Dr Alvaro Alonso-Garbayo

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Alvaro joined LSTM in November 2014 after 8 years of clinical work in Spain and 22 years of international experience in public health first working as a humanitarian worker in conflict and post-conflict settings mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa with MSF and then as a freelance consultant working on health systems strengthening (HSS) and human resources for health (HRH) in Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, America, South-East Asia and the West Pacific regions.

He has taught Emerging Challenges in Global Health, Managing and Developing the Workforce and Global Health Workforce Planning at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh to students undertaking an MSc in Human Resources for Health. He has also experience teaching post-conflict health systems rehabilitation as a guest lecturer at LSHTM in London as well as in Mozambique, Spain, and Australia. As part of his consultancy work he has been involved in capacity building for health systems development particularly on strategic planning and policy analysis and development.

At LSTM he contributes to: Human Resource Planning and Management (Trop 915) and DTM&H (Trop 711).
Current research is about health systems development in conflict and post-conflict settings with a focus on human resources for health and performance improvement through management development.

Technical assistance

Alvaro has provided technical assistance mainly to governments as a consultant in policy analysis and development, strategic planning, project management (e.g. identification, support for implementation and evaluation), donor coordination, health system rehabilitation (post-conflict), health service management, emergency relief coordination and research.

Current projects and grants

ReBUILD - Research for the building of pro-poor health systems during recovery from conflict focusing on human resources, health financing and their interaction; PERFORM is an Action Research project supporting improved performance of health workers in Africa.
Research grants

€3 Million. PERFORM: Supporting decentralised management to improve health workforce performance in Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania. EUFP7.

£6 million. ReBUILD: Research for the building of pro-poor health systems during recovery from conflict. DfID.

Other relevant expertise, professional memberships etc.

Alvaro is a member of the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis providing technical input in the area of HSS and HRH.

Selected publications

  • Selected publications

    • Alonso-Garbayo, A. and Maben, Jill. UK Internationally recruited nurses from India and the Philippines: the decision to emigrate. Human Resources for Health Journal. 2009, 7 : 37 (24 April 2009)
    • Alvaro Alonso and Ruairí Brugha. Rehabilitating the health system after conflict in East Timor: a shift from NGO to government leadership Health Policy and Planning. 2006 21: 206-216