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BCEPS Projects

The overall objective of BCEPS is to understand and promote ethically acceptable, fair, and efficient priority setting in health systems, whereby current funding is primarily directed towards “Decision Support for Universal Health Coverage" in Ethiopia, Zanzibar and Malawi.

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In addition to working in Ethiopia, Zanzibar and Malawi, BCEPS is also involved in other priority setting projects in Norway and abroad. An overview of the BCEPS projects portfolio is provided below.

PROJECT PORTFOLIO

1. DECISION SUPPORT FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE (UHC)

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 provide capacity strengthening and help define and implement a highest priority package for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries in Zanzibar and an essential surgery package in Malawi. In all activities, impact will be monitored on three outcomes: health, equity, and financial risk protection.

Goal:

Improved efficiency, equity, and financial risk protection of health sector performance in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Zanzibar on their path to UHC

Expected outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Establish and support in-country capacity to define essential health benefit packages in the three countries 
  • Outcome 2: Support the definition of health benefit packages and follow implementation in the three countries
  • Outcome 3: Enhance global knowledge and guidance on progressive realization of UHC in resource poor settings 

Project work packages:

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Zanzibar
Essential Surgery Malawi
Addis Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (ACEPS)
Translation and Process
Visualisation Tool
Core Analytics 

External project co-operation:

  • Fair Financing of UHC
    (in co-operation with the World Bank and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health)
  • Essential Health Benefit Packages for UHC
    (in co-operation with the World Health Organisation)
     

2. DISEASE CONTROL PRIORITIES (DCP) - ETHIOPIA

DCP Ethiopia is an ongoing project (until the end of 2020) funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

3. TRAINING OF TRAINERS IN MEDICAL ETHICS (ToT ME) - ETHIOPIA

The ToT ME programme is an ongoing project led by BCEPS Associate Professor Ingrid Miljeteig and supported by the University of Bergen and Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen.

4. INCLUSIVE EVALUATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS

Inclusive Evaluation of Public Health Interventions is an ongoing project (until the end of 2021) funded by the Research Council of Norway. Project leaders are Trygve Ottersen (Norwegian Institute of Publich Health) and Ole Frithjof Norheim (BCEPS)


Collaborative projects
 

1. PRIORITY SETTING FOR NEW AND EXPENSIVE CANCER DRUGS

Priority Setting for New and Expensive Cancer Drugs - seeking new roles for age and biomarkers in clinical decision making - is a BCEPS PhD project in collaboration with the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers at the University of Bergen.

BCEPS contact person: Eirik Tranvåg

2. SEVERITY AND PRIORITY SETTING IN HEALTH CARE (SEVPRI)

BCEPS is a collaborative partner in Severity and Priority Setting in Health Care (SEVPRI). The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and is based at Akershus University Hospital.