Gesine Meyer-Rath, MD, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Global Health

MD, Freie Universität Berlin
PhD, Freie Universität Berlin

Dr Meyer-Rath is a Research Associate Professor at the Department of Global Health of the Boston University School of Public Health. She is a physician and health economist working on the economics of HIV and COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries. Her focus lies on modeling methods for economic evaluation, including infectious disease modeling and decision analysis, and translating research into recommendations for public policy. Before joining BUSPH she has worked in the Pediatrics Department of Charité University Hospital Berlin, at the World Health Organization and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Meyer-Rath is based in Johannesburg where she works at the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO), a collaboration between Boston University and the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds a PhD in Health Economics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as well as a MD/PhD in Physiology from Free University Berlin.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Early this year I was invited to co-chair a conference session on "Decolonising Health Economics" at the International Health Economics Association Conference. I tried to refuse, not thinking that as a highly privileged German national I could do the subject justice, but my co-chair, a Malawian health economist who I had mentored through her PhD, insisted. She invited me to talk about HE2RO's experience in building sustained academic health economics capacity in a middle-income country. This started my journey towards more consciously centering local, in particular first generation, staff in all activities. The notes under "Ad 7" above are in part a summary of that endeavour; of the four mentees mentioned, all are South African, two are previously disadvantaged, and all are first generation academics. Being involved in a first pan-African research project, the "UHCDigital" project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) continued the theme of making space (in brief, shutting up and stepping aside). Lastly, thinking through what kind of health modelling institute we want to build extended the theme of capacity building. I do believe we need to collectively move from building capacity individually, one-at-a-time, depending on our time and budget (there's a reason why "Capacity building" most often comes last in any funding proposal), towards helping to co-design, then build local institutions- then, once it is up and running, getting out. My joining the BUSPH DEIJ at the beginning of 2022 continues this journey.

Center Faculty Member
Boston University School of Public Health
Global Health

HIV and TB estimation, mathematical modelling, and economic analysis to support national and sub-national HIV policy setting in South Africa
09/30/2020 - 07/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
University of Cape Town Bill & Melinda Gates

To Support a consortium of modelers to inform the planning of HIV programs in Sub-Saharan Africa to understand the impact of current and future interventions
10/01/2021 - 09/30/2023 (Subcontract PI)
WITS Health Consortium (PTY) LTD Bill & Melinda Gates

COVID-19 priority vaccine modelling for South Africa and beyond
08/12/2021 - 01/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
WITS Health Consortium (PTY) LTD Bill & Melinda Gates

Rapid Screening for Complex Chronic Conditions (Taxi Rank project)
07/01/2021 - 11/30/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Gesine Meyer-Rath, MD, PhD
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND)

Economic Impact of HIV Policy Briefs
11/14/2019 - 04/30/2022 (PI)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Enhancing the evidence-base for HIV self-testing in young men
04/17/2018 - 12/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
WITS Health Consortium (PTY) LTD Bill & Melinda Gates

Prospective costing exercises for HIV in high prevalence countries
01/01/2020 - 10/30/2020 (Subcontract PI)
President & Fellows of Harvard College on behalf of Harvard Medical School Bill & Melinda Gates

Identifying optimal HIV testing strategies to achieve high levels of HIV diagnosis in South Africa
09/01/2016 - 07/31/2017 (Subcontract PI)
Imperial College Bill & Melinda Gates


