You should submit one report per group. You should also include:
You will be advised of the deadline for submission of this assignment, and subsequent return of marks, by your MBA Administrator.
Your group has been hired as consultants for the Sub-Saharan Africa Fund for Health (SAFH).
The SAFH has an annual budget of US$500million per year for funding health programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa. The shortlist of countries they consider funding healthcare programmesin areBenin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Togo, and Zambia. SAFH allocate their funding to programmes in these countries which target specific diseases or areas of health, with the goal of reducing the overall disease burden. To achieve that aim,in recent years the SAFH has, for example, funded programs to fight malaria in Burundi, diarrheal diseases in Niger, and tuberculosis in Togo.
The SAFH has recently undergone afunding review, which has led to a number of changes. The review found that their decision-making process for allocating money to countries and disease areas was opaque.The SAFH Board of Directors has decided that the organization needsto havea more rigorous and transparent methodology for their decisions.Additionally,based on the recent United Nations Sustainable Development Goalto achieve “financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all,” the SAFH Board decided thatthey should fund programmes that reduce households’ out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure. They are aware that household out-of-pocket health expenditure can push households into poverty, and they believe that reducing this burden should be considered alongside reducing the disease burden.
The SAFH have the funds to launch two new programmes in one country this year. You have been asked to carry out an appropriate range of analyses which enable you to provide a suitable report for the SAFH, recommending a priority list of4-5 diseases/diseaseareas within one country to fundas well as providing evidence for the recommendation.
The SAFH want you to recommend how to prioritize investment in 4-5 diseases in one country. For example, a priority list for Benin could be:
Note: this list is just an example, and it is not based on any analysis.
The SAFH want their investment to reduce the disease burden and to protect households from potentially catastrophic out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare.They also want to achieve stakeholder buy-in, and stakeholders may have additionalor differing goals.
The organization has decided on two reliable sources of data they believe will continue to be updated yearly, and they want you to use these data to advise them on which country and which disease/disease areas they should focus on. The data are provided to you in two excelfiles (ASDM Assignment GHE Data.xlsx and ASDM Assignment GBD Data.xlsx), and their respective sources are:
The SAFH management has indicated they want you to combine these datasets and use them to make recommendations they can present the Board of Directors. SAFH expect you to produce a report in the required three parts, each of which is described in more detail below.
Note: It is important to consider how you will approach your analysis for both the decision analysis and the data analysis together since Part 3 is dependent onPart 2. Each part of the analysis should support your progression towards recommending one country to receive funding, along with a prioritised list of diseases/disease areas recommended to receive funding.
The Executive Reportwill be used by the SAFH senior management and the Board of Directors to make funding decisions. This report should present your recommendedpriority listfor SAFH funding in one country and other key findings. This report should be supported by the evidence presented in the technical reports of your analysis.
Your first task is to conduct a thorough analysis of the data provided and to write a detailed technical report.The SAFH plan to publish the technical report to ensure a transparent process, and they want their staff to use the methodology you develop in the future. Your technical report should include evidence to back your key findings as well as to explain the methodology to the SAFH analysts.
The SAFH expect the analysis to compare countries’ relevant key indicators—their current state and through time. They suggest that you may want to define performancemeasures to aid the decision-making; these should be focused on the stated aims of the SAFH.They are keen to see comparisons across multiple countries, and suggest you select around 6 countries.
Note: Do not constrict your analysis to one country at this point.SAFH have indicated they expect two levels of analysis:
As a minimum, your analysis should include:
Your Technical Report should allow the SAFH to provide a technical audit of your analytical process and findings.
You must include a copy of the Excel file that you have used for the analysis.
Limit your multi-attribute value analysis to only one of the countries considered in your data analysis.There is no one correct country to choose, but your choice should be influenced by the findings of your data analysis.
The SAFHBoard wants you to recommend a priority funding list for your selected country. TheBoard understands that the decision on which diseases to invest their funds is challenging and that there are many competing issues that must be managed. For example, they believe people will have differing views on issues such as:
SAFH want to make their decision process transparent, and to achieve buy-in for their decisions they also want to capture stakeholders’ views. A non-exhaustive list of stakeholders includes the country’shealth ministry, other branches of government, advocacy groups in the country, and donors to the SAFH.
Analyse the decision problem facing the SAFH using multi-attribute value analysis supported by the V.I.S.A software.
HINT: Each group member should role play different actors within this decision problem. For example, roles include the analyst, the facilitator and different stakeholders. This will give you the opportunity to mimic real-life and the experience of managing or participating in the decision analysis.
Your report on the analysis should:
You should include carefully chosen visual displays to illustrate your report.
You must include a copy of the V.I.S.A. file that you have used for the analysis.