Health Systems Shocks: What we are learning about resilience in the Covid-19 crisis
The LSHTM-Charité Global Health Lecture Series brings together leading scientists from the UK, Germany and further afield to present cutting-edge research on pressing global health issues and to discuss the implications of their work for policy and practice.
Prof Dame Anne Mills, Deputy Director and Provost at LSHTM, Prof Reinhard Busse, Head of Department, Health care management at Technische Universität Berlin, and Dr Edwine Barasa, Nairobi Director, the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi programme will provide an overview of health systems research, discuss what is known about the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on health systems in different countries and explore what we are learning about health systems resilience. Dr Mickey Chopra, Global Solutions Lead for Service Delivery, World Bank, will moderate the event, providing reflections on the policy context for health systems in light of the current pandemic.
About the speakers
- Dr Mickey Chopra
Dr Mickey Chopra is currently the Global Solutions Lead for Service Delivery in the Health Nutrition and Population global practice of the World Bank. He leads its work around the organization, management and quality of health services. Previous to this he was the Chief of Health and Associate Director of Programs at UNICEF’s New York Headquarters. Additionally, he has chaired the Evaluation and Research Group at the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria to ensure that their investments are reaching those most in need and chaired the Special Committee for Large Countries for GAVI that worked on ensuring increased coverage of vaccines for Nigeria and India in particular. He led the technical team that oversaw the UN Commission on Essential Medicines and Commodities.
Dr Chopra is qualified as a medical doctor with an additional degree in medical sociology from the University of Southampton, England, MPH (Primary Health in Developing Countries) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Ph.D. from Faculty of Medicine, University of Uppsala in Sweden.
- Prof Dame Anne Mills
Prof Dame Anne Mills is Deputy Director & Provost at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and a worldwide authority on health economics, with a particular focus on how to create efficient and equitable health systems in low and middle income countries. Her specific areas of expertise include contracting-out health services, health insurance, private sector issues, and evaluation of malaria control interventions and delivery approaches. She is also heavily engaged in supporting capacity building in low and middle income countries in the areas of health economics and health systems research.
Anne joined the School as a lecturer in 1979 after working at the Ministry of Health in Malawi as an economist. She has previously held the position of President of the International Health Economics Association, and her ground-breaking work includes work on the economic impact of malaria and the most cost-effective ways to control the disease in Africa and Asia. Anne received a CBE for services to medicine in 2006, and is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2015 she was awarded a DCMG in recognition of her services to international health.
- Prof Reinhard Busse
Prof Reinhard Busse is Department Head for health care management in the Faculty of Economics and Management at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. He is also a faculty member of Charité, Berlin’s medical faculty as well as Co-Director and Head of the Berlin hub of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, a member of several scientific advisory boards as well as a regular consultant for WHO, the EU Commission, the Worldbank, OECD and other international organizations within Europe and beyond as well as national health and research institutions. From 2006 to 2009, he served as dean of his faculty.
His research focuses on methods and contents of comparative health system analysis and assessment as well as health services research (with emphasis on hospitals, human resources, cross-border care, health reforms in Germany, role of EU, financing and payment mechanisms as well as disease management), health economics and health technology assessment (HTA). Since 2011, he is editor-in-chief of the international peer reviewed journal Health Policy. Since 2012, he is the director of the Berlin Health Economics Research Centre (BerlinHECOR, overarching topic “Towards a Performance Assessment of the German Health Care System”). In 2016/17, he was President of the German Health Economics Association (dggö).
- Dr Edwine Barasa
Edwine is the director of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi programme in Kenya and also heads the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) of the programme. He is a health economist and health financing specialist with 14 years of research, advisory, and practice experience in Kenya and in the broader Sub-Saharan African region. He has a PhD in health economics (University of Cape Town), a masters degree in health economics (University of Cape Town), and a bachelors degree in Pharmacy (University of Nairobi). Edwine’s interests and current research work focuses on analysing health financing reforms, priority setting in healthcare, equity and efficiency analysis in healthcare, economics of non-communicable diseases, economic evaluation of healthcare interventions, measuring health systems performance, and health system governance.
He has a keen interest in evidence informed policy making and the nurturing of synergistic relationships between policy makers and researchers. Besides doing research, Edwine advises the Kenya Ministry of Health as well as several international development organizations including the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) on health financing, focusing on the Sub-Saharan African region. Edwine is also Adjust faculty at Strathmore University where he teaches health financing. Before joining the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Edwine worked as a clinical pharmacist for 2 years in both the public and private sectors.
The LSHTM-Charité Global Health Lecture Series is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.