London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Anna Vassall is a health economist at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), with around 25 years experience stretching across both research and policy/technical advice. After first working for the NHS on planning and contracting models, she then took an MSc in Health Planning and Financing at the London School of Economics; thereafter working for DFID as a health economist in Pakistan advising the Ministry of Health on costing and resource allocation. 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; supporting investment decisions in a wide range of low and middle income countries. Thereafter she worked for several years applying health economics and directing large health systems development projects in Syria, East Timor, Yemen and Sudan. She completed her PhD in the economic evaluation of tuberculosis control in 2009. She joined LSHTM in 2010 and now works within the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SAME) group working on the economics of HIV/TB and sexual and reproductive health. Anna’s research interests also span health systems, development finance and economic evaluation; with a strong policy and practice focus. Her interests include the development of economic evaluation methods that address broader systemic costs and consequences of introducing new technologies; and the link between economic evaluation and infectious disease models. She has a strong commitment to conducting collaborative, policy focused research in low and middle income countries; and engaging in expert fora.