Group | Health Systems and Policies

The Health Systems and Policies research group develops and applies methods to evaluate and validate health system interventions in real-world health systems. We place special attention on measuring systems effectiveness of essential health interventions and assessing policies, recognising the interrelatedness of all health system building blocks – governance, financing, human resources, informatics, technologies and infrastructure, and service delivery. We also focus on strengthening good governance of health systems and translating evidence to policy. The research group combines expertise in health system analysis, policy analysis and evaluation, and health economics.

We participate in the Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis for Africa. This is an EU FP7 project which is dedicated to support teaching at Schools of Public Health in Africa and beyond.


Agorinya I.A et al. Challenges and experiences in linking community level reported out-of-pocket health expenditures to health provider recorded health expenditures: experience from the iHOPE project in Northern Ghana. PLoS One. 2021;16(9):e0256910. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0256910

Agorinya I.A et al. Effect of specificity of health expenditure questions in the measurement of out-of-pocket health expenditure: evidence from field experimental study in Ghana. BMJ Open. 2021;11:e042562. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042562

Aikins M, Tabong P.T, Salari P, Tediosi F, Asenso-Boadi F.M, Akweongo P. Positioning the national health insurance for financial sustainability and universal health coverage in Ghana: a qualitative study among key stakeholders. PLoS One. 2021;16(6):e0253109. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253109

Akweongo P, Aikins M, Wyss K, Salari P, Tediosi F. Insured clients out-of-pocket payments for health care under the national health insurance scheme in Ghana. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021;21:440. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-021-06401-8

Akweongo P, Chatio S.T, Owusu R, Salari P, Tediosi F, Aikins M. How does it affect service delivery under the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana? Health providers and insurance managers perspective on submission and reimbursement of claims. PLoS One. 2021;16(3):e0247397. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247397