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Webinar: Estimating the costs of COVID-19: health systems, households and opportunity costs
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When: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
8:00 AM ET
Where: Online
Presenter: Anna Vassall, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Contact: iHEA

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Estimating the costs of COVID-19: health systems, households and opportunity costs

This webinar will have simultaneous translation from English to French, made possible by a grant from the IDRC

Wednesday June 10th, 2020
8:00 AM ET - check your timezone online here


Covid-19 and its response are substantially impacting both the magnitude and distribution of health related costs. Shifts in expenditure and resource use incur opportunity costs within both health providers and households. Estimating and forecasting these rapidly changing patterns is challenging, yet essential for governments trying to plan an effective response. This webinar will present preliminary costs from a range of low- and middle- income settings, as a springboard to encourage discussion on the key challenges ahead.


How should we address perspective? How can we best link to and reflect epidemiological forecasts and uncertainty? How can economists characterise the real world response, taking into account capacity constraints? How can we use existing data to inform our estimates? How can we capture the complexity of household spending during a pandemic?

Speaker: Anna Vassall

Anna is a Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Centre of Health Economics in London (CHiL) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her work focuses on the intersection between infectious disease, health systems and poverty. She also has a specific interest in women’s health, working on the prevention of gender based violence and the economics of sexual and reproductive health.

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