Improving population health and reducing health inequality in Southern and East Africa is central to Thanzi la Onse. By actively engaging with key health-system decision-makers at the national, regional and global levels, the programme strives to deliver research which aligns to the realities of delivering health care to citizens.
At an international level, Thanzi la Onse is working closely with the Center for Global Development (CGD). We will jointly convene Working Groups to investigate key topics, propose appropriate policy recommendations and pursue actions for policy change. CGD Working Groups typically involve specialist researchers, high-level policymakers and other relevant stakeholders. A first Global Health Goals and Guidelines Working Group has been established, together also with the HIV Modelling Consortium. This will inform how economics and epidemiological modelling can be used within priority-setting activities of international organizations such as the World Health Organization.
Thanzi la Onse has partnered with the East Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community which has strong links with senior officials in Ministries of Health across the region. Thanzi la Onse researchers collaborate with ECSA to convene working groups with senior decision-makers to disseminate research findings and discuss the specific challenges affecting their resource allocation decisions.
Two initial policy briefs will be produced by the Programme to provide technical guidance on health equity and Essential Health Package design.