Karen leads a research to policy program focused on priority setting to evaluate which interventions both inside and beyond the health system can provide the biggest return on investment in a resource constraint setting. PRICELESS research has already had an impact on policy in SA including the 2013 regulations to address the salt content in processed food and the related cost savings. More recently the team published research on the potential impact of a sugar sweetened beverage tax on obesity, diabetes and stroke. The tax will be promulgated in April 2017. PRICELESS is a core partner of the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI), a global network to support priority setting in countries as they develop universal health coverage (http://www.idsihealth.org/).
A Wits medical graduate and a board-certified paediatrician, Karen spent a decade on faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and subsequently served as Director of Policy and Planning at the US NIH, Fogarty International Center. She has consulted for WHO /PAHO and is widely published on global health in peer reviewed international journals. She is member of the SA Dept of Health work stream focused on a benefit package for NHI in SA.