MARÍA DE LOS ANGELES CABRERA ESCOBAR
Date of Birth: 09 February 1971
Nationality: Mexican (with South African Permanent Residence)
Address: 1 Kirstenbosch, 12 Stiglingh Road, Rivonia, 2129, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Cell phone: +27 (0)748896439
Health Economist and Project Manager – October 2014 to February 2017
Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute. University of the Witwatersrand.
• Cost analysis: A conditional cash transfer programme for the prevention of HIV in young rural South African women. Costing tool development (done), collection of data (done), analysis (done), manuscript (Ready for submission).
• Cost-analysis: A conditional cash transfer programme for the prevention of HIV in young people living in inner city Johannesburg. Costing tool development (done), collection of data (done), analysis (done), manuscript (Ready for submission).
• An Economic Evaluation of a Conditional Cash Transfer Intervention for the Prevention of Intimate partner violence among young South African women – HPTN068. Analysis (done), manuscript (in progress).
• Discrete Choice Experiment: Preferences for HIV prevention methods in four populations, women, men, young women and FSWs in Gauteng, South Africa. Protocol development (done), tools development (done), collection of data (done), analysis (done) and manuscripts (done and other papers in progress).
• Cost and cost-effectiveness analysis of cervical cancer screening using HPV DNA testing, conventional cervical cytology, careHPV, visual inspection with VIA/VILI, colposcopy and 4Qbiopsy at HIV-treatment facilities in South Africa. Analysis (done), manuscript (in progress).
• Evaluating the impact of a text based message and mobile phone-based website platform on health seeking behaviour, maternal and child health outcomes among pregnant women and new mothers: a multi-site retrospective cohort study in Johannesburg South Africa. Tools development (done), supporting the analysis (done) and manuscript (done).
Other areas of experience
• I wrote research and funding proposals.
• I obtained ethical approval from relevant regulatory bodies.
• I wrote research protocols and SOPs for quantitative and qualitative studies.
• I developed research tools for quantitative and qualitative studies.
• I supervised two PhD students.
• I provided courses related to Economic evaluation.
Health Economist – July 2016
Enhancing Care Foundation
Cost-analysis: An intervention study: cross-border referral of mineworkers on TB treatment in Southern Africa. The objective was to assist future implementers of this intervention to understand the cost and consequences for their operations and sustainability of scale up.
Senior Technical Officer – Costing – October 2013 to September 2014
Futures Group. Sexual HIV Prevention Programme (SHIPP).
I provided technical support to different government departments (Department of Basic Education, Department of Social Development and Zululand District in KwaZulu-Natal) as follow:
• I was responsible for development of work plans, budgets and writing reports
• I was involved in the development of the Strategic and Implementation Plans aligned to the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB and Costing for the Implementation Plan.
• For the costing work, I developed the work plan, and I was involved in the data collection, analysis and Report
• I was involved in providing training and capacity building workshops. I supervised the organization of the workshops and I facilitate the following topics: Economic Evaluation at basic and advanced levels; Costing and Budgeting process and methodology; and Resource Allocation and Prioritization.
• I ensured quality of services and compliance per project/program requirements.
• I supported various quantitative techniques to perform costing, budgeting and modelling tasks.
• I supervised consultants and I give them guidelines. I ensured deliverables were met within timelines and budgets.
Health Economist May 2013 to October 2013
Collaboration with Dr. Antonieta Medina-Lara (Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter, UK) and Barbara Nyanzi-Wakholi (Medical Research Council, Uganda, Virus Research Institute Social Science).
We conducted a systematic literature review on Health Related Quality of Life of people living with HIV/AIDS: Africa.
Health Economist February 2012 to May 2013
Priority cost-effective lessons for system strengthening – Africa (PRICELESS SA). School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand.
• The economic and health impacts of legislative and fiscal policies to improve nutrition in South Africans.
• Investigate the role of taxes and subsidies on food intake and the subsequent impact on chronic diseases.
• Systematic literature review to identify legislative and fiscal policies related to nutrition that have worked in other countries.
• Evaluate known evidence for taxes on sugar sweetened beverages, potential impact on consumption levels (own-price elasticity and cross-price elasticity of demand) and their impact on BMI, overweight or obesity in other countries.
• Review of the South African National Surveys to obtain epidemiological information for the effectiveness model. Cost the implementation of introducing new fiscal policy related to nutrition in South Africa (Health care cost savings due to a reduction in chronic diseases).
