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Dr Melisa Martinez-Alvarez

BSc MSc PhD

Assistant Professor

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0) 207 927 2531

I joined The School in 2008 after working for the NGO sector. I have a BSc in Biology from Imperial College London, an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases and a PhD in Health Systems Economics from the LSHTM. I have worked on projects on the application of macro-economics to health and the economics of globalization and health (focusing on India and Europe) before undertaking a PhD exploring the effectiveness of Development Assistance for Health in Tanzania. For my PhD work I used a political economy framework and mixed methods to study the effect of development assistance for health in the health sector in Tanzania.

Affiliations

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

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Teaching

I am a seminar leader for the Introduction to Health Economics module. I also supervise MSc summer projects on health financing topics in low- and middle-income countries.

Research

My research interests lie in health financing in low- and middle-income countries, including from the supply side (including government expenditure on health, public financial management and external resources for health), the demand side (social protection and access to health care) and at the global level (development assistance and fiscal space). I am particularly interested in equity, including the targeting of resources to those in need and access to health care, particularly removing financial barriers.

My current research projects explore the targeting and management of financial resources in the health sectors of Tanzania and Malawi with a specific focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and the transferability of health systems lessons in China to sub-Saharan African countries.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Globalisation
Health care financing
Health care policy
Health policy
Health systems
Maternal health
Primary care
Social and structural determinants of health
Disease control
Equity
Evaluation
Global Health
International comparisons
Mixed methods
Neonatal health
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Discipline
Health economics
Development studies
Economics
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Country
China
Congo, Dem. Rep.
India
Malawi
Tanzania
Region
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
Least developed countries: UN classification
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Cost-Effectiveness Thresholds in Global Health: Taking a Multisectoral Perspective.
Remme, M. ; Martinez-Alvarez, M. ; Vassall, A. ;
2017
Value Health
Extending access to essential services against constraints: the three-tier health service delivery system in rural China (1949-1980).
Feng, X.L. ; Martinez-Alvarez, M. ; Zhong, J. ; Xu, J. ; Yuan, B. ; Meng, Q. ; Balabanova, D. ;
2017
Int J Equity Health
Health financing at district level in Malawi: an analysis of the distribution of funds at two points in time.
Borghi, J. ; Munthali, S. ; Million, L.B. ; Martinez-Alvarez, M. ;
2017
Health Policy Plan
Trends In The Alignment And Harmonization Of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, And Child Health Funding, 2008-13.
Martinez-Alvarez, M. ; Acharya, A. ; Arregoces, L. ; Brearley, L. ; Pitt, C. ; Grollman, C. ; Borghi, J. ;
2017
Health Aff (Millwood)
Is Development Assistance for Health fungible? Findings from a mixed methods case study in Tanzania.
Martínez Álvarez, M. ; Borghi, J. ; Acharya, A. ; Vassall, A. ;
2016
Soc Sci Med
Subnational variation for care at birth in Tanzania: is this explained by place, people, money or drugs?
Armstrong, C.E. ; Martínez-Álvarez, M. ; Singh, N.S. ; John, T. ; Afnan-Holmes, H. ; Grundy, C. ; Ruktanochai, C.W. ; Borghi, J. ; Magoma, M. ; Msemo, G. ; Matthews, Z. ; Mtei, G. ; Lawn, J.E. ;
2016
BMC Public Health
How is Telemedicine perceived? A qualitative study of perspectives from the UK and India.
Martínez Álvarez, M. ; Chanda, R. ; Smith, R.D. ;
2011
Global Health
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