Odia Kaba

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Amanda C. Stype, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Mehmet E. Yaya, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D.


Artificial borders created during Africa's colonial era have had a lasting impact on the continent, specifically in relation to culture and ethnicity. This study investigates the relationship between ethnic diversity and health outcomes and health care infrastructure in West Africa. I explore the effects of ethnic fractionalization on various health outcomes such as life expectancy and mortality rates, health-related infrastructure and staffing, and disease and immunization levels. This paper will also discuss colonialism and its institutional legacy. The discussion of the findings will include the impact of ethnic fractionalization, GNI per capita, and foreign aid on these outcomes.

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