Health Economist (Consultancy) Jan 2010 to May 2011
World Health Organization, Programme for Research and training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), Geneva, Switzerland.
Costing study: Dengue vector control through the use of insecticide treated window curtains and water container covers. The implementation of proposed research activities for a multi- country study on the control of dengue vectors in Brazil, Guatemala, Thailand and Vietnam.
Health Economist (Consultancy) January 2010 to March 2011
Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.
• Establishing the cost-effectiveness of different models of antiretroviral treatment programs across clinical sites in Southern Africa in urban and rural settings. Project management, collection of data and supervision of field work.
• Measuring the Quality of Life of HIV Patients in three different settings, urban, peri-urban and rural areas.I conducted statistical analysis.
Health Economist January 2007 to December 2008
Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
• Establishing the cost-effectiveness of different models of antiretroviral treatment programmes across clinical sites in Southern Africa in urban and rural settings.
• The relationship between socio-economic status and HIV/AIDS prevalence among adolescents and assessment of the broader economic consequences: A study in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, South Africa.
Epidemiologist/Health Economist April 2005 to December 2006
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Enhancing Care Initiative in KwaZulu-Natal plus, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa
• Epidemiology and Health Economics researcher.
• Monitoring and Evaluation of Postgraduate Courses for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
• Epidemiological studies: Prepare protocols, Contribute to proposal writing, Data entry and cleaning, Data analysis, Provide written reports to the project leader on a regular basis.
• Health Economics Projects: Cost-effectiveness analysis.
Epidemiologist March to June 2003
National Centre for the Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS. Department of Health, Mexico City.
• Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in Mexico (statistics extraction and analysis). Supporting the estimation and reporting of HIV/AIDS statistics to government departments and private companies.
• Supporting the estimations of National Burden of HIV in Mexico.
Epidemiologist September 2002 to 30 December 2002
Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), Mexico City.
• Epidemiological research in the Evaluation of Technologies and Economic Evaluation. Internal and external validity of articles related with the evaluation of Technologies and Economic Evaluation of the ten most important medicines used by the Mexican Institute of Social Security.
Economist August 1998 to October 2000
National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico City, Mexico.
• Socio-economic research in communities. Design and application of questionnaires, and analysis of the data to assess the socio-economic characteristics of the community.
Research assistant January 1998 to June 1998
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico.
Volunteer work September 1996 to March 1997
National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico City, Mexico.
Socio-economic research in the municipality of Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán, Oaxaca, Mexico.
PUBLICATIONS Ready for submission:
Maria A Cabrera-Escobar, Michelle Remme, Pedro T. Pisa, Amanda Selin, Aimée Julien, Catherin MacPhail, Kathleen Kahn, Xavier Gomez-Olive, Audrey Pettifor, and Sinead Delany-Moretlwe. Cost analysis: The price of conditionality: A costing analysis of a conditional cash transfer intervention among young women in rural South Africa using the HPTN 068 trial. (Ready for submission) Health Policy and Planning.
Maria A Cabrera-Escobar, Pedro T Pisa, Michelle Remme, Sarina de Jonge and Sinead Delany-Moretlwe. The Cost of Monitoring Conditionality: Evidence from a Cash Transfer Intervention for HIV Prevention in Young People Living in Inner-City Johannesburg. BMJ Open.
Matthew Quaife, Peter Vickerman, Robyn Eakle, Maria A Cabrera-Escobar, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Fern Terris-Prestholt.The effect of HIV prevention products on the supply of condomless commercial sex amongst female sex workers.
Amnesty E. LeFevre, Maria A Cabrera-Escobar, Diwakar Mohan, Jaran Eriksen, Debbie Rogers, Annie Neo, Iman Barre, Youngji Jo, Alain Labrique, Jesse Coleman. Are SMS based maternal health information messages cost effective in improving utilization of maternal and child health services in Gauteng, South Africa? Submitted to JMIR.
Matthew Quaife, Fern Terris-Prestholt, Robyn Eakle, Maria A Cabrera Escobar, Maggie Kilbourne-Brook, Mercy Mvundura, Gesine Meyer-Rath, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Peter Vickerman. The cost-effectiveness of multipurpose HIV and pregnancy prevention technologies in South Africa. Submitted to Journal of the International AIDS Society
Matthew Quaife, Robyn Eakle, Maria A Cabrera-Escobar, Peter Vickerman, Maggie Kilbourne-Brook, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Fern Terris-Prestholt. Crowding in HIV prevention: A discrete choice experiment for multipurpose HIV prevention products among South African men, women, adolescent girls, and female sex workers. Submitted to Social Science and Medicine.
