Sida Support to Health Economics Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa through the Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town
Bo Erlandsson , Veronica Gunnarsson
In 1999 Sida decided to support the development of Health Economics & Policy in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region by offering assistance through the Health Economics Unit (HEU) at the University of Cape Town. The main objective of the support was to develop this capacity and to assist governments and Ministries of Health to use research in Health Economics as a basis for Health Policy decisions. The objective was also to retain and develop competence within the African context, and to develop and sustain capacity at national level. The assistance initially took the form of funded bursaries for the Master's programme, and was later extended to provide financial support for the activities of the Health Economics & Policy Network in Africa (HEPNet). It also includes Institutional Collaboration between Karolinska Institute (KI) in Stockholm and HEU. This is an evaluation of HEPNet.