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Prof. Edwine Barasa

Nairobi & Deputy Director - KWTRP


Edwine is a Deputy Director and the Director of the Nairobi Programme in KWTRP. He also heads the Programme’s Health Economics Research Unit (HERU). Edwine is also a Visiting Professor of Health Economics at the University of Oxford. He has a PhD in health economics (University of Cape Town), a master's degree in health economics (University of Cape Town), and a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy (University of Nairobi). Edwine’s research interests include health financing; equity and efficiency analysis in healthcare; economic evaluation of healthcare interventions; measuring health systems' performance; and health system governance. Edwine has several years of experience of practice, advisory, and conducting health economics and financing research in Kenya and in the broader Sub-Saharan African region. He provides health financing advisory to the Kenya Ministry of Health with his latest roles including appointments by the Minister of Health to the taskforce for COVID-19 vaccine deployment, the reform of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), and Kenya Health Benefits Advisory Panel. At the regional level, his latest appointments include as a chair of the advisory board of the Africa CDC’s Health Economic Programme, and as chair of the Africa Universal Health Coverage Commission. He also provides health financing technical advisory support to several international development organizations, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), focusing on the broader Sub-Saharan African region.