Robyn Eakle; Gabriela B Gomez, Ph.D.; Niven Naicker; Judie Mbogua; Rutendo Bothma; Maria Cabrera Escobar; Michelle Moorhouse; W D Francois Venter; Rees Helen. Antiretrovirals for HIV treatment and prevention among female sex workers: interim analysis of a real-world demonstration project. Submitted to the Lancet Global Health.
Matthew Quaife, Robyn Eakle, Maria A Cabrera-Escobar, Peter Vickerman, Motlalepule Tsepe, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Fern Terris-Prestholt. Preferences for ARV based HIV prevention methods among adult men and women, adolescent girls and female sex workers in Gauteng Province, South Africa: A protocol for a discrete choice experiment”. BMJ Open 2016.
Maria A Cabrera Escobar, Lennert Veerman, Steve Tollman, Melanie Bertram, Karen Hoffman. “Evidence that a tax on sugar sweetened beverages reduces the obesity rate – Meta-analysis”. 2013. BMC Public Health. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:1072.
Nidia Rizzo, Rodrigo Gramajo, Maria Cabrera-Escobar, Byron Arana, Axel Kroeger, Max Petzold, Pablo Manrique-Saide. New tools for dengue vector management: Insecticide treated materials and targeted interventions on productive breeding-sites in Guatemala. BMC Public Health. 2012, 12:931.
Dinesh Singh, Stephenie Chaudoir, Cabrera-Escobar Maria, Kalichman Seth. Stigma, burden, social support, and willingness to care among caregivers of PLWHA in home-based care in South Africa. AIDS Care. December 2010. ISSN 0954-0121.
Cabrera-Escobar Maria, Molina-Salazar Raul, Sesma Sergio. “Determinants of the demand for tobacco in Mexico” which appeared in the book, Yearbook of the Department of Economics 2003-2004. UAM-I 2004. ISSN: 12782-10354
Molina-Salazar Raul, Rivas Jose F., Cabrera-Escobar Maria. Financing and access to HIV/AIDS treatment: Brazilian and Mexican cases which appeared in the book Pharmaceutical policies and studies of current medicines in Latin America. UAM-I 2004. ISSN: 970-31-0243-3
Robyn Eakle, Matthew Quaife, Maria Cabrera, Peter Vickerman, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Fern Terris-Prestholt. Sex work, risk and incentives: an exploration of risk perceptions and relationship dynamics among female sex workers in Ekurhuleni, South Afric. HIVR4P Conference 2016.
Matthew Quaife, Robyn Eakle MSc, Maria Cabrera, Peter Vickerman, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Fern Terris-Prestholt. One size will not fit all: Divergent stated preferences for new antiretroviral-based HIV prevention products across adults, adolescents and female sex workers in South Africa. International AIDS Conference 2016 and HIVR4P Conference 2016.
Matthew Quaife, Robyn Eakle, Maria Cabrera, Peter Vickerman, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Fern Terris-Prestholt. How might new HIV prevention products change incentives for risk in commercial sex work? Exploring the stated preferences of female sex workers in South Africa. International AIDS Conference 2016 and HIVR4P 2016.
Maria A Cabrera-Escobar, Michelle Remme. Cost analysis: The price of conditionality: A costing analysis of a conditional cash transfer intervention among young women in rural South Africa using the HPTN 068 trial. STRIVE Annual Meeting 2016. KIT, Amsterdam 12-14 April. (Oral presentation)
Maria A Cabrera-Escobar, Michelle Remme. Cost analysis: The price of conditionality: A costing analysis of a conditional cash transfer intervention among young women in rural South Africa using the HPTN 068 trial. Preliminary results. Jesus College, Oxford, UK 2015 STRIVE Annual Meeting. 13 April – 16 April, 2015. (Oral presentation)
Cabrera-Escobar Angeles, Nkosinathi Ngcobo, Thimothy Quinlan. The relationship between socio-economic status and HIV prevalence among adolescents in three South African provinces. International AIDS Conference, Mexico 3 – 8 August 2008. (Oral Presentation).
