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Natasha Palmer

Dr. Natasha Palmer is an experienced health economist and health systems researcher with a strong academic background. She has over 25 years of working on health sector evaluations in low and middle-income countries.

Natasha has conducted evaluations in health financing, human resources for health and a range of applied health systems questions.   She has great experience of working with varied teams of clinical, government, academic and NGO professionals as well as working with partner institutions in a range of countries. Many of her research projects have involved a strong element of capacity building. Natasha has been author and co-author of a number of peer-reviewed publications on health systems research in low income settings.

Natasha is skilled at leading multi-country teams on complex health systems/process research questions. She has solid experience of conceptualising evaluation projects and organising mixed methods data collection in Sub Saharan Africa.

Nationality: British
Languages: English
Country Experience:

Cambodia, India, Lesotho, Pakistan

Qualifications:

2001
PhD. “The Theory and Nature of Contracts for Primary Care in South Africa”
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1996
MSc. Health Policy, Planning & Financing
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1990
BA. History and Economics
Oxford University

Employment:

2018 - present
Senior Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2017 - 2018
Health Systems Consultant
Independent

2008 - 2014
Senior Lecturer in Health Economics and Policy
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

2003 - 2008
Lecturer in Health Economics and Policy
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

1997 - 2003
Research Fellow
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

1995 - 1997
Associate Professional Officer
DFID/Health Systems Trust

1995
Stabex Manager, Ministry of Livestock
European Commission, Delegation of the EU to Lesotho

1993 - 1995
Economist, Budget Support Programme
European Commission, Delegation of the EU to Lesotho

1992
Assistant Field Director
Cambodia Trust, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

Project Experience:

2017 - 2018
Harnessing Non State Actors for Better Health for the Poor
(BMGF, DFID, USAID, World Bank) - Health Systems Consultant
Responsible for helping HANSHEP develop its positions on key areas of nonstate provision.
2018
Raising Domestic Financing for Health Systems
(Malaria Consortium) - Health Systems and Financing Consultant
Responsible for drafting a position paper on the challenge of raising domestic financing for health systems to assist in achieving Universal Coverage.
2013 - 2014
3 Es: Equity Efficiency and Effectiveness in Health Policy Making
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) - Team Leader, LSHTM
Responsible for planning evaluation of health system initiatives to improve an evidence base for health system impacts.
2007 - 2010
An evaluation of impact of user fee removal
(DFID) - Principle Investigator/Team Leader

2006 - 2011
Evidence for Action: Research Programme consortia on Treatment and Care for HIV
(DFID) - Lead Researcher on Health Systems

2005 - 2007
Non state providers: Whose Public Action? Analysing Inter-sectoral Collaboration for Service Delivery
(Economic and Social Research Council) - Health Team Leader
Health Team Leader in collaboration with University of Birmingham and IDS.
2005 - 2007
Consortium for Research into Equitable Health Systems
(DFID) - Team Member

2005 - 2006
A systematic review of the effect of different financing interventions on access to health services in low and middle income countries
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) - Team Leader/Principal Investigator

2005
Non state providers of basic services: how can governments work better with them?
(DFID) - Health Team Leader
Health Team Leader in collaboration with University of Birmingham and IDS
1997 - 2000
Different models of contracting out Primary Care in South Africa
(DFID) - Lead Researcher/Coordinator of fieldwork