Health and development

In partnership with CERDI, FERDI has focused its work on the analysis of health systems in developing and emerging countries. FERDI gives priority to two areas of applied research because of their very high importance for health policies: The efficiency of health care structures, and health financing.

FERDI advocates that improving efficiency should be a top priority in health policy.

The objective of this program is to provide states and their partners with information likely to contribute to better decision-making - economically feasible, socially acceptable, and politically acceptable. 

The studies assess the capacity to improve efficiency of health care structures, by considering the opportunities presented by "new" financing instruments such as results-based payment, and by analyzing the strategies deployed by new donors in the field of health in Africa – for instance, China.

But facing the scope of the challenges of the health SDGs and the Addis Ababa Agenda for Action also means strengthening human capital in health. 

FERDI’s training programs in health economics complement the applied research program. High-level seminars have been specially developed for public and private actors with responsibility in health systems or related areas (finance, social affairs, etc). The seminars draw on the expertise of the project team members in policy-oriented research and their extensive consultations in Africa and Asia.

These training programs in health economics complement the applied research program. The training courses are specially designed for public and private actors in positions of responsibility in health systems or related fields (finance, social affairs, etc). They use the team members' expertise in health policy research in Africa and Asia.

Results and Impact

Ministries of health and their external partners recognize FERDI's ability to contribute usefully to project development and informed decision-making on issues of importance to health policy. This is shown by studies conducted at the request of, and/or in collaboration with, Health ministries. Some of these collaborations are long-term (China, Mongolia, Botswana, WHO, AFD). 

The visibility, and the welcome given to the contributions of FERDI, are principally due to the quality of the team: Academics with field experience in the environmental challenges and constraints which hinder the reform of health systems and contribute to shaping the definition, implementation, and evaluation, of health policies in developing countries.


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