Cabrera-Escobar Angeles, Esterhuizen Tonya, Ross Douglas, Holst Helga, Marlink Richard. Establishing the costs of different models of antiretroviral treatment delivery programs in urban, peri-urban and rural settings in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (review and ongoing experience). International AIDS Economics Network, Mexico 1-2 August 2008. (Poster)
Cabrera-Escobar Angeles, Esterhuizen Tonya, Giddy Janet, Ross Douglas, Holst Helga, Marlink Richard. Virological and clinical outcomes of patients on antiretroviral therapy under different models of care and treatment in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Operations Research for AIDS Care and Treatment in Africa (ORACTA) Grantee Meeting, 18 to 19 March 2008, Hyatt Regency, Jersey City, New Jersey. (Oral Presentation).
Cabrera-Escobar Angeles, Esterhuizen Tonya, Giddy Janet, Ross Douglas, Holst Helga, Marlink Richard. Virological and Clinical outcomes of HIV-positive patients on antiretroviral therapy under different models of treatment and care in urban, peri-urban and rural hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. South African AIDS Conference, Durban 05 – 08 June 2007. (Oral Presentation).
Deghaye Nicola, Cabrera-Escobar Angeles, Ross Douglas, Pawinsky Robert. A retrospective review of the Immunological, virological and clinical outcomes of patient on Highly Active ARV(HAART) at St Mary’s Hospital, Durban, South Africa. South African AIDS Conference, Durban 05 – 08 June 2007. (Poster).
Singh Dinesh, Cabrera-Escobar Angeles, Gengia Santhanalakshmi. Prevalence of Common Mental Disorders in a Community Sample of PLWA in Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa. International AIDS Conference, Toronto 13 – 18 August 2006, (Poster).
Maria A. Cabrera Escobar, Bomby Kabongo and Kerrin Humphreys. Zululand District. HIV, AIDS, STI and TB Strategy and Costed Implementation Plan. 2014 – 2016. The Sexual HIV Prevention Project (SHIPP). Futures Group. USAID. 2014.
Maria A. Cabrera Escobar and Kerrin Humphreys. Guidelines for HIV Program Costing. The Advance Users Guide. The Sexual HIV Prevention Project (SHIPP). Futures Group. USAID. 2014.
Maria A. Cabrera Escobar. A cost-analysis: Dengue vector control through the use of insecticide treated window curtains and water container covers. The implementation of proposed research activities for a multi- country study on the control of dengue vectors in Guatemala, Thailand and Vietnam. World Health Organization, Programme for Research and training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), Geneva, Switzerland. 2011.
Antonieta Medina Lara and Maria A. Cabrera Escobar. Measuring quality of life, demographic characteristics and ART adherence of patients accessing antiretroviral therapy in urban and rural settings in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. . Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) University of KwaZulu-Natal. 2010.
Cabrera-Escobar Angeles, Nkosinathi Ngcobo, Thimothy Quinlan. The relationship between socio-economic status and HIV/AIDS prevalence among adolescents and assessment of the broader economic consequences: A study in KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, South Africa. Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) University of KwaZulu-Natal. 2008.
D Singh, S Gengiah, M Cabrera Escobar, B McDaniel, R Pawinski, U Lalloo. Evaluating the impact of implementing provinces-wide Home based Care Interventions using the South Coast Hospice Integrated Community Home Care Model. Enhancing Care Initiative (ECI), University of KwaZulu-Natal. 2007.
Spanish Mother Tongue
English Read (advanced), Write (advanced), Speak (advanced)
• Microsoft Office
Models I am familiar with:
• SPECTRUM has different components related to health intervention impact and costing supported by demographic data. The tools based under Spectrum are:
Goals Model: It is a tool to estimate the cost and impact of interventions on new infections, and coverage of treatment and mitigation interventions. Used to examine different resource allocation scenarios.
Resource Needs Model (RNM): Excel-based tool to estimate the total cost of a national response.
AIDS Impact Model (AIM): Focuses on the population impacts of HIV and AIDS.
LiST – Projects Child Survival: A program to project the changes in child survival in accordance with changes in coverage of different child health interventions.
• OneHealth Tool: This model can be used to support the costing, budgeting, financing and national strategies development of the health sector in emergent countries with emphasis on integrated planning and strengthening health systems.
SDC Costing tool: This tool is developed to analyze costing Implementation Plan at local and national levels.
