The Health Policy Research Group (HPRG) founded in 2002, is made up of staff from various departments of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Enugu campuses. It originated from the Health Policy Research Unit of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Medicine, UNEC, which has been in existence since 1995. The departments that make up HPRG include Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Department of Community Medicine, Department of Health Administration and Management, and Department of Sociology/Anthropology. The group has several researchers with expertise in public health, economics, sociology and medicine.
Current Research Activities:
Gates Malaria Partnership-funded study on " Private and public providers of malaria treatment services in Anambra state, Nigeria: socio-economics of improving access to appropriate care".
Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR), WHO funded study entitled “ Scaling up of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy in southeast Nigeria: Biomedical and policy assessment” (Project Ref: ID_3.070).
Benefit Incidence Analysis (BIA) of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Antiretroviral Therapy Clinic.
The UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases Steering Committee for Social, Economic and Behavioural Research funded study entitled "Inequities in access to interventions for malaria control in children under five years and pregnant women in South-East Nigeria" (Project ID No. A50257).
World Bank sponsored study entitled “Feasibility of Voluntary Health Insurance in Nigeria”. January – June, 2005.
Cost-effectiveness analysis and willingness-to-pay for competing diagnostic strategies for malaria in Nigeria. Project A50076
Consultancies and Policy work:
Group members also provide consultancy services when needed in different disciplines: Health Economics, Sociology, Community Medicine, Public Health, Statistics, etc
Health Systems Research/Analysis
Community Planning & Programming
Capacity Building Activities:
Health economics and research methodology workshops with policy makers and researchers
Regular research findings feedback seminars with research partners
Human Resources for Health: Strengthening post-graduate public health education capacity for health policy and systems research. YR Grant No. 40
Health Economics seminar series, open to all who are interested
Journal Club activities (review of published Journal articles)
Consortium for Research for Equitable Health Systems (CREHS)
Professor PO Okonkwo BS.MS, PhD (Pharmacology) MIPAN FAS
Dr. OE Onwujekwe MB. BS. MSc PhD (Health Economics) DTMPH
Dr. BSC Uzochukwu MB. BS FWACP MPH
Chief DFE Nwagbo BSc MSc (Biostatistics)
Dr. EN Shu PhD (Pharmaco-epidemiology)
Dr. (Mrs) Nkoli Ezumah PhD (Sociology)
Dr. (Mrs) GU Madubuko PhD (Nursing)
Professor BC Ozumba MB. BS FWACS
Nkem Dike MPH
Eric Obikeze MSc (Economics)
Soludo Eze MSc (Sociology)
Chijioke Okoli MSc (Economics)
Dr. Ochomma PhD (Health Management and Planning)
Amaechi Nwobi MB. BS FWACP
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, UNTH
Health Policy Research Group
c/o Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
UNTH PMB 01129
Enugu , Enugu State Nigeria.