About IVAC: The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life-saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence-based policies. The work of IVAC focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics and financing, monitoring and evaluation of vaccine introduction and centers programs, and advocacy and communications activities to increase the profile of and global action on vaccine-preventable disease.
About PROJECT: The Decade of Vaccine Economics (DOVE) IV project involves collecting primary data in 2 low-and middle-income countries on the costs of illness for vaccine-preventable diseases. Part of the DOVE IV project scope involves conducting a systematic literature review on empirical cost-of-illness studies in low- and middle-income countries.
The main purpose of this literature review is to examine studies that have collected, rather than modeled, the costs of illness for vaccine-preventable diseases in low- and middle-income countries. Specifically, we will examine the methodologies used and analyze the data available by disease, country, and cost component. We will seek costs for transportation to seek healthcare and costs of diagnosis and medications. We will also seek data on costs of care at private facilities and the informal sector.
Position summary: We are looking for individuals with a background in vaccines and/or health economics who are willing to learn how to conduct a systematic review/literature search. The work will mostly be done independently with frequent communication via email, phone, or in person. The position will begin in January 2017 with opportunity to work for up to 40 hours per week. RA's will be working with a small team of people to abstract costs and relevant methodologies that are reported in the literature to create a cost of illness database for vaccine preventable diseases. The literature search will involve data screening and data abstraction using Distiller SR and will require detailed dissection of articles to record various costs collected by category, including medication costs, transportation costs, productivity losses, etc. The RA may assist in drafting summaries and putting supporting documents.
This position offers a potential opportunity for co-authorship in a published journal depending on the RA's contributions.