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Dr. Igna Bonfrer is Associate Professor of Global Health Economics at Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management. Her research generates evidence on how health systems can improve population health. Working with colleagues in Burkina Faso, Burundi, India and Kenya she identifies effective financial and non-financial incentives to support high quality care. Her work has been published in among others The British Medical Journal, Health Affairs, Social Science & Medicine and PLOS Global Public Health. For an illustration of her team’s work with pregnant women in India, see: https://youtu.be/0bBNsm6t3Tc

Dr. Bonfrer plays an important role in Global Health Economics teaching. She jointly developed teaching on topics including “causal evaluation of health care financing reforms”, “decolonizing global health” and “making a career in global health” which have been very well received by students (average student evaluation 4.6 out of 5).

She is Director of the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative, the multi-disciplinary global health research and education network at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Erasmus Medical Center. 

Dr. Bonfrer shares her expertise with the World Health Organization and several NGOs. She received awards and prizes including a Rubicon Fellowship from the Dutch Research Council, the Nautilus Award for outstanding contribution from the University of Oxford and the Prof. H.W. Lambers Prize from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Dr. Bonfrer did her post-doc with the Harvard Global Health Institute.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Director Rotterdam Global Health Initiative, Erasmus University Rotterdam

1 Jan 2021 → …


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