Using data envelopment analysis to measure the technical efficiency of public health centres in Kenya

Joses M. Kirigia*, Ali Emrouznejad, Luis G. Sambo, Nzoya Munguti, William Liambila

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Abstract

Data envelopment analysis has been widely used to analyse the efficiency of the health sector in developed countries since 1978 while in Africa only a few studies have attempted to apply DEA in the health organisations. In this paper, we measure technical efficiency of public health centres in Kenya. Our finding suggests that 44% of public health centres are inefficient. Therefore, the objectives of this study are to determine the degree of technical efficiency of individual primary healthcare facilities in Kenya; to recommend the performance targets for inefficient facilities; to estimate the magnitudes of excess inputs; and to recommend what should be done with those excess inputs. The authors believe that these kinds of studies should be undertaken in other countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region with a view to empowering Ministries of Health to play their stewardship role more effectively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEfficiency of Health System Units in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationA Data Envelopment Analysis
Pages171-184
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789966792426
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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    Kirigia, J. M., Emrouznejad, A., Sambo, L. G., Munguti, N., & Liambila, W. (2013). Using data envelopment analysis to measure the technical efficiency of public health centres in Kenya. In Efficiency of Health System Units in Africa: A Data Envelopment Analysis (pp. 171-184)