Dr. Ghanshyam Gautam is a Health Economist by profession and has over ten years of experience in health policy and planning, financing reforms and social health protection. His key areas of expertise are strategy development, health systems reforms, health financing, social health protection, policy research and costing. Throughout his career, he has provided technical assistance to ministries, international organizations, private organizations, and international donors in the areas of health strategy and planning, health financing, health insurance, and resource tracking and costing.
His career highlights include leading the Post-Disaster Need Assessment (PDNA) for Health Sector from the development partners’ side and his work in Afghanistan as a Health Economist in a USAID-funded Health Sector Resiliency Project.
He is currently employed with HERD International as Health Economist and Planning Advisor and is seconded to the Ministry of Health as part of the National Health Sector Support Programme (NHSSP).
Work undertaken that best illustrates capability to handle the tasks assigned
Health Economist- The Palladium Group, USA: Dr. Gautam provided mentoring and training support Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Afghanistan in health financing, policy processes and economic studies. He extended support in high-level advocacies for increased domestic resources for health, facilitated policy processes on health financing reforms, and supported health systems researches.
Costing Expert-Consultant, World Health Organization, Nepal: His responsibilities included analysing budget and expenditure data in the health sector, identifying resource requirements for costing of National Health Sector Strategy; and projecting the overall cost of implementing strategy over five years’ period (2015- 2020) with low, medium and high case scenarios.
Health Financing Expert, German International Cooperation, Nepal: As an independent consultant, Dr. Gautam extended support in the Health Sector Support Programme. His responsibilities included supporting in preparing the regulatory framework, scheme design and implementation procedure for national health insurance; analysing the current pricing and cost of delivering health services in relation to designing provider payment for health insurance; supervising analytical works towards the production of National Health Accounts; among others.
Technical Expert, NHSSP, Options Consultancy, UK: Dr. Gautam supported in formulating the Nepal Health Sector Strategy (2015/16-2019/20) by contributing in defining outcomes, outputs, target indicators and major interventions for the strategy, supporting in producing implementation plan as per the strategy and analysing expenditure pattern and forecasting financing scenario for the implementation period of the strategy.
Senior Programme Officer- German International Cooperation, Nepal: During this tenure, Dr. Gautam provided technical advice to the Ministry of Health and Population on health financing and social health protection; supported in conducting research studies and reviews, and explored reform options to improve health system performance; and engaged in stakeholder dialogue and consultation for the Health Sector Support Program.