Regional Hubs - South Africa

The Wits School of Public Health is at the forefront of teaching and research in public health in South Africa, boasting a conducive environment and modern infrastructure that facilitates teaching and learning. Our research entity, PRICELESS SA (Priority Cost Effective Lessons for System Strengthening South Africa) is made up of a multidisciplinary team of experts including five health economists with a research portfolio that focuses on the application of methods to enable smart decisions on health investments and improve the allocation of scarce resources within the health sector, in South Africa  and other sub-Saharan African countries.

By adopting a three-pronged approach – capacity building, policymaker engagement and research – PRICELESS SA has over the past decade, being successful in translating much of its research to policy. In capacity building, PRICELESS SA has consistently demonstrated commitment to building both technical and absorptive capacity in the field of health economics in South Africa and in the region

Over a period of two years, PRICLESS SA contributed to TVEE by developing a range of modules in Vaccine Economics and led the successful delivery of six training workshops in Vaccine Economics at the Wits School of Public Health. The training workshop, primarily targeted Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) programme managers and members of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) and successfully trained approximately 90 participants from sixteen countries.

 

Impact

  • A successful launch of Masters of Public Health (MPH) programme in the field of Health Economics at the Wits School of Public Health. The aim of the curriculum to build health economic evaluation skills to support health policy decision-making in South Africa and region

  • A TVEE alumni from Zambia will conduct and economic analysis of the HPV vaccine in Zambia to provide evidence to support the government of Zambia on the most cost-effective delivery platform for the HPV vaccine in Zambia

  • Members of the South Africa NITAG following attendance of the TVEE workshops successfully motivated for the appointment of a health economist on to South Africa’s NITAG, the first since its inception in 1994.  

Contact:winfrida.mdewa@wits.ac.za