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Measuring Equity and Financial Protection in Health - Stellenbosch, South Africa

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 Stellenbosch, South Africa
30 June 2011

Aims & Content: 

This one-day course provided an introduction to the quantitative methods used in health economics to measure equity and financial protection in the health sector. The morning session provided an overview of the ADePT Health software and featured presentations on the measurement of health inequalities (using the concentration curve and concentration index) and benefit-incidence analysis. The afternoon sessions dealt with financial protection (catastrophic and/or impoverishing health payments), equity in health financing, and techniques used to explain inequalities in the health sector. Participants spent most of the course actively engaged in carrying out equity analysis themselves, using ADePT Health on their own laptops.

The event attracted more than 50 participants from across South Africa, included staff of government health departments (both national and provincial), parliament, private sector health insurance firms, universities, statistics institutes, research institutes, consulting firms and other health sector NGOs. More than 90% of participants rated the course “high” or “very high” on overall quality and on the quality of instruction

The course was presented by Adam Wagstaff (Research Manager, World Bank) and Caryn Bredenkamp (Health Economist, World Bank), with contributions from facilitators from the University of Stellenbosch. It was co-funded and co-organized by the University of Stellenbosch and Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA).



Feedback from participants:

“I really found the training interesting and enjoyed the day.”

“Impressed by ease of software. “

“Good course.”

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