Global Health

RAND Global Health supports the development of health systems and good health policy in the global community by analyzing, modeling, and assessing policy options for public and private sector entities in the United States and around the world.

Featured Project Work

Social and Behavioral Challenges Confronting Uganda in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

A team of investigators at RAND, led by Glenn Wagner and Gery Ryan, have joined a consortium with researchers at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, a number of community HIV care organizations, to conduct a project funded by NIH that aims to develop the capacity of Ugandan junior investigators (new PhDs) to acquire independent funding to conduct social and behavioral research that will address key social and behavioral challenges confronting Uganda in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The project has two components, one being a series of short course training workshops (led primarily by RAND instructors) to build research methodological skills, and the other being the implementation of three pilot research studies led by the junior investigators with close mentorship and oversight from senior investigators. The three studies include:

  1. A prospective cohort study that will examine the impact of HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) on key economic, social and sexual health outcomes among individuals and households,
  2. A group intervention the will empower and train HIV clients to be agents for change and prevention among themselves and their social networks, and
  3. Operations research study conducts in three clinics to improve clinic efficiecy and cost-effectiveness of ART scale-up. This five-year project has just entered its second year.

Highlights of Recent and Current Work

National University of Singapore Centre for Health Services Research

This collaboration between RAND Health and the National University of Singapore is accelerating the development and implementation of a Centre for Health Services Research within the university's Faculty of Medicine to address national needs for health outcomes research to inform public health care policy.

Phase II of RAND's work with the National University of Singapore involves three joint projects aimed at developing the country's health policy research capacity and better informing policy makers.

National Health Scorecard

In support of Singapore's efforts to improve quality of health and healthcare, RAND Health is collaborating with the Ministry of Health to develop a National Health Scorecard to measure and monitor the status of health at the national level as well as the quality of healthcare delivered in the healthcare system across multiple clinical domains.

Construct a Model to Forecast Healthcare Workforce Needs

To better inform the use of healthcare resources in the future, RAND is working with Singapore's Ministry of Health to develop forecast models to project future disease burdens and health utilization. The models will form the foundation for healthcare workforce and infrastructure planning at the MOH.

Conduct a National Mental Health Study

The burden of mental health illness is increasingly recognized as a major concern for many societies. The need to better quantify the magnitude of this burden and the associated impact on the healthcare system and society more generally has resulted in a project between the Institute of Mental Health of Singapore, RAND and multiple partners in Singapore to conduct a comprehensive national mental health study.

Strengthening Sub-Regional Infectious Disease Surveillance in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and South Asia

This project is supporting the Global Health and Security Initiative, of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), in the strategic development and implementation of activities involving three sub-regional partnerships (in the Mekong Basin of Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia), all oriented around cooperation in infectious disease surveillance and control. As part of this project, RAND helped the NTI, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rockefeller Foundation, and Ministries of Health in the Mekong Basin region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China-Yunnan Province) to strengthen national and sub-regional pandemic influenza preparedness by developing and conducting exercises to improve planning for a pandemic influenza emergency.

Developing a National Health Care Strategy for Qatar

Describes RAND's work with the State of Qatar to develop and implement a world-class health care system designed to optimize the health of its residents.

Health System Reconstruction and Nation-Building

Presents findings from a study of past attempts to rebuild public health and health care delivery systems during nation-building efforts after U.S. military deployments.

Determining the Global Health Impact of Improved Diagnostic Technologies for the Developing World

Presents findings from a study to quantify the global health benefits of better clinical diagnostic tools.

Global Health work in Europe

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UAE National Strategy for Environmental Health

RAND is collaborating (through a subcontract with the University of North Carolina [UNC] Gillings School of Global Public Health) on a project with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) to develop a scientifically sound 10-year national strategy and an initial four-year action plan for environmental health in the UAE.

The strategy and plan will be based on systematic assessments and participatory workshops to elicit stakeholder preferences regarding priority risk areas and risk management strategies, and specifically will:

  • identify and prevent health threats caused by environmental factors,
  • identify risk management strategies in the environment and health sectors to reduce the burden of disease caused by these threats, and
  • strengthen the capacity of the UAE government in this arena.