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Yoko Laurence

MSc

Research Fellow
in Health Economics

Yoko has a BFA (hons) in Theatre and Mathematics. She worked as an actuarial analyst at a US consultancy for 4 years before getting her MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing at LSHTM in 2006.

She then returned to Trinidad and Tobago, where she taught mathematics at secondary and undergraduate level for 1 year then moved on to teaching biostatistics and health policy for an additional 4 years at the national university (Masters in Health Administration programme). 

Affiliations

Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Centres

Health and Social Change (ECOHOST)
Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
Tuberculosis (TB) Centre

Research

Yoko’s research career began in 2003 as Trend Supervisor responsible for producing the quarterly Automobile Actuarial Trend reports, which included the economic impact of societal trends and changes on automobile insurance in the US.

For her masters Yoko did a review of the social prevention programmes for HIV in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries. While working in Trinidad and Tobago, her research projects included a case study of the integration of HIV and AIDS services into maternal, newborn and child health services; an evaluation of the national health system’s response to HIV, AIDS and STIs; and a Health Needs Assessment of Tobago.

Her PhD will determine the cost-effectiveness of alternative strategies for screening and managing patients with concurrent tuberculosis and diabetes mellitus in Indonesia, Peru and Romania. It is part of the EU funded TANDEM project: Concurrent Tuberculosis and Diabetes Mellitus; unravelling the causal link and improving care. 

Research Area
Decision analysis
Economic evaluation
Health care financing
Health outcomes
Systematic reviews
Vaccines
Modelling
Discipline
Mathematics
Statistics
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Tuberculosis
Cervical cancer
Diabetes
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Country
Barbados
Indonesia
St. Kitts and Nevis
Peru
Romania
Trinidad and Tobago
South Africa
Region
Caribbean small states
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
World