Sithabiso Daphne Masuku [Researcher - Health Economics]

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Sithabiso Masuku holds a BSc in Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of Witswatersrand, South Africa and is currently studying towards a Master’s in Health Economics and Decision Modelling at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Ms Masuku joined HE2RO in September 2016, after gaining 7 years’ worth of experience in the reinsurance and life insurance industries. At HE2RO, her research has largely focused on the decision analysis of public health initiatives and screening programmes. Notably, she has performed budget impact analyses for the South African Department of Health’s breast cancer control policy (implemented in 2017) and changes to the country’s MDR-TB guidelines. She also developed an automated tool for tracking HIV and TB-related budgets and expenditure within South Africa’s public health sector.

She is currently a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow and upon completion of her Master’s program in 2020, Ms Masuku will undertake to develop a model that will determine the optimal allocation of resources across non-communicable disease interventions in South Africa.