Dr Aparnaa Somanathan and Dr Aneesa Arur – From evidence to policy dialogue and implementation

Event date
Wednesday 18th September 2019
Event time
3:30 PM
Event address
Colonial Theatre, AGSM Building (G27), Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney


Colonial Theatre, AGSM Building (G27), Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney

Contact for enquiries 

Karina Roweth, kroweth@kirby.unsw.edu.au or +61 2 9385 2191

The Health Economics and Research Network (HERN) is pleased to present

Dr Aparnaa Somanathan  

Dr Aparnaa Somanathan

Program Leader, Human Development, World Bank

Dr Aparnaa Somanathan is a Program Leader for Human Development at the World Bank. She has worked on health systems strengthening issues for over fifteen years in a range of countries including China, Estonia, Georgia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. She has also worked extensively on the implications of population ageing on health financing and service delivery. Aparnaa read economics at Cambridge University and holds a doctoral degree in International Health Economics and Policy from Harvard University. Aparnaa is the lead author of the 2014 World Bank publication titled, “Moving Towards Universal Coverage of Social Health Insurance in Vietnam: Assessment and Options”. She is also the co-author of: “Financing Health Care in the East Asia and Pacific: Best Practices and Remaining Challenges” with Jack Langenbrunner; and the publication, “Live Long and Prosper: Ageing in the East Asia and Pacific region” with Philip O’Keefe and others.

Dr Aneesa Arur  

Dr Aneesa Arur

Senior Economist, Health Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank

Dr Aneesa Arur is a Senior Economist at the World Bank’s Health Nutrition and Population Global Practice. She has led and managed World Bank-financed projects in client countries and is also involved in research and technical assistance at the country and regional level on social health insurance, results based financing, integration of care and contracting for health services. Before joining the World Bank Group, Aneesa worked at Abt Associates Inc., a consulting firm with an international health practice. Aneesa holds a PhD in Health Systems from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  



During this seminar, health economists from the World Bank will discuss how evidence and analysis are used to inform the policy dialogue with country governments, and eventually the design and implementation of programs. They will use four specific examples to illustrate this:

  1. Strengthening Social Health Insurance in Vietnam;
  2. Informing health policy in South and Central Asia;
  3. Examples from Afghanistan and Kyrgyz Republic;
  4. Long-term care policy in Estonia.