South African Medical Research Council Senior Scientist Donela Besada is a graduate of the Masters in Public Health (MPH), specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2013 and has completed a postgraduate diploma in Health Economics at UCT and is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Kings College London. She has ten years of research experience in academic, NGO and hospital settings focused on health economics and health systems research. At MSF she worked on advocating for expanded access to improved, and up-to-date HIV and TB services and technologies, including advocating for the development of a National policy framework for to support these services. Following that, at the SAMRC, she has undertaken several multi-country, health-systems and economic evaluations in the African region. These opportunities have included examining the impact of community case management on the major contributors to childhood mortality across 6 countries in the region and an evaluation to assess the impact and sustainability of the impact of earlier ART initiation of pregnant women. More recently, much of her work has been centered around the theory and application of economic evaluations toward improved health system strengthening efforts of low- and middle-income countries. This work has included the development of a Community Health Worker Investment Case for the South African Department of Health, costing current Mental Health Expenditure in South Africa as well developing an Investment Case for Mental Health Services in South Africa commissioned by the National Department of Health.