The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH commissioned Swiss TPH with the development of a cost-benefit model for use by employers which integrates epidemiological information for prioritizing employee health problems and analysing existing and potential interventions of employee health programs. The model has been introduced and implemented for use in Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia and South Africa in the framework of GIZ workplace programs based on public-private partnerships.
The model is a powerful tool putting the power of the epidemiologist at the finger tips of employers for making evidence-informed investment decisions in employee health programmes. The very basic data needs make this model accessible and usable in a wide range of organizational settings to help evidence-based prioritization of the health problems of the human resources and enables cost-benefit analysis of interventions considered to alleviate these problems in a systematic way.
The model was first prepared for use in these countries by establishing the appropriate epidemiological profile of the top causes of mortality and morbidity, as well as prevalence of health risk factors for working age populations. The routine use of Global Burden of Disease data for countries, particularly Years Lived with Disability (YLDs) and mortality data has been established.
The model has been converted into a web-based application for Namibia and allows profiles for any country based on GBD data. The model was then introduced to key stakeholders in-country with in-depth training for GIZ officers and selected partners.