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

Current research

Lesong is currently part of the LSE team working on the African Health Observatory - Platform on Health Systems and Policies (AHOP). Other AHOP partners include WHO’s African Health Observatory, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and leading research institutions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal. Further expansion is planned. The Platform seeks to promote evidence-informed policy-making.

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


PhD Health Economics, University of London
MSc in Health Economics, University of York 
BSc Economics and Political Science, University of York


Lesong previously established the Global Health Stream of the MPH at Imperial College London and was Co-Director of the MPH. In addition, she taught health economic and global health courses at LSHTM, UCL, University of Sussex, SCTIMST Kerala, India and University of Ghana.  To date she has supervised 7 post docs and 7 PHD students on topics associated with the economics of infectious diseases.

External affiliations

Visiting Reader, School of Public Health, Imperial College London

Selected External Positions

Expertise Details

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