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Institute on Health, Politics and Society in Africa

The Institute on Health, Politics and Society aims to promote the interest of African researchers for interdisciplinary research on Health issues.

As part of on-going programme innovation and expansion, the Council has decided to launch an experimental institute on Health, Politics and Society in Africa in a bid to promote an enhanced interest in multidisciplinary health research among African scholars. CODESRIA’s strategy places a considerable amount of emphasis on the promotion of a social science approach to health studies in Africa and a structured dialogue between the Social Sciences and the Health/Biomedical Sciences. The initiative has also become imperative at a time when the African continent is faced with one of the most severe health crises in its history. Most symbolic of these crises is the HIV/AIDS pandemic which has been ravaging the continent for sometime now, even as such diseases like malaria continue to take a heavy toll while tuberculosis and polio, once under control, are enjoying a resurgence. At the root of the decline in the health status of Africans are such factors as the prolonged economic crises which African countries have faced in the period since the early 1980s.

The main objectives of the Institute on Health, Politics and Society are to:

- Encourage the emergence and sustenance of a networked community of younger African scholars in the field of health research;

- Promote methodological and conceptual innovations in research on African health questions through the application of an enhanced social science approach;

- Encourage a structured dialogue between the Social Sciences and the Health/Biomedical Sciences as part of the quest for a holistic approach to understanding health, politics and society in Africa; and

- Promote the sharing of experiences among researchers, activists and policy makers drawn from different disciplines, methodological/conceptual orientations, and geographical experiences on a common theme over an extended period of time.

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