A/Prof Edina Sinanovic

Edina Sinanovic

Assoc Professor Edina Sinanovic

Dept. of Public Health & Family Medicine
TitleAssoc Professor
NameEdina Sinanovic
Work Telephone021 406 6558
Primary Email
DepartmentDept. of Public Health & Family Medicine
Other AffiliationsHealth Economics Unit


Associate Professor Edina Sinanovic is Director of the Health Economics Unit and Head of the Health Economics Division at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT). She has 19 years of research and teaching experience. Her research has encompassed economic evaluation of health care interventions, economic considerations in vaccination, and scaling up health interventions. Current research focuses on the evaluation of cost-effectiveness of alternative diagnostic and treatment interventions for TB and HIV, and new vaccine candidates. She has extensive teaching and student supervision experience. Prof Sinanovic is an executive member of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) of South Africa, with a focus on research and education. She has served as a member of the WHO Immunization and Vaccines related Implementation Research Advisory Committee.

Cunnama, L., Sinanovic, E., Ramma, L., Foster, N., Berrie, L., Stevens, W., Molapo, S., Marokane, P., McCarthy, K., Churchyard, G., & Vassall, A. (2016). Using top-down and bottom-up costing approaches in LMICs: the case for using both to assess the incremental costs of new technologies at scale. Health Economics, 25(Suppl 1), 53-66. doi:10.1002/hec.3295. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hec.3295

Kastien-Hilka, T., Abulfathi, A., Rosenkranz, B., Bennett, B., Schwenkglenks, M., & Sinanovic, E. (2016). Health-related quality of life and its association with medication adherence in active pulmonary Tuberculosis - A Systematic Review of global literature with focus on South Africa. Health And Quality Of Life Outcomes, 14, 42. doi:10.1186/s12955-016-0442-6. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12955-016-0442-6

Kastien-Hilka, T., Rosenkranz, B., Bennett, B., Sinanovic, E., & Schwenkglenks, M. (2016). How to Evaluate Health-Related Quality of Life and Its Association with Medication Adherence in Pulmonary Tuberculosis - Designing a Prospective Observational Study in South Africa. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 7, 125. doi:10.3389/fphar.2016.00125. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2016.00125

Lince-Deroche, N., Pleaner, M., Harries, J., Morroni, C., Mullick, S., Firnhaber, C., Mulongo, M., Holele, P., & Sinanovic, E. (2016). Achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health services: The potential and pitfalls for contraceptive services in South Africa. South African Health Review, 2016, 95-108.

Schnippel, K., Berhanu, R. H., Black, A., Firnhaber, C., Maitisa, N., Evans, D., & Sinanovic, E. (2016). Severe adverse events during second-line tuberculosis treatment in the context of high HIV Co-infection in South Africa: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Infectious Diseases, 16, 593. doi:10.1186/s12879-016-1933-0. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12879-016-1933-0

Churchyard, G. J., Stevens, W., Mametja, L., McCarthy, K., Chihota, V., Nicol, M., Erasmus, L., Ndjeka, N., Mvusi, L., Vassall, A., Sinanovic, E., Cox, H., Dye, C., Grant, A. D., & Fielding, K. L. (2015). Xpert MTB/RIF replacing sputum microscopy: A trial embedded in South African roll-out. The Lancet Global Heath, 3(8), e450-e457.

Cox, H., Ramma, L., Wilkinson, L., De Azevedo, V., & Sinanovic, E. (2015). Cost per patient of treatment for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis in a community-based program in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 20(10), 1337-1345. doi:10.1111/tmi.12544. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tmi.12544

Foster, N., Vassall, A., Cleary, S., Cunnama, L., Ramma, L., Churchyard, G., & Sinanovic, E. (2015). The economic burden of TB diagnosis and treatment in South Africa. Social Science & Medicine, 130, 42-50. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.01.046. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.01.046

Lince-Deroche, N., Constant, D., Harries, J., Blanchard, K., Sinanovic, E., & Grossman, D. (2015). The costs of accessing abortion in South Africa: women’s costs associated with second-trimester abortion services in Western Cape Province. Contraception, 92, 339-344.

Ramma, L., Cox, H., Wilkinson, L., Ashmore, J., Foster, N., Cunnama, L., Vassall, A., & Sinanovic, E. (2015). Patient's costs associated with assessing treatment for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 19(12), 1513-1519.

Sinanovic, E., Ramma, L., Vassall, A., Azevedo, V., Wilkinson, L., Ndjeka, N., McCarthy, K., Churchyard, G., & Cox, H. (2015). Potential impact of reduced hospitalisation on the cost of treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 19(2), 172-178.

Channing, L., & Sinanovic, E. (2014). Modelling the cost-effectiveness of a new infant vaccine to prevent tuberculosis disease in children in South Africa. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, 12(20).

