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Davide Rasella

Davide Rasella

Associate Research Professor and Head of the Health Impact Assessment Group

Davide Rasella is an epidemiologist with a MSc and PhD in Public Health from the Institute of Collective Health in Salvador (Brazil), a Diploma in Tropical Biomedicine from the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium), and training in mathematical modelling from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK).

He has worked for nearly twenty years in public health of vulnerable populations in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from field epidemiology in humanitarian emergencies to academic research on the effectiveness of nationwide policies. During the last decade he has focused his work on methodologies for health impact assessment of social determinants, cash transfers and primary care using observational data, and has developed methods for the integration of retrospective impact evaluations with forecasting microsimulation models.

He is currently leading the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Group at ISGlobal, which aim is to develop HIA studies in the areas of infectious diseases, maternal and child health, climate and urban health, both in high and low/ middle income countries.

Lines of research

  • Methods of ex-post and ex-ante health impact assessment and evaluation
  • Microsimulation and forecasting models
  • Impact of social determinants of health and poverty-relief interventions
  • Impact of healthcare systems and primary care

Main publications

Rasella D, Aquino R, Santos C; Paes-Sousa R, Barreto ML. Effect of a conditional cash transfer programme on childhood mortality: a nationwide analysis of Brazilian municipalities. The Lancet 2013; 382: 57–64.

Rasella D, Harhay MO, Pamponet ML, Aquino R, Barreto ML. Impact of primary health care on mortality from heart and cerebrovascular diseases in Brazil: a nationwide analysis of longitudinal data. BMJ 2014 Jul 3; 349:g4014.

Rasella D, Basu S, Hone T, Sousa RP, Ocke CO, Millet C. Child morbidity and mortality associated with alternative policy responses to the economic recession in Brazil: a nationwide microsimulation study. PLOS Medicine 2018 May 22;15(5):e1002570.

Rasella D, Basu S, Hone T, Souza LS, Tasca R, Millet C. Mortality associated with alternative primary health care policies: a nationwide microsimulation modelling study in Brazil. BMC Medicine 2019 Apr 26;17(1):82.

Rasella D, Aquino R, Barreto ML. Impact of income inequality on life expectancy in a highly unequal developing country: the case of Brazil. J Epidemiol Community Health, 2013; 67:661–6.