Mr David Bath

Research Fellow in Health Economics

United Kingdom

I joined the Department of Global Health and Development as a Research Fellow in Health Economics in January 2015, after completing an MSc in Public Health at LSHTM. I also have a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a BA in Political Science from The University of Western Australia.

Prior to LSHTM, I worked in health consulting in Australia, advising on large-scale health system reform and health infrastructure projects.


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


Malaria Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre


I am a seminar leader on the Term 2 module Economic Evaluation, having previously taught for many years on the Economic Evaluation distance learning module. I have also been a seminar leader on the Term 1 module Introduction to Health Economics and lectured on the Epidemiology and Control of Malaria module.

I am a personal tutor and summer project supervisor for students on the MSc Public Health.


My primary research focuses on applied economic evaluations of malaria control interventions. I am currently the health economist on the SMC Impact project, modelling the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of adding an additional month of seasonal malaria chemoprevention and/or increasing SMC to older children (5-10 years), in areas of seasonal malaria transmission in Guinea, Mali, and Niger. I am also part of the Resiliance Against Future Threats through Vector Control (RAFT) project, developing methods to improve economic evaluations of vector control interventions and assist decision-makers in making choices about intervention packages across heterogeneous geography/populations to maximise the health impact of scarce health resources.

Other recent projects include cost-effectiveness modelling of the introduction of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in the private retail sector in sub-Saharan Africa, and economic evaluations alongside: a cluster-randomised trial of reactive malaria case detection in Cambodia, a cluster-randomised trial of a novel long-lasting insecticidal net against malaria in Tanzania, and a cluster-randomised non-inferiority trial of targeted malaria vector control in South Africa. I was also the health economist on the PERFORM study, a large EU Horizon 2020 project across 12 sites in 8 countries, evaluating the cost-effectiveness of a new diagnostic test to improve management of febrile illness in children.
Research Area
Economic evaluation
Health economics
Child health
Health care financing
Drug resistance
Vector control
Decision analysis
Maternal health
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious diseases
South Africa
United Kingdom
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
European Union
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Donor aid mentioning newborns and stillbirths, 2002-19: an analysis of levels, trends, and equity.
KUMAR, MB; BATH, D; Binyaruka, P; Novignon, J; LAWN, JE; PITT, C;
The Lancet Global health
Equity of donor aid flows for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health: A comparison between donors and over time
PITT, C; BATH, D; Littlefield, A; Binyaruka, P; Behazin, P; Martinez-Alvarez, M; BORGHI, J;
International Health Economics Association Congress
Impact of infection on proteome-wide glycosylation revealed by distinct signatures for bacterial and viral pathogens.
Willems, E; Gloerich, J; Suppers, A; Van der Flier, M; Van den Heuvel, LP; Van de Kar, N; Philipsen, RH L A; Van Dael, M; Kaforou, M; Wright, VJ; Herberg, JA; Torres, FM; Levin, M; De Groot, R; Van Gool, AJ; Lefeber, DJ; Wessels, HJ C T; De Jonge, MI; PERFORM consortium,;
Investigating point-of-care diagnostics for sexually transmitted infections and antimicrobial resistance in antenatal care in Zimbabwe (IPSAZ): protocol for a mixed-methods study.
MARTIN, K; DZIVA CHIKWARI, C; Dauya, E; MACKWORTH-YOUNG, CR S; BATH, D; TUCKER, J; SIMMS, V; Bandason, T; Ndowa, F; Katsidzira, L; Mugurungi, O; Machiha, A; MARKS, M; KRANZER, K; FERRAND, R;
BMJ open
Availability and use of rapid diagnostic tests for the management of acute childhood infections in Europe: A cross-sectional survey of paediatricians.
DEWEZ, JE; PEMBREY, L; Nijman, RG; Del Torso, S; Grossman, Z; Hadjipanayis, A; Van Esso, D; Lim, E; Emonts, M; Burns, J; Gras-LeGuen, C; Kohlfuerst, D; Dornbusch, HJ; Brengel-Pesce, K; Mallet, F; Von Both, U; Tsolia, M; Eleftheriou, I; Zavadska, D; De Groot, R; Van der Flier, M; Moll, H; Hagedoorn, N; Borensztajn, D; Oostenbrink, R; ... YEUNG, S.
PloS One
Falling aid for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in the lead-up to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BMJ global health
Impact of a clinical decision rule on antibiotic prescription for children with suspected lower respiratory tract infections presenting to European emergency departments: a simulation study based on routine data.
Hagedoorn, NN; Wagenaar, JH L; Nieboer, D; BATH, D; Von Both, U; Carrol, ED; Eleftheriou, I; Emonts, M; Van Der Flier, M; De Groot, R; Herberg, J; Kohlmaier, B; Levin, M; Lim, E; Maconochie, I; Martinon-Torres, F; Nijman, R; Pokorn, M; Rivero Calle, I; Tsolia, M; YEUNG, S; Zavadska, D; Zenz, W; Vermont, CL; Oostenbrink, R; ... PERFORM consortium,
The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy
Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of reactive, targeted indoor residual spraying for malaria control in low-transmission settings: a cluster-randomised, non-inferiority trial in South Africa.
BATH, D; COOK, J; Govere, J; Mathebula, P; Morris, N; Hlongwana, K; Raman, J; Seocharan, I; Zitha, A; Zitha, M; Mabuza, A; Mbokazi, F; Machaba, E; Mabunda, E; Jamesboy, E; BIGGS, J; DRAKELEY, C; Moonasar, D; Maharaj, R; Coetzee, M; PITT, C; KLEINSCHMIDT, I;
Economic evaluation of targeted indoor residual spraying (IRS) vs. generalised IRS in South Africa
Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Pan-African Congress
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