New Joep Lange Chairholder: Anna Vassall, health economist - Joep Lange Institute

New Joep Lange Chairholder: Anna Vassall, health economist

Health economist Anna Vassall aims to further develop and apply methods to inform priority setting, assess cost-effectiveness and evaluate the poverty impact of interventions that are piloted and implemented by JLI, AIGHD and their partners.

The Joep Lange Chair and Fellows Program brings together experts from different backgrounds and geographies to collaborate on research that will help drive change in the field of global health. The Chair is established by the Joep Lange Institute and is hosted by the Department of Global Health of the Academic Medical Center (AMC) and the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD). The multidisciplinary approach is echoed in the unique rotating character of the Chair, which will welcome up to five (partly concurrent) professors from different fields of expertise in five years.

The newly appointed Joep Lange Chair Holder health economist Anna Vassall aims to further develop and apply methods to inform priority setting, assess cost-effectiveness and evaluate the poverty impact of interventions that are piloted and implemented by JLI, AIGHD and their partners.

Anna Vassall is currently a Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Global Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She leads the economic evaluation and priority setting group, and specializes on the economics of HIV, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence prevention and tuberculosis (TB). She has an interest in considering health system constraints and patient perspectives into research to inform priority setting and health sector financing. Anna has been appointed Joep Lange Chair starting from 1 February 2018.

The Joep Lange Institute promotes innovations to make health markets work for the poor. The Institute believes innovations in (digital) technology and finance will help reach more people at lower cost and offer new ways to address access and barriers to care. Anna Vassall will develop novel methods to evaluate innovative technological and health financing approaches to improve access to health care.

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