About us

Who we are
Who we are
The Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) is a group of researchers based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme working on a wide range of research spanning three broad thematic areas;
Economics of Health Systems
Economic Evaluation
Broader Health Policy and Systems Research
and Policy Analysis

HERU’s economics of health systems research focuses on examining health financing reforms that are either needed or currently implemented by LMIC governments to accelerate progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Research in this area includes the assessment of the equity, efficiency of health systems and assessing country progress towards the attainment of UHC along both the effective service coverage and financial risk protection dimensions. HERU’s work on economic evaluation focuses on generating evidence on the costs, cost-effectiveness, and budget impact of healthcare interventions with the aim of informing planning and prioritization decisions.

Our broader health systems and policy analysis work focuses on examining organizational and institutional arrangements and how these affect health system performances, the role of governance in health systems strengthening, and assessing the implementation of health sector policies.

Healthcare priority-setting and resource allocation is a cross-cutting interest in our work.