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Featured Project - Cost effectiveness analysis of different dengue interventions and its application for policy evaluation and to help guide equitable access to health care

Ms Tran Thi Thanh Phuong is a 2012 Global Health Bioethics Network Fellow.

Biosketch:

I am a Research Fellow at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Economics Finance and Investment (First Class Honours) and then I took a Masters Degree in Finance and Banking both in the UK.  I then returned to Viet Nam and worked as a Lecturer in Economics at the Economics University of Ho Chi Minh City. I am now a Research Fellow and PhD student at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit focused on Health Economics, with collaborations at the Department of Public Health University of Oxford UK, National Institute Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE UK).

Project Title: Cost effectiveness analysis of different dengue interventions and its application for policy evaluation and to help guide equitable access to health care

 The focus of my research is on the Health Economics Challenges facing Viet Nam including work on Health Insurance, Government Provision and Payment Models for Vaccines, and Infectious Diseases.

My PHD research aims to explore different techniques of health economic evaluation cost minimisation analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, cost benefit analysis, and cost utility anlaysis" to evaluate health interventions and their relevance to health care decision making in the context of developing country like Viet Nam.

My research is specifically to use economic and cost effectiveness analysis to assess public health programs as well as problems specific to clinical medicine in Viet Nam, based on specific case studies in disease, dengue and HIV. The research is intended to combine clinical research and practice with Health Economics, Policy and develop models to assess how such evidence can help inform policy making in Viet Nam. A review of current health care funding system in Viet Nam will also be undertaken.

My research will also explore the broader ethical and political issues surrounding the application of health economics.  Health Economics is currently of great importance in Viet Nam and I hope that through my PhD I can contribute to the growing debate about the way health provision in Viet Nam can be afforded in a sustainable and equitable way.

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