André Zida is a health economist with more than eight years of experience in health financing, including the implementation of the National Health Accounts in Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Benin, and Cote d’Ivoire, and the use of health financing data to inform policy- and decision-making. André was actively involved in the development of the new framework for the System of Health Accounts (SHA) 2011 and he tested the new SHA 2011 framework for the African region.
He has served as the Chief of the Department of National Health Accounts and Health Financing in Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Health. Some highlights of his past work include leading the development of Burkina Faso’s National Development Plan for Health, the design of a national database to track expenditures for over 13,000 activities in Burkina Faso, and the development of a National Health Accounts data analysis tool and accompanying guide for the WHO. He was the focal point of the project “Supporting the Use of Research Evidence in African Health Systems” (SURE) and he is currently the head of rapid-response service providing research evidence for urgent decision-making in Burkina Faso’s health system.
André currently holds two Masters degrees, one in economics and another in hospital administration and health services. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Health Policy from Makerere University in Uganda and McMaster University in Canada. His studies have been supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) International Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Health Policies and Systems, jointly held by Nelson Sewankambo (Makerere University) and John Lavis (McMaster University).