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Understanding the burden of illness-related impoverishment to cost-effectively achieve the SDG

When: Friday, 10 November 2017 - Friday, 10 November 2017
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Lecture room 1 & 2, Ground Floor, School of Public Health
Start time:8:15

The Wits School of Public Health, PRICELESS SA & CARTA will host this lecture by Stéphane Verguet.

Vergeuet is Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr Verguet’s multidisciplinary research focuses on health decision science and priority setting, particularly the development of mathematical and computational decision-making models to better design health policies. His research interests include health economics, cost-effectiveness analysis, equity, and health systems performance. Most recently, he has been working on the estimation of non-health benefits, particularly the poverty alleviation benefits, of health policies and interventions. Out-of-pocket medical payments can lead to catastrophic expenses and impoverishment in low-and middle-income countries. However, there has been no systematic examination of which specific diseases and conditions drive illness-related impoverishment. We present preliminary approaches for estimating illness-related impoverishment by cause. Such a breakdown can provide important elements for the promotion of equity and financial protection, and subsequent design of policy toward poverty reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).


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