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 - 12/31/2023 (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. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. Meyer-Rath G, Jamieson L, Pillay Y. What will it take for an injectable ARV to change the face of the HIV epidemic in high-prevalence countries? Considerations regarding drug costs and operations. J Int AIDS Soc. 2023 Jul; 26 Suppl 2(Suppl 2):e26106. PMID: 37439062; PMCID: PMC10338998; DOI: 10.1002/jia2.26106;
  4. Zishiri V, Conserve DF, Haile ZT, Corbett E, Hatzold K, Meyer-Rath G, Matsimela K, Sande L, d'Elbee M, Terris-Prestholt F, Johnson CC, Chidarikire T, Venter F, Majam M. Secondary distribution of HIV self-test kits by HIV index and antenatal care clients: implementation and costing results from the STAR Initiative in South Africa. BMC Infect Dis. 2023 Jun 01; 22(Suppl 1):971. PMID: 37264343; PMCID: PMC10234581; DOI: 10.1186/s12879-023-08324-7;
  5. Jamieson L, Van Schalkwyk C, Nichols BE, Meyer-Rath G, Silal S, Pulliam J, Blumberg L, Cohen C, Moultrie H, Jassat W. Differential in-hospital mortality and intensive care treatment over time: Informing hospital pathways for modelling COVID-19 in South Africa. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(5):e0001073.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37195977; PMCID: PMC10191304; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0001073;
  6. Silal SP, Pulliam JRC, Meyer-Rath G, Jamieson L, Nichols BE, Norman J, Hounsell R, Mayet S, Kagoro F, Moultrie H. The National COVID-19 Epi Model (NCEM): Estimating cases, admissions and deaths for the first wave of COVID-19 in South Africa. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(4):e0001070.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37093784; PMCID: PMC10124849; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0001070;
  7. Long LC, Girdwood S, Govender K, Meyer-Rath G, Miot J. Cost and outcomes of routine HIV care and treatment: public and private service delivery models covering low-income earners in South Africa. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Mar 11; 23(1):240.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36906559; PMCID: PMC10007767; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-023-09147-7;
  8. Smith J, Bansi-Matharu L, Cambiano V, Dimitrov D, Bershteyn A, van de Vijver D, Kripke K, Revill P, Boily MC, Meyer-Rath G, Taramusi I, Lundgren JD, van Oosterhout JJ, Kuritzkes D, Schaefer R, Siedner MJ, Schapiro J, Delany-Moretlwe S, Landovitz RJ, Flexner C, Jordan M, Venter F, Radebe M, Ripin D, Jenkins S, Resar D, Amole C, Shahmanesh M, Gupta RK, Raizes E, Johnson C, Inzaule S, Shafer R, Warren M, Stansfield S, Paredes R, Phillips AN. Predicted effects of the introduction of long-acting injectable cabotegravir pre-exposure prophylaxis in sub-Saharan Africa: a modelling study. Lancet HIV. 2023 Apr; 10(4):e254-e265. PMID: 36642087; PMCID: PMC10065903; DOI: 10.1016/S2352-3018(22)00365-4;
  9. Bansi-Matharu L, Mudimu E, Martin-Hughes R, Hamilton M, Johnson L, Ten Brink D, Stover J, Meyer-Rath G, Kelly SL, Jamieson L, Cambiano V, Jahn A, Cowan FM, Mangenah C, Mavhu W, Chidarikire T, Toledo C, Revill P, Sundaram M, Hatzold K, Yansaneh A, Apollo T, Kalua T, Mugurungi O, Kiggundu V, Zhang S, Nyirenda R, Phillips A, Kripke K, Bershteyn A. Cost-effectiveness of voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention across sub-Saharan Africa: results from five independent models. Lancet Glob Health. 2023 Feb; 11(2):e244-e255. PMID: 36563699; PMCID: PMC10005968; DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(22)00515-0;
  10. Masuku SD, Lekodeba N, Meyer-Rath G. The costs of interventions for type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cardiovascular disease in South Africa - a systematic literature review. BMC Public Health. 2022 Dec 12; 22(1):2321. PMID: 36510178; PMCID: PMC9743545; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-022-14730-4;
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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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