Martina Mchenga

PHD Student

Martina Mchenga, has been a PhD Economics student at Stellenbosch University since January 2016. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences (Economics) Degree in 2011 and she was awarded the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) studentship scholarship to pursue a Master’s of arts degree in Economics with the University of Malawi and Kenya School of Monitory Studies. She finished her Master’s degree in 2014.

The researcher’s main areas of interest are applied micro-econometrics, maternal health, child health, poverty analysis and health economics. In 2013 Martina was awarded the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) Research Training Award to attend the workshop on Ethnicity, Conflict and Inequality in Global Perspective at Brown University, USA. Martina Has a background in health economics and before joining Stellenbosch University she worked as a health economist for a local non-governmental organization in Malawi, whose main area of research focus was community health research. Her job description involved data collection and analysis, designing data collection tools for health economics studies, economic modelling as well as economic evaluation of different health interventions implemented at the community level. Her PhD thesis focuses on vulnerable households and health in Malawi and South Africa based on the evidence from household surveys.

A spatial analysis of out-of-pocket payments for healthcare in Malawi

In this paper, we investigate the existence of geographical correlations in OOP health expenditures by employing a spatial Durbin model on data from 778 clusters…
September 22, 2021 By: Martin Mwale, Martina Mchenga, and Gowokani Chijere Chirwa PDF

Examining the impact of WHO’s Focused Antenatal Care policy on early access, underutilisation and quality of antenatal care services in Malawi: a retrospective study

Mchenga, M., Burger, R. and von Fintel, D., 2019. Examining the impact of WHO’s Focused Antenatal Care policy on early access, underutilisation and quality of…

Impoverishing effects of catastrophic health expenditures in Malawi

  Abstract Out of pocket (OOP) health spending can potentially expose households to risk of incurring large medical bills, and this may impact on their…
May 10, 2017 By: Martina Mchenga, Gowokani Chirwa, Levison Chiwaula PDF