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Takondwa Mwase


Doctoral Student

Takondwa Mwase is a trained Health Economist with over 20 years of experience. His research focuses on investigating the equity effects of performance based financing on utilization of maternal health services in low-and middle- income countries with specific focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to starting as a PhD candidate at the Institute of Global Health, he has worked for Abt Associates, Inc, the World Health Organization/Africa Regional Office, the World Health Organization/Geneva and the Ministry of Health headquarters/Malawi. His career has covered leading, developing and managing complex and innovative health programs and systems, providing technical assistance, policy advice and consulting to over 20 low-and middle-income countries on health sector and health financing reforms, performance based financing, health insurance, sector-wider approaches, health planning, resource tracking using National Health Accounts/System of Health Accounts frameworks, public health expenditure reviews, economic evaluation, costing of essential health packages/interventions, resource allocation, budgeting, equity and efficiency Analyses, decentralization, Human Resources for Health, policy analysis and development, and overall health systems strengthening.


2016 PhD candidate: Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University
1998 MSSc: University of Cape Town, South Africa
1992 BSSc: University of Malawi


Revill P, Walker S, Madan Jm Ciaranello A, Mwase T, Gibb D, Claxton K, Sculpher M (2014): Cost-effectiveness to determine value for money in Low-and Middle-income country health care systems: Are current international norms fit for the purpose? Centre for Health Economics (CHE), research paper, 98, University of York, England. http://www.idsihealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Cost-Effectiveness-Thresholds_Value_Low-Middle-Income-Countries_York.pdf

Bowie C and Mwase T: Assessing the use of an essential health package in a sector wide approach in Malawi. Health Research Policy and Systems 2011 9:4. Bowie and Mwase Health Research Policy and Systems 2011, 9:4

Joses M Kirigia, Luis G Sambo, Benjamin Nganda, Germano M Mwabo, Rufaro Chatora, Takondwa Mwase. Factors which influence demand for health insurance among South Africa women. Journal Health Research Policy and Systems, BMC, Health Services Research 2005, 5:17

Susna De, Takondwa Mwase, Wenjun Wang, Jenna Wright (2009). How have Global Health Initiatives affected Domestic Investments in the HIV/AIDS Response? A comparative Analysis of HIV/AIDS Health Expenditures in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia before and after the donor influx published in the Lancet 2009; 373: 2137-69 as contribution by the WHO Maximizing Positive synergies Collaborative Group on special Health Policy Issue: An Assessment of Interactions between global health Initiatives and country health systems

Zere E, Moeti M, Kirigia J, Mwase T, Kataika E: Equity in health and health care in Malawi: analysis of trends. BMC Public Health 2007, 7:78


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