Arush  Lal

Arush Lal

PhD student

Department of Health Policy

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Key Expertise
Global Health Policy, Universal Health Coverage, Global Health Security

About me

Arush Lal is a doctoral candidate at the London School of Economics & Political Science, where his research explores the politics of global health governance and diplomacy, focusing on the integration of global health security and universal health coverage at global and national levels. His research has been published in The Lancet and BMJ Global Health, featured in platforms like CNN and Politico, and cited by the U.S. and U.K. governments, WHO, USAID, World Bank, OECD, and the G7 Pandemic Preparedness Partnership, among others. Arush recently served as Senior Technical Advisor for Health Integration on the USAID COVID-19 Response Team, where he supported long-term planning for pandemic preparedness and response and alignment with public and primary health care systems. He has been appointed Commissioner on the Chatham House Commission for Universal Health (co-chaired by Prime Minister Helen Clark and President Jakaya Kikwete) and Board Member and former inaugural Vice Chair for Women in Global Health (spanning over 50 chapters and 75,000 supporters committed to a gender-transformative, intersectional health and care workforce). Arush was also a Community & Civil Society Representative for the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator and Advisor to the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) and its 120+ organizational network.

Arush has supported strategic advocacy and policy guidance across a range of related topics, including health system resilience, community health workforce, health information systems, gender equity, pooled procurement and supply chain strengthening, and youth engagement. His work has spanned multilateral, government, and civil society roles, including at the World Health Organization, World Bank, Pan American Health Organization, U.S. Office of Pandemics & Emerging Threats (HHS/OGA), IntraHealth International, and Partners in Health, among others. Arush has been recognized as a Gates Foundation Goalkeeper, WHO/UNICEF Primary Health Care Young Leader, Women Deliver Young Leader, Georgia Tech 40 Under 40 Alumni, and former Fellow at Emerging Voices for Global Health and Global Health Corps. He completed an MSc in Health Policy, Planning & Financing from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as a Rotary Global Scholar, and a BSc in Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology as a President’s Scholar.


Dissertation title:

From fragmentation to integration: examining the construction, covergence, and coherence of global health security and universal health coverage 


Dissertation supervisor(s):

Dr Justin Parkhurst, Dr Clare Wenham 



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Fragmented health systems in COVID-19: rectifying the misalignment between global health security and universal health coverage

A Lal, NA Erondu, DL Heymann, G Gitahi, R Yates

The Lancet 397 (10268), 61-67


Pandemic preparedness and response: exploring the role of universal health coverage within the global health security architecture

A Lal, SM Abdalla, VK Chattu, NA Erondu, TL Lee, S Singh, H Abou-Taleb, ...

The Lancet Global Health 10 (11), e1675-e1683


Primary health care: a cornerstone of pandemic prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery

A Lal, N Schwalbe

The Lancet 401 (10391), 1847


Minimizing COVID-19 disruption: ensuring the supply of essential health products for health emergencies and routine health services

A Lal, C Lim, G Almeida, J Fitzgerald

The Lancet Regional Health–Americas 6


Optimizing pandemic preparedness and response through health information systems: lessons learned from Ebola to COVID-19

A Lal, HC Ashworth, S Dada, L Hoemeke, E Tambo

Disaster medicine and public health preparedness 16 (1), 333-340


Putting health workers at the centre of health system investments in COVID-19 and beyond

R Deussom, A Lal, D Frymus, K Cole, MRS Politico, K Saldaña, ...

Family medicine and community health 10 (2)