Dr Lesong Conteh

Dr Lesong Conteh

Associate Professorial Research Fellow

Department of Health Policy

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COW 4.04
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Key Expertise
health economics, infectious diseases, health systems

About me

Dr Lesong Conteh is a health economist with a research focus on the economics of infectious diseases, primarily malaria, and health system performance in Sub-Saharan Africa.  She has extensive experience of coordinating multi-country economic evaluations to assess the impact of introducing and scaling up interventions via different delivery strategies. She is an Associate Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Health Policy and academic lead for the newly established African Health Observatory - Platform on Health Systems and Policies. Prior to joining LSE she held positions at Imperial College London, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and MRC The Gambia

Lesong is academic lead for the African Health Observatory - Platform on Health Systems and Policies (AHOP). Hosted by the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO), AHOP leverages existing national and regional collaborations to form a network of National Centres that currently include leading research institutions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal. AHOP draws on support from a technical consortium including the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, LSE and national, regional and global partners.

In addition to her role as academic lead for AHOP, Lesong continues to undertake research on:

  • the economics of malaria 
  • perceptions of quality
  • multi-country economic evaluations to assess the impact of introducing and scaling up interventions via different delivery strategies
  • the use of research outputs to inform resource allocation
  • qualitative techniques to inform health economics research


Visiting Reader, School of Public Health, Imperial College London
Deputy Chair, Global Health Research, Independent Scientific Advisory Group, NIHR, Department of Health and Social Care
Member of the NIHR Strategy Board
Awards Advisory Panel, Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) 
Commissioner on Lancet Commission for Global Surgery 
Joint Health Systems Research Committee Member
MESA malERA Refresh Panel: Health Systems and Policy Research
Member of World Health Organisation Drug Resistance and Elimination Technical Expert Group
Member of the World Health Organization Steering Committee for Global Malaria Technical Strategy
Co-Chair for Economics of The Global Fund Modelling Secretariat
External Examiner for UCL MSc Global Health and Development and MSc in Health Economics and Decision Science

Expertise Details

health economics; infectious diseases; economic evaluation; perceptions of quality; demand for health care; malaria interventions