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About the author
Janet Fleischman, an independent consultant on women’s global health, was commissioned in 2019 by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to write this report documenting the history of the Ouagadougou Partnership. She completed her research in January 2020, before the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Francophone West Africa (in Senegal and Burkina Faso) in March 2020. Accordingly, this report does not address the impact of COVID-19 in Francophone West Africa or the challenges it presents to the Ouagadougou Partnership’s activities. An abridged version of this report was authored by Janet Fleischman and Marie Ba, the director of the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordinating Unit (OPCU), and published in Think Global Health on March 18, 2020, www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/improbable-success-troubled-region.