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Sergio TorresRueda

BA MSc

Research Fellow
in Health Economics

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

Tel.
+44 20 7958 8310

I joined the Department of Global Health and Development in June 2011. I hold a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Columbia University in New York, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. I am currently a PhD candidate (part-time) in Health Economics at the LSHTM. I am originally from Colombia.

Affiliations

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

Research

I specialize in economic evaluation and priority setting research in health-related interventions. I am currently working on two projects. The first is an evaluation of the health, fiscal and macroeconomic impacts of different COVID-19 management strategies in low- and middle-income countries in order to inform in-country decision-makers. The second is the country translation phase of Disease Control Priorities 3 (DCP3), which involves adapting global evidence in order to design new health benefit packages in Pakistan and other settings in sub-Saharan Africa.  

My methodological focus is on cost-effectiveness analyses alongside randomized controlled trials in low- and middle-income countries and I have expertise in the areas of HIV and GBV. Recent trials I have worked on include: Cotrimoxazole Preventive Therapy discontinuation among HIV-positive adults in Uganda, GBV prevention strategies in Ghana and Rwanda, and enhanced demand creation to increase uptake of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in Tanzania.

I have experience in cost data collection and analysis, having worked in the areas syphilis testing (Tanzania, Zambia and Peru) and HIV point-of-care diagnostics (Tanzania and Zambia).

I have also conducted qualitative work in the areas of antiretroviral distribution (Botswana), antimalarial distribution (Madagascar), vaccine introductions (Rwanda, Ethiopia and Cameroon), substance abuse in high-risk populations (UK), and introduction of HIV diagnostic technologies (Tanzania and Zambia).

Research Area
Economic evaluation
Health care policy
Health policy
Health systems
Sexual health
Immunisation
Discipline
Development studies
Economics
Political science
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Malaria
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Respiratory disease
Country
Botswana
Cameroon
Ethiopia
United Kingdom
Ghana
Guatemala
Madagascar
Rwanda
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

The impact of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on health systems and household resources in Africa and South Asia
Davies N; Sweeney S; Torres-Rueda S; Bozzani F; Kitson N; Barasa E; Procter SR; Quaife M; Eggo RM; Vassall A
2020
MedRxiv
The potential for quality assurance systems to save costs and lives: the case of early infant diagnosis of HIV.
Terris-Prestholt F; Boeras D; Ong JJ; Torres-Rueda S; Cassim N; Mbengue MAS; Mboup S; Mwau M; Munemo E; Nyegenye W
2020
Trop Med Int Health
Unit costs and other musings: a response.
Torres-Rueda S; Ferrari G; Orangi S; Hitimana R; Daviaud E; Tawiah T; Prah RKD; Karmaliani R; Kapapa E; Barasa E
2020
Health policy and planning
What will it cost to prevent violence against women and girls in low- and middle-income countries? Evidence from Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia.
Torres-Rueda S; Ferrari G; Orangi S; Hitimana R; Daviaud E; Tawiah T; Prah RKD; Karmaliani R; Kapapa E; Barasa E
2020
HEALTH POLICY AND PLANNING
The Structure and Parameterization of the Breast Cancer Transition Model Among Chinese Women.
Huang Y; Li Q; Torres-Rueda S; Li J
2019
Value in health regional issues
Use of Lotteries for the Promotion of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Service: A Discrete-Choice Experiment among Adult Men in Tanzania.
Ong JJ; Neke N; Wambura M; Kuringe E; Grund JM; Plotkin M; d'Elbée M; Torres Rueda S; Mahler HR; Weiss HA
2019
Medical Decision Making
Risk compensation and STI incidence in PrEP programmes.
Quaife M; MacGregor L; Ong JJ; Gafos M; Torres-Rueda S; Grant H; Terris-Prestholt F; Vickerman P
2019
The lancet. HIV
Cost and Cost-Effectiveness of a Demand Creation Intervention to Increase Uptake of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in Tanzania: Spending More to Spend Less.
Torres-Rueda S; Wambura M; Weiss HA; Plotkin M; Kripke K; Chilongani J; Mahler H; Kuringe E; Makokha M; Hellar A
2018
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)
Social norms related to combining drugs and sex (\"chemsex\") among gay men in South London.
Ahmed A-K; Weatherburn P; Reid D; Hickson F; Torres-Rueda S; Steinberg P; Bourne A
2016
The International journal on drug policy
Rapid Syphilis Testing Is Cost-Effective Even in Low-Prevalence Settings: The CISNE-PERU Experience.
Mallma P; Garcia P; Carcamo C; Torres-Rueda S; Peeling R; Mabey D; Terris-Prestholt F
2016
PloS one
Spending more to spend less: the unit costs of a tailored demand creation intervention to increase uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision
Torres-Rueda S; Weiss HA; Wambura M; Mahler H; Chilongani J; Kuringe E; Hayes R; Plotkin M; Makokha M; Hellar A
2016
JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY
\"Chemsex\" and harm reduction need among gay men in South London.
Bourne A; Reid D; Hickson F; Torres-Rueda S; Steinberg P; Weatherburn P
2015
The International journal on drug policy
Prices and mark-ups on antimalarials: evidence from nationally representative studies in six malaria-endemic countries.
Palafox B; Patouillard E; Tougher S; Goodman C; Hanson K; Kleinschmidt I; Torres Rueda S; Kiefer S; O'Connell K; Zinsou C
2015
Health policy and planning
The cost-effectiveness of 10 antenatal syphilis screening and treatment approaches in Peru, Tanzania, and Zambia.
Terris-Prestholt F; Vickerman P; Torres-Rueda S; Santesso N; Sweeney S; Mallma P; Shelley KD; Garcia PJ; Bronzan R; Gill MM
2015
International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics
New pneumococcal conjugate vaccine introductions in four sub-Saharan African countries: a cross-country analysis of health systems' impacts.
Torres-Rueda S; Burchett HE; Griffiths UK; Ongolo-Zogo P; Edengue J-M; Kitaw Y; Molla M; Gelmon L; Onyango-Ouma W; Konate M
2015
African health sciences
HPV vaccine introduction in Rwanda: Impacts on the broader health system.
Torres-Rueda S; Rulisa S; Burchett HED; Mivumbi NV; Mounier-Jack S
2015
Sexual & reproductive healthcare
The impact of introducing new vaccines on the health system: case studies from six low- and middle-income countries.
Burchett HED; Mounier-Jack S; Torres-Rueda S; Griffiths UK; Ongolo-Zogo P; Rulisa S; Edengue J-M; Chavez E; Kitaw Y; Molla M
2014
Vaccine
Understanding private sector antimalarial distribution chains: a cross-sectional mixed methods study in six malaria-endemic countries.
Palafox B; Patouillard E; Tougher S; Goodman C; Hanson K; Kleinschmidt I; Torres Rueda S; Kiefer S; O'Connell KA; Zinsou C
2014
PloS one
The private commercial sector distribution chain for antimalarial drugs in Madagascar: Findings from a rapid assessment
Torres Rueda S; Patouillard E; Palafox B; Tougher S; Goodman C; Hanson K; Raharinjatovo J; O'Connell K
2012
A Qualitative Assessment of the Private Sector Antimalarial Distribution Chain in Benin, 2009
Torres Rueda S; Tougher S; Palafox B; Patouillard E; Goodman C; Hanson K; Tassiba M; O'Connell K
2012
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