Lucy Cunnama started working in the Health Economics Unit in May 2012. Her undergraduate degree was in Physiotherapy, after which she worked in the Eastern Cape at a rural hospital. Working in this environment inspired her to study public health and she finished her Masters Degree in 2011, specializing in Health Economics. Her research interests include economic evaluation; access to health care in the South African setting; tuberculosis diagnostics and treatment; and models of care relating to the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV. Current projects are Strategies to Optimize Antiretroviral Therapy Services for Maternal and Child Health: The MCH-ART study and Postpartum Adherence Clubs to Enhance Support (PACER) in Gugulethu (PMTCT models of care); Global Health Cost Consortium (GHCC) (Publically available TB and HIV cost repository), VALUE-TB (TB costing in 5 high burden countries). She is a PhD candidate, and the title of the dissertation is “Economic evaluation of models of PMTCT intervention for large scale implementation”.
Winner of the Early Career Award for the Best Publication in the Faculty of Health Sciences for 2016 (Public Health and Rehabilitation Sciences category):
Lucy Cunnama, Health Economics Division. Lucy's publication was entitled, “Using top‐down and bottom‐up costing approaches in LMICs: The case for using both to assess the incremental costs of new technologies at scale” in Health Economics 25(S1):53-66.