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Professor, Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University


Ayako Honda has extensive experience in research on health systems in Africa and Asia. She previously worked in the Health Economics Unit at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and has collaborated with African and Asian researchers to address a range of health systems issues in LMIC settings. She holds a PhD in health economics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London). Ayako is interested in understanding how different groups of actors respond to the implementation of policy options, particularly health care financing policy that aims to progress toward universal health coverage. She is also interested in the use of discrete choice experiment (DCE) in LMIC settings as a method to understand the needs, preferences and values of people working in health systems in order to reflect people’s opinions in policy.

【Recent Publications】
  • Mbau R, Kabia E, Honda A, Hanson K, Barasa E. (2020). Examining purchasing reforms towards universal health coverage by the National Hospital Insurance Fund in Kenya. International Journal for Equity in Health 19 (1).
  • Honda A, Obse A. (2020). Payment arrangements for private healthcare purchasing under publicly funded systems in low- and middle-income countries: issues and implications. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy 18 (6).
  • Hanson K, Barasa E, Honda A, Panichkriangkrai W, Patcharanarumol W. (2019). Strategic purchasing: the neglected health financing function for pursuing universal health coverage in low-and middle-income countries: comment on “What’s needed to develop strategic purchasing in healthcare? Policy lessons from a realist review”. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 8 (8).
  • Honda A, Krucien N, Ryan M, Diouf I, Salla M, Nagai M, Fujita N. (2019). For more than money: willingness of health professionals to stay in remote Senegal. BMC Human Resources for Health. 17 (28).
  • Etiaba E, Onwujekwe O, Honda A, Ibe O, Uzochukwu B, Hanson K. (2018). Strategic purchasing for universal health coverage: examining the purchaser-provider relationship within a social health insurance scheme in Nigeria. BMJ Global Health. 3 (5).
  • Ibe O, Honda A, Etiaba E, Ezumah N, Hanson K, Onwujekwe O. (2017). Do beneficiaries’ views matter in healthcare purchasing decisions? Experiences from the Nigerian tax-funded health system and the formal sector social health insurance program of the National Health Insurance Scheme. International Journal for Equity in Health. 16 (1).
  • Honda A, McIntyre D, Hanson K, Tangcharoensathien V. (Eds). (2016). Strategic Purchasing in China, Indonesia and the Philippines, World Health Organization. Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (APO) Comparative Country Studies.
  • Cunnama L, and Honda A. (2016). A mother's choice: a qualitative study of mothers' health seeking behaviour for their children with acute diarrhoea. BMC Health Services Research. 16 (1).
  • Honda A, and F. Vio (2015). Incentives for non-physician health professionals to work in the rural and remote areas of Mozambique –a discrete choice experiment for eliciting job preferences. BMC Human Resources for Health. 13 (23).
  • Honda A. (2015). Analysis of agency relationships in the design and implementation process of the equity fund in Madagascar. BMC Res Notes. 8 (31).
  • Honda A, Ryan M, van Niekerk R, McIntyre D. (2015). Improving the public health sector in South Africa: eliciting public preferences using a discrete choice experiment. Health Policy and Planning. 30 (5).
  • Honda A (2013), L’analyse d’un fonds d’équité à Madagascar. in: Ridde V et Jacob J-P. (dir.) Les indigents et les politiques de santé en Afrique. Expériences et enjeux conceptuels, Academia L’Harmattan. Collection “Investigations d’anthropologie prospective” numéro 6. Louvain-La-Neuve.
  • McIntyre M, Ranson M, Aulakh B, Honda A. (2013). Promoting universal financial protection: evidence from seven low- and middle-income countries on factors facilitating or hindering progress. Health Research Policy and Systems. 11 (36).
  • Honda A. (2013) 10 best resources on…pay for performance in low- and middle-income countries. Health Policy and Planning. 28 (5).
  • Honda A, Hanson, K. (2013) Do equity funds protect the poor? Case studies from north-western Madagascar. Health Policy & Planning. 28 (1).
  • Honda A, Randaoharison P, Matsui M (2011). Affordability of emergency obstetric and neonatal care at public hospitals in Madagascar. Reproductive Health Matters. 19 (37).

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