Aims & Objectives
Our fundamental aim is to develop the use of epidemiological and economic science to effect a step-change in the way that health priorities are addressed through policy interventions in low-income countries.
We are doing this by developing a model that represents explicitly the generation of health gains in a population, which can be used to examine the effect of resource allocation, management and clinical practice, in order to contribute to informing decision-making.
To create a data-grounded internally-consistent model representation of each step in the generation of health gains:
The means by which resources for health generate capabilities to deliver services;
The need for healthcare, as it arises from the multiple causes of ill-health that affect each person individually over their life;
Decisions that are taken to manage mismatches between demand and supply for healthcare services;
The effectiveness of the care as delivered, accounting for gaps in quality in the healthcare system.
The effect of healthcare, and other forms of programme, on disease burdens in the future.
These distinct processes must be represented within a framework that mediates dynamic feedback between them.