• DisModII: A tool to help estimate the epidemiology and burden of disease.
• TreeAge Pro Excel: For Decision Analysis.
Dr Bomby Kabongo
Phone: 0763 303 796 / 012 3466 884
(Dr Kabongo was a director at Futures Group and I was reporting directly to him)
Mrs. Suraya Dawad
PFIP, National Department of Health
Phone: 082 908 7787
(Mrs Dawad worked at HEARD, I worked with her for two years)
Dr. Antonieta Medina Lara
Senior Lecturer in Health Economics
Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter
Tel: +44 (0) 1392 421009
|Preferred Job Location:||Guateng||Desired Salary||25,000 - 30,000|
|Preferred Contract Type||Permanent||Preferred Contract Period||Full-time|
|Preferred Business / Industry||Health Care||Highest Education Level||Master|
|Total Working Experience||10 - 15 Years||Availability to work after||1 Week|
|Willing to Relocate||No||Spoken Languages||English, Spanish|
2000-2002 MSc in Epidemiology
National Institute of Public Health (INSP), México
Thesis Title: Determinants of the Demand for Tobacco
(Closest comparable South Africa qualification by South Africa Qualification Authority: Master of Science: Epidemiology)
2000-2001 MSc in Health Economics (one year)
National Institute of Public Health (INSP), México
BSc in Economics
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico
Thesis title: Price, Income and Exportation: Coffee in Mexico
(Closest comparable South Africa qualification by South Africa Qualification Authority: Bachelor of Commerce Honours: Economics)
The following motivation letter is written in support of my CV.
My experience over the years has been dedicated mostly to research, but also with experience in conducting technical work. I have been working on different diseases: non-communicable diseases, dengue, maternal and child health (mHealth), cervical cancer, TB, HIV and reproductive health. Over my experience I have worked mostly in quantitative research, but with also experience in qualitative research. I have also work for the Department of Basic Education for the development of the Strategic and Implementation Plans aligned to the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB and conducting a cost-analysis for the Implementation Plan.
I have a background in Epidemiology and Health Economics, with experience over 10 years, all together in the area of Economic Evaluation mainly cost-analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis (working with different models), cost-utility analysis, with knowledge in cost-benefit analysis, monitoring and evaluation, statistical analysis working on developing different econometric models, using logistic regression and multivariate linear regression.
In addition, I have the experience in systematic literature review and meta-analysis. I have ten years of experience in project management and coordinate health economic research that includes collection of primary data, coordination of fieldwork, developing tools (quantitative and qualitative research), preparing and presenting conference presentations and posters and writing proposals, reports and articles. I have also experience in case studies participating as adviser.
Other areas or expertise are:
I have also senior experience in writing research protocols, SOPs and funding proposals. I enjoy working in a team and I consider myself easily adaptable to any environment, although I am also comfortable working on my own.
I speak Spanish, English and I have knowledge in French.
I am expert in conducting economic and financial cost-analysis studies.
I have experience in statistical analysis (descriptive, bivariate and multivariate analysis).
I conduct a systematic literature review.
I have extensive experience as a project manager.
I was awarded first place best poster presentation at a conference on 2016.
March 2015 Project Management for Development Professionals
November 2014 Good Clinical Practice – Basic Course. Wits Health Consortium
June 2013 Health Policy and Decision analysis workshop. National Institute for Communicable Diseases / The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
June 2012 EndNote Program. University of the Witwatersrand. December 2007 RBF Capacity-Building Workshop on Methodology. University of Cape Town, Business School, South Africa
September 2007 Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop. Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division, UKZN, South Africa
June 2007 Econometric Analysis of Transition Data. University of Cape Town, South Africa
March 2007 Professional Ethics Workshop. Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division, UKZN, South Africa
January 2007 Professional Communication Skills. Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division, UKZN, South Africa
July 2006 Biostatistics 2 (Advanced course). Department of Public Health Medicine, UKZN, South Africa
May 2005 Conducting Research Ethically. Biomedical Research Ethics Committee, UKZN, South Africa
August 2001 Introduction to the Measurement of Disease Weights and its applications. National institute of Public Health, Cuernavaca, Mexico
March 2000 Writing Guide for Socio-economic Projects. National institute of Public Health, Cuernavaca, Mexico
September 1999 Development of Executive Abilities. National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico City, Mexico
September 1999 Challenges of the New Millennium. National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico City, Mexico