Our vision is to ensure all people have access to good-quality healthcare and nutrition. We work multi-sectoraly with governments, donors, and civil society to provide context-specific, evidence-based support in health economics and public health services.
We work across the entire policy cycle, from diagnostic to reform implementation through to evaluation and monitoring.
Our experts have a wealth of academic depth and practical country expertise. The team is made up of in-house experts but also supported by internationally renowned associates, working across four broad themes of the health system:
- Health financing: We support the global ambition for achieving universal health coverage (UHC) in low- and middle- income countries through problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA) led analysis and specific technical support on definition of benefit packages for UHC, identification of domestic resource mobilisation strategies, support in introduction of social health insurance, technical efficiency analysis, strategic purchasing reforms, and results-based financing (RBF) implementation.
- Health governance and service delivery: We support governments in transforming health systems and implementing reforms that translate into more equitable and high-quality health service delivery as well as more effective governance arrangements. We provide technical assistance to government on issues such as hospital reforms, assessment of public/private partnerships (PPPs), hospital masterplanning, and more.
- Human resources for health: To ensure governments have the right person for the right job, we provide diagnostic analysis (such as discrete choice experiments), reform implementation, and evaluation of reform packages.
- Health information, monitoring and evaluations, and research: We use a variety of tools to support the diagnosis and evaluation stages: from quantitative surveys to qualitative research, impact evaluations, value for money analysis, data envelopment analysis, stochastic frontier analysis, public expenditure reviews, and public expenditure tracking surveys, amongst others.
We combine strong emphasis on evidence with a multi-sectoral approach to implement and scale up nutrition and food programmes both sustainably and cost-effectively.
And for good reason - improving nutrition has a significant ‘multiplier effect’ in improving outcomes across the sustainable development goals (SDGs) from improve school completion rates to higher incomes and economic prosperity. Capitalising on this momentum will require productive coordination with ‘nutrition-sensitive’ sectors and the development and careful implementation of appropriate and evidence-based policies and programmes.
We are committed to working with government partners to move forward with their nutrition strategies by offering specialist expertise in:
- experimental and theory-based impact evaluation;
- monitoring and evaluation;
- operations research;
- costing and cost-effectiveness analysis;
- nutrition-sensitive public expenditure reviews; and
- political economy analysis of nutrition.
In addition to these core areas of expertise, our nutrition team actively collaborates with other nutrition-sensitive teams in social protection, health, education, WASH, and private sector development.
Members of the Health and Nutrition team have been published in:
- Maternal and Child Nutrition - Incidence of severe acute malnutrition after treatment: A prospective matched cohort study in Sokoto, Nigeria
- Journal of Nutrition - Fortified Foods Are Major Contributors to Apparent Intakes of Vitamin A and Iodine, but Not Iron, in Diets of Women of Reproductive Age in 4 African Countries