Efficient management of health centres human resources in Zambia

Felix Masiye*, Joses M. Kirigia, Ali Emrouznejad, Luis G. Sambo, Abdou B. Mounkaila, Davis Chimfwembe, David Okello

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This study uses data envelopment analysis (DEA) to estimate the degree of technical, allocative, and cost efficiency in individual public and private health centres and to identify the relative inefficiencies in the use of various inputs among individual health centres. About 83% of the 40 health centres were technically inefficient and 88% of them were both allocatively and cost inefficient. The privately owned health centres were found to be more efficient than public facilities. There is need to undertake these kind of studies among all health facilities (irrespective of proprietorship) in the WHO African Region countries to guide health sector reforms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEfficiency of Health System Units in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationA Data Envelopment Analysis
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789966792426
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Health centres management
  • Technical efficiency
  • Zambia Health


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