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Building blocks of progress: Case studies in pharmaceutical systems strengthening

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) just published a case study related to the Jazia Prime Vendor System for pharmaceuticals in the Dodoma region in Tanzania. The Jazia system is promoted by our partners from the HPSS project.


Read the case study:

More information about the Jazia PVS:

More information about the HPSS project:

r4d HSG working paper nr. 1 is out

Our first working paper on Social Protection Schemes in Ghana is out. Check it out in our Publications section:

Akweongo, Patricia; Aikins, Moses; Dako-Gyeke, Mavis (2017). Review of Social Protection Schemes in Ghana. R4D HSG Working Paper nr. 1.


r4d CAG meeting in Tanzania

The second  meeting with the Country Advisory Grouop (CAG) of Tanzania will take place in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) on November 7th, 2017. In this meeting CAG members will discuss the progress of the project and the future project activities. 

CAG members include representatives from: Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC); Non-governmental Organizations (SIKIKA); Policy Research Institutions (ESRF); Health Research Institute (IHI); Social security regulatory authority (SSRA); National health insurance fund (NHIF); International organizations (UNICEF); President Office Regional Administration and Local Government (Po-RALG); and donor funded projects (HPSS).

The CAG is meant to advise the project, ensure relevance of the research activities and connect the project with the policy making processes. 


r4d site visit and CAG meeting in Ghana

The first official r4d site visit will take place in Accra (Ghana) in October 2017. The Principal Investigators of the project and some other team representatives will meet the two assigned Review Panel members for an intense 2-days session focused on the current status of the project and the expected progress.


The visit is organized in cooperation with the local partners and it is an excellent opportunity to share project updates, discuss ongoing research activities and plan future research. 

The team will also meet the Country Advisory Group (CAG) in Ghana, sharing and discussing project updates. The CAG involves stakeholders at national level and is meant to ensure that the project's activities are relevant and aligned with local needs.


Updates and comments will follow. 


Session at ICRD 2017

Our project team will co-chair a session at the 2017 International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) in Bern.


The session will take place on Friday September 8th 2017, with the title "Extending social health protection systems in low and middle income countries: the role of partnerships between NGOs and research institutions".


More details about the session and the speakers here:


Presentation at the 12th international Health Economics Association (iHEA) congress, 8-11 July 2017, Boston


Paola Salari presented one of the papers on which she is currently working with Fabrizio Tediosi, Patricia Akweongo and Moses Aikins at the 2017 iHEA conference, in Boston. The title of the paper is: Determinants of health insurance enrollment in Ghana: evidence from three national household surveys.


More details about the program can be found here: