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).
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.