In 2015, a HITAP International Unit (HIU) survey identified the major challenges (both contextual and technical) to the conduct of rigorous economic evaluations for policymakers’ use in healthcare decision making.
• From this study, HITAP created an online platform called the Guide to health Economic Analysis and Research (GEAR) Resource – also referred to as the GEAR Guide or GEAR – that aims to respond to the short- and long-term needs of economic evaluation researchers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
• The GEAR Guide provides visual mapping of solutions to the challenges that LMIC researchers face based on current economic evaluations methods. national and international guidelines, a gateway to contact experts and other researchers in the field as well as possible research questions that respond to these challenges.
• The GEAR Guide’s reach should spread to create a sustainable, growing platform that will continuously address LMIC researchers’ needs with up-to-date information.