Holland, D., & Sinanovic, E. (2013). (editorial) Shorter drug regimens for tuberculosis: The multiple applications of decision models. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 17(5), 569. doi:10.5588/ijtld.13.0204. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.5588/ijtld.13.0204

Mandalakas, A. M., Hesseling, A. C., Gie, R. P., Schaaf, H. S., Marais, B. J., Beyers, N., & Sinanovic, E. (2013). Modelling the cost-effectiveness of strategies to prevent tuberculosis in child contacts in a high-burden setting. Thorax, 68(3), 247-255.

Rustomjee, R., Mcleod, R., Hanekom, W., Mahomed, H., Hawkridge, A., Welte, A., Sinanovic, E., Shea, J., Steel, G., Hesseling, A. C., Sanne, I., Grobler, A., Loots, G., Mvusi, L., Gray, G., Ginsberg, A., Lienhardt, C., Tong, X., Lockhart, S., & Churchyard, G. (2012). Key issues in the clinical development and implementation of TB vaccines in South Africa. Tuberculosis, 92, 359-364.

Crede, S., Sinanovic, E., Adnams, C., & London, L. (2011). The utilization of health care services by children with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in the Western Cape, South Africa. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 115, 175-182. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.10.019. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.10.019

Jit, M., Demarteau, N., Elbasha, E., Ginsberg, G., Kim, J., Praditsitthikorn, N., Sinanovic, E., & Hutubessy, R. (2011). Human papillomavirus vaccine introduction in low and middle income countries: guidance on the use of cost-effectiveness models. BMC Medicine, 9, 54.

Mann, G. H., Thomson, R., Jin, C., Phiri, M., Vater, M. C., Sinanovic, E., & Squire, S. B. (2011). The role of health economics in implementation research for health systems strengthening. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 15(6), 715-721. doi:doi: 10.5588/ijtld.10.0749.. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/doi: 10.5588/ijtld.10.0749.

Sinanovic, E., & Kumaranayake, L. (2010). The motivations for participation in public–private partnerships for the provision of tuberculosis treatment in South Africa. Global Public Health, 5(5), 479-492. doi:10.1080/17441690902942498. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441690902942498

Harries, J., Moodley, J., Barone, M. A., Mall, S., & Sinanovic, E. (2009). Preparing for HPV vaccination in South Africa: Key challenges and opinions. Vaccine, 27(1), 38-44. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.10.033. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.10.033

Sinanovic, E., Moodley, J., Barone, M. A., Mall, S., Cleary, S., & Harries, J. (2009). The potential cost-effectiveness of adding a human papillomavirus vaccine to the cervical cancer screening programme in South Africa. Vaccine, 27(44), 6196-6202. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.08.004. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.08.004

Stevens, M., Sinanovic, E., Regensberg, L., & Hislop, M. (2007). HIV and AIDS, STI and TB in the Private Sector. South African Health Review, 2007, 201-211.

Hausler, H., Sinanovic, E., Kumaranayake, L., Naidoo, P., Schoeman, H., Karpakis, B., & Godfrey-Faussett, P. (2006). Costs of measures to control TB/HIV in public primary care facilities in Cape Town, South Africa. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 84(7), 528-536.

Sinanovic, E., & Kumaranayake, L. (2006). Financing and cost-effectiveness analysis of public-private partnerships: Provision of tuberculosis treatment in South Africa. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, 4(11). doi:10.1186/1478-7547-4-11. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1478-7547-4-11

Sinanovic, E., & Kumaranayake, L. (2006). Quality of tuberculosis care provided in different models of public-private partnerships in South Africa. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 10(7), 795-801.

Sinanovic, E., & Kumaranayake, L. (2006). Sharing the burden of TB/HIV? Costs and financing of public private partnerships for tuberculosis treatment in South Africa. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 11(9), 1466-1474.

Dalvie , M. A., Sinanovic , E., London, L., Cairncross, E., Solomon, A., & Adam, H. (2005). Cost analysis of ELISA, solid phase extraction and solid phase micro-extraction for monitoring pesticides in water. Environmental Research, 98(1), 143-150.

Sinanovic, E., Mbatsha, S., Gundry, S., Wright, J., & Rehnberg, C. (2005). Water and sanitation policies for improving health in South Africa: Overcoming the institutional legacy of apartheid. Water Policy, 7(6), 627-642.

Mills, A., Palmer, N., Gilson, L., McIntyre, D., Schneider, H., Sinanovic, E., & Wadee, H. (2004). The performance of different models of primary care provision in Southern Africa. Social Science and Medicine, 59(5), 931-943. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2003.12.015. Full text: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2003.12.015

Sinanovic, E., Floyd, K., Dudley, L., Azevedo, V., Grant, R., & Maher, D. (2003). Cost and cost-effectiveness of community based care for tuberculosis patients in Cape Town, South Africa. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 7(9), S56-S62.