Monday, January 30, 2012

[EQ] Strengthening Health Systems: Perspectives for economic evaluation

Strengthening Health Systems: Perspectives for economic evaluation

Till Bärnighausen, David E. Bloom, Salal Humair

Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population

Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan


Harvard Initiative for Global Health - January 2012 - PGDA Working Paper No. 85

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"……..The recent shift towards funding HSS as opposed to funding only stand-alone HIV interventions has the potential to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of HIV programs. But several issues arise when considering when and how to combine HSS interventions with HIV-focused programs, and how to evaluate their costs and benefits.
First, the combination needs to be designed taking into account each country's circumstances.
Second, HSS interventions can differ substantially in scope or scale, raising different challenges in the evaluation of costs and benefits.


Finally, a full evaluation of an intervention needs to take into account issues such as feedback resulting from the intervention itself; and unintended consequences that can have major implications, particularly for the cost-benefit analyses of interventions such as those proposed by McGreevey et al. . Dynamic models that incorporate both feedback and unintended consequences are essential for a proper costbenefit accounting of HSS interventions…"


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