Chapter 17 Strengthening capacity for teaching of health economics in sub-Saharan Africa
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Teaching health economics (HE) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is crucial for developing a critical mass of people with the skills and knowledge to support the journey to Universal Health Coverage in the region. A 2008 survey found just two SSA institutions specializing in HE teaching but this picture is rapidly changing, with institutions developing and expanding teaching to respond to a significant unmet demand. While the core HE subjects taught in SSA are common to global practice, it is imperative that not only teaching approaches and content reflect and adapt to local context but also reflect local values, particularly related to appropriate methods for equity and highly constrained health financing. Examples of the University of Cape Town and the University of Ghana reflect established and new course offerings, while the role of development partners is essential in supporting local institutions to develop and maintain world-class curricula and teaching approaches.

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