Past Research

1. Supporting Decentralised Management to Improve Health Workforce Performance in Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania (PERFORM).

PERFORM was a €3 million research project under the EC-funded FP7 programme, led by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and working in partnership with the University of Ghana, Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Dar-es-Salaam (Institute of Development Studies) in Tanzania, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and the University of Leeds.  The research was a collaboration with district level management teams in decentralised contexts in sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda) to strengthen management through an action research process to improve health workforce performance. The project was completed in August 2015.

2. Universal Coverage in Tanzania and South Africa (UNITAS) was a 5-year research partnership funded by the European Union. Launched in 2011, UNITAS consisted of partners from Tanzania, South Africa, UK and Belgium. Institutions involved were: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Coordinator), University of Cape Town, Ifakara Health Institute, University of Witwatersrand, University of Kwazulu-Natal and Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam. This research aimed to: track policy formulation and planning for implementation; monitor the progress of policy implementation at both the national and district levels, with an emphasis on identifying implementation problems and serving as an ‘early warning system’ for policy makers and implementers; evaluate the impact of interventions aimed at progressing towards the goal of universal coverage; and engage with policy makers and implementers at all levels about the research findings throughout the study period. The project was completed in March 2016.

3. Engaging Non-state providers (AFYA PAMOJA) - The aim of the study was to investigate the process, rationale, and implementation of contracting-out intervention in Tanzania. The specific research questions which gilded the study were: Why and how was the Service Agreement reform initiated and who were the key actors supporting the reform?; and What explains the difference in performance of different districts council in the implementation of the Service Agreement?  The project was funded by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and the Rockefeller Foundation. The project was implanted from 2015 to 2018. The total budget for the project was $ 120,000.