Uzaib Saya

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


M.S. in health policy and management, Harvard University; B.A. in history, international studies, Williams College


Uzaib Saya is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His research uses tools from microeconomics and public health to evaluate the impact of health interventions and health investments in low and middle-income countries.

At RAND, Saya has worked on these areas by utilizing quantitative and qualitative methodologies. He has supported the design, implementation and analyses of field experiments examining the effectiveness of small rewards on health behaviors among HIV-positive adults in Uganda, and also tested different means to deliver early childhood development (ECD) interventions in rural Kenya. He has worked on cost-effectiveness analyses of integrated family planning and HIV care at clinics in Uganda and has examined challenges in health provision and coping mechanisms for conflict-affected health facilities in Yemen.

Prior to joining RAND, he worked with Management Sciences for Health, a global health nonprofit organization, providing technical support to donor-funded projects and ministries of health in areas such as cost modeling, while also examining financial barriers for scale-up of health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. At The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva, Switzerland, he facilitated the pilot of the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria in seven sub-Saharan African countries. Saya has in-country work experience in the United States, Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, and Uganda. His work has been featured in peer-reviewed journals, including Lancet Global Health, BMC Public Health, Journal of Global Health, and AIDS & Behavior

Selected Publications

Jill E Luoto, Italo Lopez Garcia, Frances E Aboud, Daisy R Singla, Lia C H Fernald, Helen O Pitchik, Uzaib Y Saya, Ronald Otieno, Edith Alu, "Group-based parenting interventions to promote child development in rural Kenya: a multi-arm, cluster-randomised community effectiveness trial," Lancet Global Health

MacCarthy, Sarah; Saya, Uzaib; Samba, Clare; Birungi, Josephine; Okoboi, Stephen; Linnemayr, Sebastian., "'How am I Going to Live?': Exploring Barriers to ART Adherence among Adolescents and Young Adults living with HIV in Uganda," BMC Public Health, 2018

Moore, Melinda; Faherty, Laura J.; Fischer, Shira H. et al., Data and family planning: an evaluation of two programs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RAND (RB-9984-BMGF)

Moore, Melinda; Faherty, Laura J.; Fischer, Shira H. et al., Evaluation of two programs supporting global family planning data needs: assessing achievements, informing future directions, RAND (RR-2112-BMGF)

Bond, Craig; Strong, Aaron; Burger, Nicholas E.; Weilant, Sarah; Saya, Uzaib; Chandra, Anita, Resilience Dividend Valuation Model: framework development and initial case studies, RAND (RR-2129-RF)

Collins D, Jarrah Z, Gilmartin C, Saya U, "The costs of integrated community case management programs: a multi-country analysis," Journal of Global Health, 4(2), 2014

Honors & Awards

  • Pardee Dissertation Award for Global Human Progress, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Gund Fund Scholarship, Harvard University


Urdu; Hindi (conversant)