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Anja Smith

Researcher

Anja completed her MA (Economics) degree cum laude in 2004. Following eight years as economic consultant in micro-financial services (micro-insurance, micro-credit, financial education) for the poor, she returned to academic life in 2012. Anja is a full-time researcher at RESEP and enrolled for her PhD at the Department of Economics in 2013. Her PhD dissertation focuses on the provision of private health financing and services for lower income South Africans. Anja views good health systems, both financing and delivery, as a key pillar of a country’s development architecture. She remains a director of the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri).

 

April 22, 2021 in Anja Smith, Authors, Carmen Sue Christian, Dumisani Hompashe, Focus Areas, Health, Health - Publications, Journal Articles, Publications, Research Outputs, Ronelle Burger

‘The nurse did not even greet me’: how informed versus non-informed patients evaluate health systems responsiveness in South Africa

This paper investigates the role of non-clinical dimensions of care in patient satisfaction.
April 22, 2021 By: Dumisani Hompashe, Ulf Gerdtham, Carmen Christian, Anja Smith, & Ronelle Burger PDF
September 11, 2020 in Anja Smith, Authors, Focus Areas, Health, Health - Reports & Policy, Nicola Deghaye, Policy Briefs, Reports, Research Outputs, Ronelle Burger

Examining the unintended consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on public sector health facility visits: The first 150 days

This paper considers how access to public sector healthcare in South Africa have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic using three sources of evidence: the…
September 11, 2020 By: Ronelle Burger, Candy Day, Nicola Deghaye, Lungiswa Nkonki, Russell Rensburg, Anja Smith, and Cari van Schalkwyk PDF
November 14, 2019 in Anja Smith, Carmen Sue Christian, Dumisani Hompashe, Health, Health - Reports & Policy, Health 2020, Journal Articles, Publications, Research Outputs, Ronelle Burger

Use of simulated patients to assess hypertension case management at public healthcare facilities in South Africa

Burger, R., Christian, C.S., Gerdtham, U.G., Haal, K., Hompashe, D.M., Smith, A. and Schutte, A.E., 2019. Use of simulated patients to assess hypertension case management…
November 14, 2019 By: Anja Smith, Carmen Sue Christian, Dumisani Hompashe, Ronelle BurgerUlf Gerdtham, K. Haal, Alte Schutte PDF
March 29, 2019 in Anja Smith, Health, Health - Reports & Policy, Health 2019, Journal Articles, Publications, Research Outputs, Ronelle Burger

Demand-Side Causes and Covariates of Late Antenatal Care Access in Cape Town, South Africa

Smith, A., Burger, R. and Black, V., 2019. Demand-Side Causes and Covariates of Late Antenatal Care Access in Cape Town, South Africa. Maternal and child health…
March 29, 2019 By: Anja Smith, Ronelle Burger, Vivian Black PDF
September 6, 2018 in Anja Smith, Carmen Sue Christian, Dumisani Hompashe, Health, Health - Reports & Policy, Health 2018, Journal Articles, Publications, Ronelle Burger

Measuring Quality Gaps in TB Screening in South Africa Using Standardised Patient Analysis

Christian, C., Gerdtham, U.G., Hompashe, D., Smith, A. and Burger, R., 2018. Measuring quality gaps in TB screening in South Africa using standardised patient analysis.…
April 29, 2018 in Anja Smith, Health, Health - Reports & Policy, Health 2018, Journal Articles, Publications, Research Outputs

The rise and fall of mortality inequality in South Africa in the HIV era

Haal, K., Smith, A. and van Doorslaer, E., 2018. The rise and fall of mortality inequality in South Africa in the HIV era. SSM-population health, 5, pp.239-248.
April 29, 2018 By: Anja Smith, Karel Haal, Eddy van Doorslaer PDF
April 29, 2018 in Anja Smith, Health, Health - Reports & Policy, Health 2018, Journal Articles, Publications, Research Outputs

Human resources for health planning and National Health Insurance: the urgency and the opportunity

Smith, A., Ranchod, S., Strugnell, D. and Wishnia, J., 2018. Human resources for health planning and National Health Insurance: the urgency and the opportunity. South African…
April 29, 2018 By: Anja Smith, Shivani Ranchod, Dave Strugnell, Jodi Wishnia PDF
April 29, 2017 in Anja Smith, Health, Health - Publications, Health 2017, Journal Articles, Publications, Research Outputs

A comparable yardstick: adjusting for education bias in South African health system responsiveness ratings

  Abstract Health-system responsiveness (HSR) measures the experience of health-system users in terms of the non-clinical aspects of the health system. This has been operationalized…
April 29, 2017 By: Anja Smith, Laura Rossouw PDF
April 29, 2017 in Anja Smith, Chloé van Biljon, Health, Health - Publications, Health 2017, Journal Articles, Publications, Research Outputs, Ronelle Burger

South Africa’s hospital sector: old divisions and new developments

  Abstract The hospital sector in South Africa mirrors deep inequalities in the country as a whole. The private, for-profit hospital sector is well resourced…
April 29, 2017 By: Anja Smith, Chloé van Biljon, Ronelle Burger, Shivani Ranchod, Cheryl Adams, Angeliki Carvounes, Kathryn Dreyer, Jacqui Stewart PDF
April 29, 2016 in Anja Smith, Health, Health - Publications, Journal Articles, Publications, Research Outputs

Gender bias may contribute to missed TB cases in South Africa

  Abstract Eight communities with high tuberculosis (TB) prevalence, Western Cape, South Africa. Our objective was to identify sex differences in TB health-seeking behaviour and…
April 29, 2016 By: Anja Smith, Ronelle Burger, M. Claasens, Helen Ayles, P. Godfrey-Faussett, N. Beyers PDF
April 29, 2016 in Anja Smith, Health, Health - Publications, Journal Articles, Publications, Research Outputs, Ronelle Burger

Strengthening the measurement of quality of public health care

  Abstract There is growing recognition that access to healthcare facilities is unlikely to improve health outcomes if the quality of the care provided at…
April 29, 2016 By: Anja Smith, Ronelle Burger, Laura Rossouw, Shivani Ranchod PDF