Partners: COMAHS, Sierra Leone, Queen Margaret University, UK and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Sierra Leone, like other low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), has instituted several health reforms to ensure that the national health system is robust enough to provide quality health care that is accessible and affordable to the Sierra Leonean population. Reproductive, maternal, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) is a national priority, however, progress is slow.
This research aims to employ an ethnographic methodology to generate data from multiple perspectives and contexts to understand the power dynamics and contestations in the implementation of the RMNCAH policy in Sierra Leone and contribute to the use of ethnographic methodology in policy implementation research in LMICs. Active stakeholder engagement is crucial to this research and will form the basis for the research findings to generate effective policy recommendations to improve the implementation of future polices in Sierra Leone and other fragile states.
Image: Mother and baby at Makeni Regional Hospital, Sierra Leone. H6 Partners & Abbie Trayler-Smith via Flickr [opens new tab]