Health Economic Unit



Dr Ayako Honda – Senior Researcher / Senior Lecturer

Ayako Honda is a Senior Researcher / Senior Lecturer in the Health Economics Unit at the University of Cape Town. Previously, she worked as a consultant and team-based research specialist investigating the field of Official Development Assistance (ODA) with a particular focus on public health and poverty alleviation for both government agencies and programme implementers. She holds a PhD in health economics from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Research interests: Her current research interests centre around the analysis of implementation processes for health system strengthening options from the organisational and institutional perspectives in order to examine their impact on equity.

Current research projects: Currently involved in a number of research projects concerning health financing and universal coverage in low and middle income countries, including:

  • Discrete choice experiment (DCE) for eliciting public preferences for health system changes in South Africa
  • Assessing efforts towards universal financial risk protection in low and middle income countries
  • Universal coverage in Tanzania and South Africa: Monitoring and evaluating progress

Current teaching: Masters programmes for Health Economics and Public Health specialising in Health Economics. She also coordinates and lectures in the Economics of Health Systems module.


Journal Articles

HONDA, A. (2012) 10 best resources on … pay for performance in low- and middle-income countries. Health Policy and Planning.First published online: September 7.

HONDA, A. & HANSON, K. (2012) Do equity funds protect the poor? Case studies from north-western Madagascar. Health Policy & Planning, First published online: March 16, 2012.

Honda, A., Randaoharison, P. & Matsui, M. (2011) Affordability of emergency obstetric and neonatal care at public hospitals in Madagascar. Reproductive Health Matters, 19, 10-20.

Honda A, Umenai T, Miura H, Hamada A, Sakano S. Household Financial Costs of Illness in Urban and Rural Areas of the Philippines. A Comparison between Geographical Areas and Income Groups. Nippon Koshu Eisei Zasshi. 2005 Jul; 52 (7): 639-51

Reports, policy documents and working papers

Honda, A. and D. McIntyre (2012). Community preferences for improving public sector health services in South Africa: What aspects of public sector health service quality improvements should be prioritised? HEU Policy Brief. Cape Town, Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town.

Honda A. Analysing the Medical Costs of a Package for HIV/ADIS Care in Phayao in Northern Thailand. May 2003. Submitted to Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Honda A. Final Evaluation of Collaboration Study Project on Epidemiology, Pathogenesis and Molecular Characterisation of Nipah Virus in Animals in Malaysia. September 2004. Printed by Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Honda A. Mid-Term Evaluation for the Leprosy Control and Basic Health Services Project in the Union of Myanmar. February 2003. Printed by Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Honda A. Preparatory Study for Project for Reproductive Health in Afghanistan. June 2004. Printed by Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Honda A. Study on the Financing of Health and Medical Services for the Indigent at Mahajanga University Centre Hospital. September 2003. Submitted to Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Honda A, User Fees Policy and Equitable Access to Health Care Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries – with the Case of Madagascar. Institute for International Cooperation, Japan International Cooperation Agency. 2006 Sep

Kimiko A, Honda A. (2002). Policy study on strategy development for the “Okinawa Infectious Diseases Control Initiative (IDI)”, IDCJ for Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kimiko A, Honda A. (2000). Study on international cooperation for infectious disease control, IDCJ for Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Makita R, Honda A. (2000). Baseline study on sustainable agriculture and rural development in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, IDCJ for Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Takeuchi M, Honda A. (2000). Study on the policy framework for development assistance of major bilateral donor countries. IDCJ for Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Email: Ayako.Honda@uct.za, Tel: 27 21 406 6982