Nicola Deghaye

Researcher and PhD Candidate

Nicola Deghaye is enrolled for a PhD at Stellenbosch University, under the co-supervision of Professor Servaas van der Berg and Professor Jill Hanass-Hancock (a disability expert).

Nicola has several years’ experience as a health economist in the areas of HIV and TB, and more recently in the economics of disability. Her previous work in disability economics examined the opportunity and out-of-pocket costs of disability to households in South Africa. This research project, together with her role as Treasurer of a special school in Durban piqued her interest in the economics of inclusive education in South Africa.

Her PhD focuses on measuring enrolment and support for children with disabilities at school-level.

Nicola obtained a Masters in Health Economics from the University of York (United Kingdom) in 2003 and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (cum laude) from the University of Natal in 2000.

Disability Support & Accessibility in Mainstream Schools in South Africa

This report explores the state of inclusive education in South Africa using data from the School Monitoring Survey in 2017 to assess disability support, the…
May 21, 2021 By: Nicola Deghaye PDF

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

The promise of SA-SAMS & DDD data for tracking progression, repetition and drop-out

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2019
This paper analyses the SA-SAMS school administration data that the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation in partnership with the Department of Basic Education collects quarterly…
December 19, 2019 By: Servaas van der Berg, Chris van Wyk, Rebecca Selkirk, Kate Rich, and Nicola Deghaye PDF

These are not luxuries, it is essential for access to life: Disability related out-of pocket costs as a driver of economic vulnerability

  Abstract With the dawn of the new sustainable development goals, we face not only a world that has seen great successes in alleviating poverty…
May 10, 2017 By: Nicola Deghaye, Jill Hanass-Hancock, Siphumelele Nene, Simmi Pillay PDF

Cost-effectiveness of integrated antiretroviral therapy in HIV-tuberculosis co-infected ambulatory patients in South Africa

  Abstract Initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) during tuberculosis (TB) treatment improves survival in TB-HIV coinfected patients. In patients with CD4 counts <50 cells per…
May 10, 2015 By: Nicola Deghaye, Kogieleum Naidoo, Anneke Grobler, Tarylee Reddy, Andrew Gray, Salim Abdool_Karim PDF