Uzaib Saya

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


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


Uzaib Saya is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His research interests include evaluating the impact of health interventions and health investments in low and middle-income countries.

At RAND, Saya has worked on these areas utilizing quantitative and qualitative methodologies in field experiments examining the effectiveness of small rewards on health behaviors among HIV-positive adults in Uganda, and testing different means to deliver early childhood development (ECD) interventions in rural Kenya. He has also worked on cost-effectiveness analyses of integrated family planning and HIV care at clinics in Uganda, and has examined health provision challenges 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 including cost modeling and evaluation to examine 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. He has worked in a variety of settings in the United States, Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, and Uganda.

Selected Publications

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)

Nyinawankunsi J, Kunda T, Ndizeye C, Saya U, "Increasing equity among community-based health insurance members in Rwanda," African Health Monitor (Special Edition on Universal Health Coverage), 2015

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)