Ideas Lab


New partnership with Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium

On the 1st of February, 2017, Shamseya signed a master’s thesis agreement with the University of Hasselt (UHasselt), Limburg, Belgium. The agreement entails that Shumirai Mushangwe, student at the UHasselt Center for Statistics (CenStat), works with Shamseya on The Community Monitor for Health Service Quality (www.MostashfaMeter.com) . Shumirai will be contributing to the project by […]


Launch of the report on Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials in Egypt

Together with research partners from Switzerland, the Netherlands and Egypt, Shamseya has launched its report on Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials in Egypt.

This report studies the conduct of these trials in Egypt, sheds the light on some of the short-comings that were identified and proposes recommendations for the different stakeholders.


Blueprint of a Participatory Healthcare System

At Shamseya we are seeking the gradual implementation of a deep, community-rooted, dynamic system that accounts for the scarce resources and available infrastructure, is custom-designed and managed by communities, possesses the flexibility to adapt to each communities’ preferences and needs, insures choice of providers, guarantees work sustainability, pushes towards accountability […]


The role of the Market and the social sectors

It has been widely agreed upon that healthcare systems left to function according to market forces alone do not result in socially optimal quantity, quality or distribution of healthcare. J.F. Outreville, The health insurance sector: Market segmentation & international trade in health services Yet, in this proposed scheme, the private […]


Social Re-insurance

Sometimes, the risks that an insurance (or micro-insurance) scheme has to deal with become too large to be assumed through one entity. In addition, if micro-insurance schemes group people with different income levels and risk profiles under one pool, it is expected that there will be different micro-insurance units with […]


The role of the Government

The main building blocks of this proposed healthcare system rest on the notion that even poor households can and do pay for healthcare, and that their community can generate income to cover the recurrent costs of basic health units, to complement or replace weak public institutions. This means a major […]


Community Micro-insurance

Micro-insurance schemes are programs and institutions that adapt traditional insurance mechanisms (pre-payment, risk-pooling and coverage guarantees) to the informal sector, providing services to beneficiaries that are commonly excluded from formal insurance. E. Morelli, G.A. Onnis, W.L. Ammann, C. Sutter (Eds), Micro insurance – An Innovative tool for risk and disaster […]


Preferred-Provider Networks and Health Cooperatives (health co-ops)

Preferred-Provider Organizations (PPOs) are a variant of health service coverage that is largely used in the western world. They are usually privately run organizations that group individuals under a list of preferred providers and can therefore provide better prices for its members with the option of using services outside of […]


Attempts of healthcare system reform in Egypt

The Egyptian healthcare system went through repeated attempts of reforms over the past three decades. Stagnant politics and a very centralized decision making process lead to the fact that none of the attempted reform efforts ended rewardingly. In 1997, the government of Egypt launched the Health Sector Reform Program (HSRP), […]