The World Bank has just published a massive new dataset – HEFPI – which documents disparities in health intervention coverage and health outcomes, and the incidence of catastrophic and impoverishing out-of-pocket medical expenses worldwide:
The HEFPI dataset contains 12,856 datapoints at the population level across 194 countries, of which 8,550 are available at the (wealth) quintile level too.
HEFPI spans the period 1982-2017, with 11,079 datapoints since 2000.
It contains 51 indicators in total, of which five cover financial protection, 18 medical intervention coverage, and 28 health outcomes.
Indicators were selected that are commonly used in international goals such as the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals, Universal Health Coverage, the Non-Communicable Disease targets, etc.
The data come from over 1,600 household surveys. Wherever possible, HEFPI datapoints were computed from microdata to ensure consistency across countries and years – an advantage over data from sources like Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) and Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) reports and the DHS StatCompiler tool.
There’s a data portal where you can explore data availability, and construct and save customized visualizations of the data.
Prof. dr. Stephen T. Chambers and Prof. dr. Jean W. Pape will be giving talks on “Migratory Health” and “TB & Healthcare in Vulnerable Populations”. Prof. Chambers is the Clinical Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand, and has published over 250 peer reviewed papers in medical journals among which are the BMJ, JAMA and the Lancet. Prof. Pape is Founder and Director of the GHESKIO Centers (Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections). He has received numerous international awards for his work. In April 2002, French President Jacques Chirac awarded Prof. Pape the Legion of Honor Award for his “contribution to the improvement of the health of the Haitian people and that of people in the world, Dr. Pape was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in June 2003 and in 2010 received the 2010 Christophe Mérieux Prize.
Further information on the speakers and their talks can be found here.
Ellen Van de Poel, Leander Buisman, Eddy Van Doorslaer and Owen O’Donnell started a UNICEF project on the Analysis of nationally representative surveys to examine the determinants of stunting in selected low- and middle-income countries (90.000 euro)
The Erasmus Center for Health Economics Research (ESCHER) – a collaboration between ESE, iBMG, EMC has been awarded with a Research Excellence Initiative Grant. Among many other activities to boost Health Economics Research in Rotterdam, Arjun Bedi and Eddy Van Doorslaer will co-supervise a PhD student in the field of Global Health.
ISS PhD researcher Runa Laila and Kristen Cheney are involved in a RGHI two-year 490.000-euro WOTRO grant within the Sexual and Reproductive Health Research programme. The project is called “Psychodrama as transformative intervention in the SRH of young men in urban slums in Dhaka; proof of a novel approach.”
iBMG-Health Economics submitted a proposal to the EU’s Horizon 2020 program (6 million euro) on the topic of Translating Evidence on Provider Incentives in Primary Care. Partners are EMC, Wageningen, LSHTM, Karolinska and research institutes in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.