anticipate and adapt to existing and future health needs, thus contributing to better health outcomes. Of all the health systems objectives, responsiveness is the least studied, which perhaps reflects lack of comprehensive frameworks that go beyond the normative characteristics of responsive services. This paper contributes to a growing, yet limited, knowledge on this topic. Herewith, we review the current frameworks for understanding health systems responsiveness and drawing on these, as well as key frameworks from the wider public services literature, propose a comprehensive conceptual framework for health systems responsiveness. This paper should be of interest to different stakeholders who are engaged in analysing and improving health systems responsiveness. Our review shows that existing knowledge on health systems responsiveness can be extended along the three areas. First, responsiveness entails an actual experience of people’s interaction with their health system, which
    confirms or disconfirms their initial expectations of the system. Second, the experience of interaction is shaped by both the people and the health systems sides of this interaction. Third, different influences shape people’s
    interaction with their health system, ultimately affecting their resultant experiences. Therefore, recognition of both people and health systems sides of interaction and their key determinants would enhance the conceptualisations of responsiveness. Our proposed framework builds on,
    and advances, the core frameworks in the health systems literature. It positions the experience of interaction between people and health system as the centrepiece and recognises the determinants of responsiveness experience both from the health systems (eg, actors, processes) and
    the people (eg, initial expectations) sides. While we hope to trigger further thinking on the conceptualisation of health system responsiveness, the proposed framework can guide assessments of, and interventions to strengthen, health systems responsiveness.

    Authors
    Tolib Mirzoev, S. Kane
    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • The SWPER index for women’s empowerment in Africa

    Authors
    Anouka van Eerdewijk, M. Tyzsler
    Year of Publication
    2017
  • Health extension workers improve tuberculosis case finding and treatment outcome in Ethiopia: a large-scale implementation study

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading cause of death among infectious diseases and is responsible for 1.8million deaths each year. Over 4 million incident cases of TB worldwide fail to be diagnosed or linked into TB services every year and people with undetected TB have a high mortality and perpetuate disease transmission. Identifying and treating these individuals is crucial.

    Authors
    Daniel G Datiko, Mohammed A Yassin, Sally J Theobald, L. Blok, Sahu Suvanand, Jacob Creswell, Luis E Cueva
    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • Do theories of change enable innovation platforms and partnerships to navigate towards impact?

    Working Paper Series 2017 – 13

    Theories of change (ToCs) are increasingly used to articulate pathways for interventions and to support learning. This responds to the recognition of the complexity of agricultural development. Through two examples, this paper examines how ToCs have enabled practitioners to navigate towards impact in settings characterized by a multiplicity of views from different actors on issues of joint concern.

    Authors
    Sietze Vellema, Yiheyis Taddele Maru, Julia Ekong, Paul McNamara, Ann Waters-Bayer, David Watson
    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • Performance of community health workers

    Situating their intermediary position within complex adaptive health systems

    Health systems are social institutions, in which health worker performance is shaped by transactional processes between different actors. This analytical assessment unravels the complex web of factors that influence the performance of community health workers (CHWs) in low- and middle-income countries. It examines their unique intermediary position between the communities they serve and actors in the health sector, and the complexity of the health systems in which they operate. The assessment combines evidence from the international literature on CHW programmes with research outcomes from the 5-year REACHOUT consortium, undertaking implementation research to improve CHW performance in six contexts (two in Asia and four in Africa)

    Authors
    M. Kok, S. Theobald, H. Ormel, M. Dieleman, M. Taegtmeyer
    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • Community health workers – optimizing the benefits of their unique position between communities and the health sector.

    This is a Keynote speech transcript given by our expert Maryse Kok at the Community Health Workers Symposium in Kampala.

    Authors
    M. Kok
    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • MATCH: Mapping and Analysis for Tailored Disease Control and Health System Strengthening

    This manual is an initiative of the Stop TB partnership, funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and written by the Centre for Applied Spatial Epidemiology (CASE) of KIT Royal Tropical Institute.

    Authors
    Mirjam Bakker, Ente Rood, Christina Mergenthaler, Lucie Blok, Margo van Gurp, Masja Straetemans, Sandra Alba
    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • Sharp Final Evaluation report

    SHARP formally ended by 31 December 2016. This final evaluation has the double purpose of looking back and assess achievements as well as learning lessons that might be useful for future undertakings in promoting SRHR in fragile settings.

    Authors
    Geertruid Kortmann
    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • SHARP Community Participation Programme

    The South Sudan Health Action and Research Project (SHARP), implemented by the Ministry of Health (MoH) of South Sudan, the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), HealthNet TPO, the International Medical Corps (IMC) and Cordaid, aims to improve maternal health in South Sudan

  • Post-Ebola Resilience project

    The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa gave a global alarm: viruses are oblivious to national borders; victims can be infected worldwide. The world population was alarmed, “emerging infectious diseases” should be controlled.

    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • Feria de Agricultores Innovadores

    Para fomentar el reconocimiento y la valoración de la innovación de los agricultores en los procesos de investigación y desarrollo agrícola (IDA) por parte de profesionales y responsables de políticas, socios de la red de Prolinnova han estado desarrollando y utilizando varios métodos y herramientas para reivindicación y cabildeo. Uno de ellos es la organización de Ferias de Agricultores Innovadores. Los presentes lineamientos reflejan la experiencia de la red en la organización y patrocinio de dichas ferias, concentrándose en las experiencias adquiridas en la Feria de Agricultores Innovadores de África Occidental celebrada en Ouagadougou en mayo de 2015, patrocinada por Inades Formation Burkina y la plataforma de múltiples actores PROFEIS (Promoviendo la Experimentación y la Innovación Agrícola en el Sahel) en Burkina Faso.

    Authors
    Gabriela Quiroga, Ingrid Flink
    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • Child Protection Fund for National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Zimbabwe (CPF for NAP III) Annual Review 2017

    The purpose of this project was to participate in the 2017 annual review (workshop, field visits, and reporting) of the Child Protection Fund for the National Action Plan for Vulnerable Children. The KIT staff was specifically tasked with – as not having been involved in the process so far – reviewing data and engaging in interviews and meetings with fresh eyes and an open and critical constructive mind and with a strong focus on child protection issues.

    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • Mapping of SRHR and migration actors in Eastern and Southern Africa

    The purpose of this project was to conduct a mapping of regional actors in the SADC and EAC who work on SRHR and migrant populations, provide information about these actors (name, size, budget, partners etc) and an assessment of their relevant work and potential to work as a future partner for Sida.

    Year of Publication
    2017
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  • Review annual narrative report 2016 WABA/IBFAN-consortium on breastfeeding

    Review of a narrative report from the breastfeeding consortium on content & structure. Sida is funding this consortium and the narrative report was to inform Sida about the work that had been conducted.

    Year of Publication
    2017
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