Health policy and reform in sub-Saharan Africa

This research explores the co-existence of indigenous and biomedical health systems in two Sub-Saharan African countries, Burundi and Ghana.

The first research project on Ghana seeks to advance the debate on the inclusion of health-care users’ perspectives in the policy planning of health integration reform. Another strand of the project investigates the contribution of the Ghanaian Herbal Pharmacopoeia to health-care delivery and practice in the country.

The second project contextualises the debate on indigenous and biomedical health systems integration in the post-conflict context of Burundi. The research shows that protracted violence and population displacement have shaped the conceptualisations of illness and health in the country. We suggest this is something public and international health policy interventions in Burundi need to take into account.

George Essegbey and Stephen Awuni collaborate on the project in Ghana, while Jean-Benoit Falisse and Raymond Ngenzebuhoro collaborate on the project in Burundi.

The research on Burundi was carried out thanks to grants from the projects Inama N’amagara and Ivuriro Ryacu, funded by Cordaid.