John Libbey Eurotext

Médecine et Santé Tropicales


The implementation of public health interventions in Africa: a neglected strategic theme Volume 27, issue 1, Janvier-Février-Mars 2017

1 École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal, IRSPUM, H3C 3J7 Montréal, Canada
2 Lasdel, Niamey, Niger
* Correspondance
  • Key words: interventions, implementation, social sciences, training, public health, Africa
  • DOI : 10.1684/mst.2016.0605
  • Page(s) : 6-9
  • Published in: 2017

Organizing effective public health interventions is required to improve population health and reduce social inequalities in health. However, measuring their effectiveness is not enough; we must also understand how these interventions are implemented and what role is played by the context and the social actors. Today, it seems that the importance of studying intervention implementation by public health actors (stakeholders, policy makers, donors, and researchers) has not yet been sufficiently considered. In this Tribune, we wish to draw the attention of the public health community, including that interested in interventions in Africa, to the need to analyze their implementation in depth. We must produce empirical and theoretical knowledge about implementation but also train students and young researchers more effectively in this scientific approach, which, although indispensable, has been ignored too long.