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  1. Rautenbach SP, Whittles LK, Meyer-Rath G, Jamieson L, Chidarikire T, Johnson LF, Imai-Eaton JW. Future HIV epidemic trajectories in South Africa and projected long-term consequences of reductions in general population HIV testing: a mathematical modelling study. Lancet Public Health. 2024 Apr; 9(4):e218-e230. PMID: 38553141; PMCID: PMC11000585; DOI: 10.1016/S2468-2667(24)00020-3;
  2. McGee K, d'Elbée M, Dekova R, Sande LA, Dube L, Masuku S, Dlamini M, Mangenah C, Mwenge L, Johnson C, Hatzold K, Neuman M, Meyer-Rath G, Terris-Prestholt F. Costs of distributing HIV self-testing kits in Eswatini through community and workplace models. BMC Infect Dis. 2024 Feb 29; 22(Suppl 1):976. PMID: 38424538; PMCID: PMC10902928; DOI: 10.1186/s12879-023-08694-y;
  3. Thomas ML, Zuma K, Loykissoonlal D, Dube ZB, Vranken P, Porter SE, Kripke K, Seatlhodi T, Meyer-Rath G, Johnson LF, Imai-Eaton JW. Substantial but spatially heterogeneous progress in male circumcision for HIV prevention in South Africa. Commun Med (Lond). 2024 Jan 03; 4(1):1. PMID: 38172187; PMCID: PMC10764768; DOI: 10.1038/s43856-023-00405-7;
  4. Johnson LF, Myer L, Jamieson L, Meyer-Rath G, Delany-Moretlwe S, Joseph Davey D. The potential benefits of long-acting injectable cabotegravir in pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. AIDS. 2024 Mar 15; 38(4):589-594. PMID: 38016171; PMCID: PMC10906189; DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000003803;
  5. Brennan AT, Vetter B, Masuku SD, Mtshazo B, Mashabane N, Sokhela S, Venter WD, Kao K, Meyer-Rath G. Integration of point-of-care screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension into the COVID-19 vaccine programme in Johannesburg, South Africa. BMC Public Health. 2023 Nov 20; 23(1):2291.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37986070; PMCID: PMC10662646; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-023-17190-6;
  6. Moolla H, Phillips A, Ten Brink D, Mudimu E, Stover J, Bansi-Matharu L, Martin-Hughes R, Wulan N, Cambiano V, Smith J, Bershteyn A, Meyer-Rath G, Jamieson L, Johnson LF. A quantitative assessment of the consistency of projections from five mathematical models of the HIV epidemic in South Africa: a model comparison study. BMC Public Health. 2023 Oct 27; 23(1):2119. PMID: 37891514; PMCID: PMC10612295; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-023-16995-9;
  7. Masuku SD, Brennan AT, Vetter B, Venter F, Mtshazo B, Sokhela S, Mashabane N, Kao K, Meyer-Rath G. The cost of adding rapid screening for diabetes, hypertension, and COVID-19 to COVID-19 vaccination queues in Johannesburg, South Africa. Res Sq. 2023 Oct 10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37886557; PMCID: PMC10602052; DOI: 10.21203/;
  8. Marcus R, C P, Gill K, Smith P, Rouhani S, Mendelsohn A, Mendel E, Lince-Deroche N, Naidoo K, Ahmed N, Stirrup O, Roseleur J, Leuner R, Meyer-Rath G, Bekker LG. Acceptability, feasibility and cost of point of care testing for sexually transmitted infections among South African adolescents where syndromic management is standard of care. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Oct 10; 23(1):1078. PMID: 37817160; PMCID: PMC10566254; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-023-10068-8;
  9. Brennan AT, Vetter B, Majam M, T Msolomba V, Venter F, Carmona S, Kao K, Gordon A, Meyer-Rath G. Integration of point-of-care screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension with COVID-19 rapid antigen screening in Johannesburg, South Africa. PLoS One. 2023; 18(7):e0287794.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37418394; PMCID: PMC10328308; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0287794;
  10. Meyer-Rath G, Hounsell RA, Pulliam JR, Jamieson L, Nichols BE, Moultrie H, Silal SP. The role of modelling and analytics in South African COVID-19 planning and budgeting. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(7):e0001063.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37399174; PMCID: PMC10317222; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0001063;
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2010 International AIDS Society/ ANRS: Young Investigator Award
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HIV, economic evaluation, costs, investment case, antiretroviral treatment
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