Applied Health, Equity and Development Research Network (AHEAD)


The Applied Health, Equity and Development Research Network (AHEAD) unites researchers in various research disciplines (economics, epidemiology, public health, sociology of health…) from both developed and developing countries on current topics relating to equity, health and development.

Ahead Meeting

The network seeks to identify, in a multidisciplinary way, the determinants of health, health inequality and wellbeing in developing countries with a particular focus on the Middle East and North African Region (MENA) and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It was created at the beginning of 2015 as part of the SANTEMED project (grant n° ANR-11-IDEX-0001-02) financed by the University Foundation Aix-Marseille Initiative of Excellence (A*MIDEX ).

AHEAD aims to facilitate scientific exchange between researchers and to help pool together existing knowledge on questions relating to health and development. It aims to specifically extend the analysis of health inequality and wellbeing in MENA and SSA countries. Questions relating to the measurement and evaluation of these inequalities are explored through several transversal research themes:

  • The measurement of health inequalities and wellbeing
    • The measurement of equity in access to health and financing
    • The impact of inequalities in wellbeing on human development
    • The evaluation of the feasibility of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in developing countries
    • The evaluation of intergenerational effects of universal healthcare coverage on wellbeing.



Mohammad Abu-Zaineh

Mohammad Abu-Zaineh is the coordinator of the AHEAD Network ( He holds the INSERM-AMU Chair of Excellence in Health Economics and Policy (since 2013). He is also a research fellow at Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE) and SESSTIM (UMR 912). He is the Laureate of the SANTEMED project financed by the University foundation A*Midex and the HEALTHCOV project financed by Campus France. Prior to this, he was a research fellow at INSERM-SESSTIM,France. During this period, he was the lead of the ANR funded project, «INEGSANTE (Les Suds, Aujourd’hui II): Tackling Inequalities in Health and Access to Healthcare in the Middle East and North African Countries: Challenges of Measurement and Explanation

Dr. Abu-Zaineh holds a Ph.D. in Economics Sciences from Aix-Marseille University, France. His areas of expertise include research on the measurement of social justice and socio-economic inequality; the economic evaluation of public policies; micro-econometrics as well as health care financing and health insurance.

In addition to his active participation in several international conferences and workshops, he has published in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals including: Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, The Lancet, Health Policy and Planning, Health Policy, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, and Research on Economic Inequality.


Woode, M. E., Abu-Zaineh, M., Perriens, J., Renaud, F., Wiktor, S. & Moatti, J-P. “Potential Market Size and Impact of Hepatitis C Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries”. Journal of Viral Hepatitis. DOI: 10.1111/jvh.12516

Bousmah, M., Ventelou, B. and Abu-Zaineh, M.. “Medicines and Democracy: The Importance of Institutional Quality in the Relationship between Health Expenditure and Health Outcomes in the MENA Region”.

Woode, M. E. and Abu-Zaineh, M.. “A Cross-Country Analysis of Gender Dispartities in Early Childhood Deprivation”. AHEAD Working Paper No. 03/2015.

Abu-Zaineh, M. and Woode, M. E.. “Investigating the Dimensions of Youth Wellbeing: An Exploratory Structural Equation Modelling Approach Applied to Palestine”. AHEAD Working Paper No. 02/2015.

Arrighi Y., Abu-Zaineh M., & Ventelou B. (2015). “To count or not to count deaths: Reranking effects in health distribution evaluation”. Health Economics, 24 (2) : 193-205.

Abu-Zaineh, M.,Woode, M. E., Giacaman, R. & Moatti, J-P (2015). “Youth Well-being through the Lens of Senian Capability Approach: Insights from the Occupied Palestinian Territories”. Forthcoming

Makhloufi K., Ventelou, B., & Abu-Zaineh, M. (2015). “Have health insurance reforms in Tunisia attained their intended objective?”. International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 15(1), 29-51.

Abu-Zaineh, M., & Abul Naga, R. H. (2014). “Wealth, Health, and the Measurement of Multidimensional Inequality: Evidence from the Middle East and North Africa”. In Pedro Rosa Dias , Owen O’Donnell (ed.) Health and Inequality, Research on Economic Inequality, 21, 421-39.

Abu-Zaineh M., Arfa C., Ventelou B., Ben Romdhane H. & Moatti JP. (2014). “Fairness in healthcare finance and delivery: what about Tunisia?”. Health Policy and Planning, 29 (4):433-442.

Kankeu H.T., Boyer S. Fodjo R.T. & Abu-Zaineh M. (2014). “How do supply-side factors influence informal payments for health care: The case of HIV-patients in Cameroon.”. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1002/hpm.2266

Abu-Zaineh M., Ben Romdhane H., Ventelou B., Moatti J-P. & Arfa C. (2013). “Appraising financial protection in health: the case of Tunisia”. International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, 13(1):73-93.

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Moatti J-P & Ventelou B. (2011). “Measuring and decomposing socioeconomic inequality in health care delivery: A Micro-simulation approach with application to the Palestinian conflict-affected fragile setting”. Social Science and Medicine, 72 (2), 133-141.

Boyer S., Abu-Zaineh M., Blanche J., Loubière S., Bonono R-C., Moatti J-P, & Ventelou B. (2011). “Does HIV-services decentralization protect against the risk of catastrophic health expenditures? Some lessons from Cameroon. “. Health Services Research, 46 (6.2), 2029-56.

Mataria A., Raad F., Abu-Zaineh M., & Donaldson C. (2010). “Catastrophic healthcare payments and impoverishment in the occupied Palestinian territory”. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 8 (6), 393-405.

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Luchini S., & Moatti J-P.(2009). “Equity in health care finance in Palestine: the triple effects revealed “. Journal of Health Economics, 28 (6), 1071-80.

Abu-Zaineh M., Mataria A., Luchini S., & Moatti J-P. (2008). “Equity in health care financing: the value-added of the disaggregate approach “. Social Science and Medicine, 66(11), 2308-20.

Abu-Zaineh, Mohammad (2013). “Gender-Based Analysis of Public Health Sector Services: A Beneficiary-Based Study”. MIFTAH publication (2013): The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy

Abu-Zaineh, Mohammad. “Contribution to the Analysis of Health Equity: Measurement and Explanation of Inequality in the Health Care Sector in the Context of Developing Countries: the Palestinian Case”.
Vdm Verlag, Berlin, Germany. (October 2, 2009) ) ISBN: 978-3-639-19599-6