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Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS)

About BCEPS

The Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS) is part of the Section for Ethics and Health Economics at the University of Bergen Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care. BCEPS aims to understand and promote ethically acceptable, fair, and efficient priority setting in national health systems. It will provide decision support to countries on the path to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – in partial fulfilment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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VISION:

Improved priority setting for health, aiming for the greatest number of healthy life years for all, fairly distributed, with financial risk protection

OBJECTIVES:

  1. BCEPS aims to develop and provide methods, evidence and normative guidance for ethically acceptable, fair and efficient priority setting for improved population health and wellbeing in national health systems. [Trond Mohn Foundation]
     
  2. BCEPS will provide decision support to countries for fair and efficient priority setting - on the path to Universal Health Coverage, for public health, and for intersectoral action - in partial fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals. [NORAD]


PLAN:

BCEPS will expand its work on Disease Control Priorities in Ethiopia, with support from the newly established Addis Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (ACEPS), to Zanzibar and Malawi. It will also provide capacity strengthening and help define and implement an essential health benefit package in Zanzibar and an essential surgery package in Malawi. In all activities, we will monitor impact on three outcomes: health, equity, and financial risk protection.

BCEPS currently carries out work in Norway, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zanzibar and India. 

COLLABORATION:

BCEPS has an extensive network of collaborative partners in Norway and abroad, including its key partner, the Addis Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (ACEPS) at the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Addis Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (ACEPS)

ACEPS is our key partner and acts as a regional hub for knowledge exchange in East Africa. It organises short and advanced courses in economic evaluation, priority setting and essential health service package design for relevant stakeholders in the region (in particular Ethiopia, Malawi and Zanzibar). ACEPS is located at the University of Addis Ababa.

International Partners

  • Harvard University (US)
  • University of Washington (US)
  • University of California, San Francisco (US)
  • University of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • University of York (UK)
  • London School of Economics (UK)
  • World Health Organisation
  • World Bank
  • Ministries of Health in Malawi, Zanzibar and Ethiopia

Norwegian Partners

  • Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI)
  • Centre for International Health (CIH) at the University of Bergen
  • Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality (FAIR) at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
  • Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)
  • Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO) at the University of Bergen
  • Western Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Vest)
  • Akershus University Hospital, Oslo


 

BCEPS Director:

Professor Ole Frithjof Norheim     

BCEPS Deputy Director:

Associate Professor Ingrid Miljeteig     

Ole Frithjof Norheim
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Ingrid Miljeteig
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ACEPS Research Director:
Senior Researcher Solomon Tesemma Memirie