Evaluating health financing and its effects on health system strengthening
Health and financing systems in southern Africa are increasingly based on performance-based models, in which bonuses are paid for meeting predefined targets. Yet, despite its popularity with development agencies, there is currently no robust analytical data to demonstrate how successful results-based models are in the long term and how they can be used to strengthen overall health systems and service delivery.
In collaboration with UK partners, the Ministry of Health Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Health Mozambique, our research is currently mapping and evaluating the long-term effects of performance-based financing on health systems and identifying the contextual moderators that enhance or prohibit expected outcomes. The preliminary findings of this research have been shared with policy-makers with additional research being co-produced to provide an additional evaluative evidence-base.
Improving social welfare and gender equality in Malawi’s HIV policy
Our research on gender and structural inequalities in Malawian HIV health has directly influenced the Malawi Government’s National Gender and HIV Implementation Plan 2015-2020.
The plan altered understandings about HIV risk and gender, and has been widely shared amongst government officials and NGOs working on gender and HIV in Malawi.