of Health Economics
Anna Vassall is a health economist with over twenty five years of experience in economic analysis in low and middle income countries. Her first degree is in economics. She then worked in the NHS supporting funding/contracting. She then took an MSc in Health Planning and Financing at the LSHTM, thereafter working for DFID as a health economist in the UK and Pakistan. This was followed by a period at Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) Amsterdam working on health planning and financing, aid effectiveness and the cost-effectiveness of tuberculosis and reproductive health in a wide range of low and middle income countries. Thereafter she directed and provided economic support to European Community and World Bank funded health sector reform and development projects in Yemen, East Timor, Syria and Sudan. Her PhD is in economic evaluation from the University of Amsterdam.
Anna leads the economic evaluaton and priority setting group in the Department of Global Health at LSHTM. She has worked at LSHTM since 2010 specialising on the economics of HIV, sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence prevention and tuberculosis (TB). She has an interest in incorporating a health systems perspective into economic evaluation and priority setting methods. She is founding member of the TB-MAC modelling consortium and sits on the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for the WHO's Global TB Programme (STAG-TB) and Task Force on Catastrophic Cost Measurement for TB. She leads the work theme on standards and methods for the Global Health Costing Consortium.
Her current research interest is the public choice, priority setting and economic evaluation for HIV, TB and Sexual Reproductive Health. She has a keen interest in 'real world' evaluation methods and incorporating a broader health systems perspective in economic analysis. She has also published on health services financing, in particular the role of development assistance for health.
Anna is a member of the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group, within Global Health and Development.