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Chris James

Associate Consultant

Chris James is a health economist with over ten years of experience in health financing policy, health expenditure and fiscal space analysis, costing, strategic planning for health, and quantitative research. Some recent examples of his work include a comprehensive analysis of the costs of delivering facility-based health services in Tanzania, assessment of the health impact of the 2010 floods in Pakistan, management of a five country project that analysed the financial burden of health payments on households in East Asia; development of MacroHealth, a health expenditure projection tool; and provision of in-depth technical support to on-going health financing reform initiatives in Lao PDR and Vietnam. Prior to joining OPM, Chris worked for the World Health Organization at country, regional and headquarters levels, most recently at the Western Pacific Regional Office. He has also been a consultant for Save the Children UK and UNICEF, and was seconded to the Rwandan Ministry of Health as an ODI Fellow. He has published articles on various aspects of health systems, particularly on user fees, social health insurance, and supply-side incentives in healthcare. He holds a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an MSc from York University, both of which were in health economics.