Prof. Don De Savigny


Prof. Don de Savigny, MSc, PhD is an epidemiologist and public health specialist currently leading the Health Systems and Policies Research Group at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel. He has an MSc from the University of Guelph and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has over 40 years of experience in conducting and facilitating health research in developing countries and has lived and worked for many years in Africa. He chairs or is a member of a number of WHO and Global Fund advisory committees. His current research focuses on interventions to strengthen health systems in developing countries, and on the health system effects of Global Health Initiatives.

  • • de Savigny D and Adam, T. (2009). Systems Thinking for Health Systems Strengthening. WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. Geneva.
  • • Adam T, de Savigny D. (2012). Systems thinking for strengthening health systems in LMICs: need for a paradigm shift. Health Policy Plan 2012, 27: iv1-iv3.
  • • de Savigny D, Webster J, Agyepong IA, Mwita A, Bart-Plange C, Baffoe-Wilmot A et al. (2012). Introducing vouchers for malaria prevention in Ghana and Tanzania: context and adoption of innovation in health systems. Health Policy Plan 2012, 27: iv32-iv43.
  • • Adam T, Hsu J, de Savigny D, Lavis JN, Rottingen JA, Bennett S. (2012). Evaluating health systems strengthening interventions in low-income and middle-income countries: are we asking the right questions? Health Policy Plan 2012, 27: iv9-iv19.
  • • de Savigny D, Blanchet K, and Adam T. (eds) Applied Systems Thinking for Health Systems Research: A Methodological Handbook. Open University Press, London. 2017


  • Health Systems and Policy Research Group, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute