Takhona Hlatshwako

Impact Intern

Takhona Hlatshwako is an early-career researcher in the field of global and public health. She is passionate about advancing health equity in low- and middle-income countries and tackling the double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases through evidence-based solutions.

Takhona supports the Head of Impact and Health Investments team to conduct impact assessments of MedAccess agreements. She helps to evaluate the agreements against three impact indicators: lives changed, money saved, and markets shaped.

Takhona previously worked as a short-term consultant for the World Bank in Eswatini, where she contributed to a health financing project for improving hospital performance. She also worked as a Health Policy Intern for the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy in the US, where she researched the use of medical technologies for the treatment of heart failure.

Takhona has conducted research on the health economics of treatments such as partial knee replacement and cardiac resynchronisation therapy. She has also supported research on the effectiveness of prosocial interventions on health outcomes, as well as innovative approaches to improve the use of HIV services. Her work has been published in journals such as The Lancet Digital Health and JAMA Network Open.

Takhona is interested in health economics research, cost-effectiveness analysis, and the use of other methodological tools to evaluate health interventions.

Takhona is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Evidence-based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford. She previously completed an MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at Oxford. Takhona also holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Email Takhona: [email protected]

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