Institute for Global Health and Development

Past Projects


Access to Eye Care in Gambia

Diana Bowser
Funder: OneSight Corporation

This project will analyze facility data from eye care clinics in Gambia to understand the drivers to improved access to eye care.

Establishing an Analytical Hub

Gary Gaumer
Funder: U.S. Department of State; subcontract to Brandeis from BAO Systems, LLC

Economic and Disease Burden of Dengue in Thailand: A Pilot Cohort Study in Tak Province

Donald Shepard (PI), Wu Zeng
Funder: Takeda Pharmaceutical

This study aims to determine the quality of life and economic burden during acute and persistent phases of dengue illness in Tak Province, Thailand.

Cost-Effectiveness Study of Durable Lining Compared to Indoor Spraying in Kenya and Tanzania

Donald S. Shepard, Yara Halasa, Wu Zeng, Aggrey Kihomo, PhD ’04 (consultant)
Funder: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Brandeis is conducting cost-effectiveness analysis in Kenya and Tanzania as part of cluster randomized trials of a new technology to help prevent malaria--insecticide treated wall liners. The study is also assessing the costs to government and families of symptomatic malaria cases and developing methods for costing and cost-effectiveness analyses vector control technologies more generally.  Brandeis is working with research institutes in Kenya and Tanzania which received independent funding from UNAID and CDC for the effectiveness studies.

Economic Evaluation of Dengue Control Program in Nicaragua and Mexico

Donald S. Shepard, Cynthia Tschampl, Eduardo Undurraga, PhD ’14
Funder: UBS Foundation; subcontract to Brandeis from University of California, Berkeley

Brandeis is conducting the economic evaluation of traditional, government run dengue control programs (based primarily on fumigation), and an innovative, environmentally-friendly community program to reduce breeding sites to control the mosquitos that transmit dengue and chikungunya.


OneSight Global Analysis

Diana Bowser
Funder: Vision Impact Institute

This project is a collaboration with the OneSight Foundation, whose mission is to bring eye exams, glasses and permanent vision centers to individuals in need globally. OneSight has worked in 46 countries, and created 56 sustainable centers and 1,236 charitable clinics. An analysis will determine the impact of providing vision care in Rwanda and the Gambia, as well as broader system-strengthening improvements from these vision centers.

Health Efficiency Study in Haiti

Diana Bowser, Leulsegged Kasa Mekonen
Funder: The World Bank

There is limited funding available in the system, so the objective of this study is to assess the correlates of high performance and efficiency in PHC health facilities in Haiti. At a policy level, these correlates or specific health interventions may be replicated and scaled up on lower-performing facilities to improve health service coverage and ultimately yield improved health outcomes. The study incorporates both a quantitative and qualitative methodology.

Human Resources for Health (HRH) Economic Impact Programming Methodology for the USAID HRH 2030

Diana Bowser, Leulsegged Kasa Mekonen
Funder: USAID; subcontract to Brandeis from University Research Co., LLC

To estimate the return on investment in Health Extension Workers in Ethiopia and community health workers in Malawi, the study will examine the costs of training and employing HEWs and CHWs and quantify and value the health, equity and empowerment benefit of their work.

Cost-Benefit Analysis and Health Impact of Investing in Tuberculosis (TB) Control Programs in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia: The CABHIT Study

Donald S. Shepard, Cynthia Tschampl, Wu Zeng
Funder: East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC), with funds from The World Bank

This study aims to conduct cost-benefit and health impact analyses regarding TB interventions in these four African countries, with a particular focus on the impact on their mining sectors.

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Results-Based Financing in Nigeria

Wu Zeng
Funder: The World Bank

Efficiency of County Health Systems in Kenya

Wu Zeng
Funder: The World Bank


Health System Strengthening

Diana Bowser
Funder: Management Sciences for Health 

The project will provide expertise around systems thinking and use of adaptive management; financial protection and risk-pooling; domestic resource mobilization and private sector financing; resourcing health services; total market approach to health service delivery; and improving public sector fiscal management and transparency. The project will also summarize the literature in some key areas and provide technical guidance

2020 MicroClinic Evaluation

Diana Bowser
Funder: 2020 MicroClinic 

The project will evaluate the impact of 2020 MicroClinic’s program, Operation Karibu (OpK), in six sites in Kenya using facility and program data.

Develop a Business Plan for a Cardiac Care Center in Rwanda

Diana Bowser
Funder: Team Heart

This project will use the results of Brandeis’ Health Systems Feasibility Study, and collect additional data and information for the business plan for a cardiac care center in Rwanda. 

Health System Strengthening and Oncology Care in Egypt, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Oman

Diana Bowser
Funder: Roche Pharmaceuticals; subcontract to Brandeis from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

The specific work plan focuses on a health system assessment of oncology care in six East Mediterranean countries: Egypt, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Oman. The aim of the research study is to establish how breast cancer is managed within each of these six health systems.

Achieving Excellence in Primary Health Care in Ethiopia

Diana Bowser
Funder: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; subcontract to Brandeis from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The project will assist the Ethiopian team with three main research activities: (1) An analysis of effective coverage of primary health care in Ethiopia, (2) An analysis of the equality of quality of care in Ethiopia and (3) understanding respectful care in Ethiopia.

Health Care Financing in India

Diana Bowser
Funder: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; subcontract to Brandeis from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

This project will develop the methodology for and conduct the analysis for two main research activities: (1) a Benefits Incidence Analysis of Public Sector health care in India, and (2) a substitution analysis of central and local health care financing in India.

Quality of Life of Dengue Patients

Donald S. Shepard, Yara Halasa, Wu Zeng
Funder: Sanofi Pasteur

This study aims to increase knowledge on the adverse impact of dengue illness on quality of life based on a systematic literature review and analysis of an original data set. This information will allow for more accurate estimates of burden of disease and cost-effectiveness analyses of preventive interventions.

Aedes Transmitted Disease Modeling

Donald Shepard
Funder: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 

This project is leading the economic evaluation of an innovative control approach based on the Wolbachia bacteria, examining programs in Indonesia, Brazil and Colombia.

Comprehensive Pricing Survey of the Pharmaceutical Sector in Bangladesh

Wu Zeng
Funder: World Bank

The study will provide technical support on examining the prices, availability and affordability of medicines in Bangladesh.

Review of Value for Money in Results-based Financing Programs

Wu Zeng (PI)
Funder: World Bank

This study will conduct a literature review of cost-effectiveness of health system interventions on maternal and child health in low- and middle-income countries.