The study is part of the r4d programme under the “Inclusive Social Protection for Chronic Health Problems (ISPCHP)” project. The r4d programme, or the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development, is a programme that aims to help solve global problems in the least developed, low- and middle-income countries, through research.
The ISPCHP project’s key aims are:
- To assess the impact of chronic illness on (a) healthcare use and expenditures (across different settings); (b) work capacity and productivity (in informal economies); (c) socioeconomic outcomes (such as poverty, human capital investments, etc.); (d) health and mortality (such as disease progression, disability and death)
- To evaluate the role of access to (existing) diagnosis and treatment programs for improving the above outcomes using (quasi-) experimental study design
THE ISPCHP is implemented by a consortium of research institutions comprised by the International Institute for Population Science (India), IMFR-LEAD (India), Invest in Knowledge (Malawi), UPecon Foundation (Philippines), and the Institute for Health Policy (Sri Lanka). The University of Lausanne is the overall coordinator of the project.
Phases of the NECVaRE
- Phase 1 (2016-2018)
Phase 1 involved the finalization of the study design, preparation and implementation of the surveys and interventions, and presentation of the preliminary results of the experiment.
- Phase 2 (2019–2021)
The second phase involves further analysis of the data and disseminations of results.