Martina Mchenga

Martina Mchenga has a PhD (Economics) from Stellenbosch University attained in April, 2020.  Her PhD work focused an empirical analysis of the effectiveness of maternal and child health interventions in improving delivery outcomes in Malawi. Has expertise in the management of large household and facility level data with the ability to use it in econometric modelling for research and policy implications. Research interests include; Health financing, maternal and child health, health services and health systems, financial burden of diseases, inequity in health services access; analysis of quality of care, climate change, women empowerment and poverty. Proficient in Stata, R, QGIS, Excel, Triage, and SurveyCTO.

Currently, She is working as an Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellow with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone. Her work entails providing technical expertise in the implementation of health financing reforms that the government is currently implementing; Social Insurance Scheme and Performance based Financing (PBF). She is also the lead person in the development of the Government of Sierra Leone's national health policy.

The foregoing training and experience gives him relevant experience in communicating research outputs to policymakers and practitioners for impact.




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Fields of specialization

Poverty and inequality , Health and nutrition, Youth and children


Title Country Themes
Understanding the impact of COVID on health inequality -South Africa South Africa Financial inclusion


Dr Martina Mchenga
Overseas Development Institute Fellow
Ministry of Health and Sanitation

Contact information:

Health Financing Unit, Youyi Building, 5th floor
Freetown (Western Urban)
Sierra Leone
T: +23276196424

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