Ms Sedona Sweeney


Research Fellow
in Health Economics


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

020 7927 2890

I joined the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group in February 2011, after completing an MSc in Health Planning, Policy and Financing at the LSHTM and LSE.  Before I joined the school, I worked with various NGOs and local governmental health boards in Tanzania, Atlanta and Arizona. 


ResearchGate profile


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


Tuberculosis (TB) Centre


I am a module co-organizer and seminar leader on Economic Analysis for Health Policy.  I also tutor students for the MSc Health Policy and Planning course, and I teach on the UNICEF short course in Health Economics and Financing.


My primary research interests are in the poverty impact of illness and household expenditure on health care.  I'm particularly interested in the dynamics of poverty and the ability of households to cope with health shocks over time.

In addition, I am currently involved in the economic evaluation on a number of projects across the school.  These include:

  • the Global Health Cost Consortium: which aims to mitigate the TB and HIV epidemics by systematically improving the availability, quality, timing, relevance, interpretation, and use of cost information on HIV and tuberculosis (TB) programs and services
  • the Integra Initiative: an analysis of integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services in Kenya and Swaziland
  • the Health Systems Chronic Disease project: a project aiming to improve the health systems response to chronic disease in Uganda and Tanzania
  • a project assessing the impact and cost-effectiveness of needle/syringe provision on hepatitis C transmission among people who inject drugs in the UK
  • the MERGE project: evaluating a model of scaling-up integrated TB and HIV services in South Africa
Research Area
Economic evaluation
Health systems
Sexual health
Disease and Health Conditions
Cardiovascular disease
Chronic disease
Sexually transmitted disease
Non-communicable diseases
United Kingdom
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Methodological Issues to Consider When Collecting Data to Estimate Poverty Impact in Economic Evaluations in Low-income and Middle-income Countries.
Sweeney, S.; Vassall, A.; Foster, N.; Simms, V.; Ilboudo, P.; Kimaro, G.; Mudzengi, D.; Guinness, L.;
Health Econ
The Costs of Delivering Integrated HIV and Sexual Reproductive Health Services in Limited Resource Settings.
Obure, C.D. ; Sweeney, S. ; Darsamo, V. ; Michaels-Igbokwe, C. ; Guinness, L. ; Terris-Prestholt, F. ; Muketo, E. ; Nhlabatsi, Z. ; Integra Initiative, . ; Warren, C.E. ; Mayhew, S. ; Watts, C. ; Vassall, A. ;
PLoS One
Rethinking methods for patient costs in economic evaluations in LMIC
Sweeney, S.; Vassall, A.; Foster, N.; Simms, V.; Ilboudo, P.; Kimaro, G.; Mudzengi, D.; Guinness, L.
IHEA Congress
The costs of accessible quality assured syphilis diagnostics: informing quality systems for rapid syphilis tests in a Tanzanian setting.
Sweeney, S.; Mosha, J.F.; Terris-Prestholt, F.; Sollis, K.A.; Kelly, H.; Changalucha, J.; Peeling, R.W.;
Health Policy Plan
The Cost of Providing Combined Prevention and Treatment Services, Including ART, to Female Sex Workers in Burkina Faso.
Cianci, F. ; Sweeney, S. ; Konate, I. ; Nagot, N. ; Low, A. ; Mayaud, P. ; Vickerman, P. ;
PLoS One
The impact of HIV/SRH service integration on workload: analysis from the Integra Initiative in two African settings.
Sweeney, S. ; Obure, C.D. ; Terris-Prestholt, F. ; Darsamo, V. ; Michaels-Igbokwe, C. ; Muketo, E. ; Nhlabatsi, Z. ; Warren, C. ; Mayhew, S. ; Watts, C. ; Vassall, A. ;
Hum Resour Health
Costs and efficiency of integrating HIV/AIDS services with other health services: a systematic review of evidence and experience.
Sweeney, S.; Obure, C.D.; Maier, C.B.; Greener, R.; Dehne, K.; Vassall, A.;
Sex Transm Infect
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