I first got interested in health economics about 10 years ago when reading various chapters of Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries (DCP2) - its third edition is currently being worked on. Ranking interventions by cost-effectiveness is a compelling way to frame discussions about prioritisation. See for example the graphic below, which comes from p.41 of this chapter of DCP2. It… Continue reading To what should we compare the economic performance of WASH interventions?
The more I read on health economics, the more I realise how far WASH economics is "behind", especially on economic evaluation. I mean this in terms of methods, the extent/level of debate on key questions, and the size/engagement of the community of people working on it. The "how" question (in what ways it is behind,… Continue reading Why is WASH economics so far behind health economics?
A few weeks ago I started an economics PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, after The topic is an economic evaluation of an urban sanitation intervention in Maputo, Mozambique. I'll be estimating cost-effectiveness of the shared sanitation programme led by Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) in Maputo. After… Continue reading A PhD on urban sanitation economics