By Prof Steve Koch
Posted on 10 September 2010
Mr Jan v Rensburg is in the back row on the right and Miss Hayley Reynolds is fifth from right in the front row.
Mr Jan van Rensburg and Miss Hayley Reynolds from the Department of Economics attended an intensive 8 day workshop in August at the University of the Witwatersrand's Department of Public Health on "The Burden of Disease and Health Economic Evaluations".
The aim of the workshop was to develop the practical skills of researchers in South Africa with tools to compile burden of disease data and to model the cost-effectiveness of health interventions, from gathering the data, through developing appropriate models, to reporting the results including the sensitivity and uncertainty analysis.
The workshop was lead by well known international expert on Burden of Disease studies Prof Theo Vos from the University of Queensland in Australia and some of his colleagues. The content of the workshop was based on two postgraduate-level courses in the field of study at the University of Queensland. Lectures was filled with practical examples form various parts of the world while the exercises focused on South African data and typical South African disease studies.
Both participants from the Department of Economics are confident that their own research definitely benefit from the experience.