Lora Sabin

Associate Professor, Global Health

Harvard University, PhD, MA

  • Office: Crosstown Center, CT388
  • Phone: 617-414-1272
  • Email: lsabin@bu.edu

Biography

Dr. Sabin is a health and development economist based at the Center for Global Health & Development and in the Department of Global Health, where she teaches courses in health economics, antiretroviral therapy management, and social and behavioral sciences. Her research focuses on behavioral interventions, applied economics, and program evaluations related to child health and welfare, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other infectious diseases in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Her current and recent projects include: an evaluation of a real-time feedback and counseling intervention designed to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive individuals in southern China; exploratory studies in Ghana on men who have sex with men and on retaining HIV-positive patients in care and treatment; a validation study of the Child Status Index in Malawi; and other quantitative and qualitative evaluations of interventions in Zambia, India, Vietnam, Ecuador, and Ethiopia. Dr. Sabin teaches in executive and professional training programs based in the US (Harvard University, Duke University) and abroad. She was also a member of the core faculty of the Vietnam AIDS Policy and Planning Project, a training program on the response to the HIV epidemic for local and national government officials in Vietnam. Lora has also taught courses or conducted trainings at universities and research centers in numerous countries, including China, Taiwan, India, Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Canada, and Haiti. She was Co-Program Director, and continues to consult for, the Health and Community programs organized by the International Honors Program, a Boston-based non-profit organization that offers study-abroad programs for US-based college students. Before joining the BUSPH, Lora worked in the Asia Public Policy Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and at the Harvard Institute for International Development. While there, she served as the Academic Director of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, a Harvard-managed academic center in Ho Chi Minh City, from 1998-2000. Lora spent ten years living in East Asia in the 1980s and 1990s, including in China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. She holds a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.

Projects

Publications

Zinc as an adjunct to the treatment of severe pneumonia in Ecuadorian children: a randomized controlled trial

Sempértegui F, Estrella B, Rodríguez O, Gómez D, Cabezas M, Salgado G, Sabin LL, Hamer DH

Am J Clin Nutr.. 2014 Mar;.

Impact of biomass fuels on pregnancy outcomes in central East India

Wylie BJ, Coull BA, Hamer DH, Singh MP, Jack D, Yeboah-Antwi K, Sabin L, Singh N, MacLeod WB

Environ Health.. 2014 Jan; 13(1).

Attitudes and behaviors among older MSM in Ghana

Lora Sabin, Yaw Adu‐Sarkodie, Thomas Agyarko‐Poku, Paul Ashigbie, Danielle Hollenbeck‐Pringle, Mary Bachman DeSilva, Kimberly Green, Sam Wambugu, Yussif Ahmed Abdul Rahman, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, and Jennifer Beard

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2013 Sep.

Evaluation of USAID/PACT Program For Highly Vulnerable Children: Yekokeb Berhan Baseline Findings: Final Report

Candace Miller, Jonathan Simon, Wassie Kebede, Malcolm Bryant, Nafisa Halim, Elizabeth Henry, Lora Sabin, Nancy Scott

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2013 May.

Exploring the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of MSM engaged in substance use and transactional sex in Ghana

Jennifer Beard, Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Thomas Agyarko-Poku, Ivan Busulwa, Abanish Rizal, Mohammed Brooks, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2013 Mar.

Feasibility and Acceptability of a Real-Time Adherence Device among HIV-Positive IDU Patients in China

Mary B. DeSilva, Allen L. Gifford, Xu Keyi, Zhong Li, Cheng Feng, Mohamad Brooks, Mark Harrold, Hu Yueying, Christopher J. Gill, Xie Wubin, Taryn Vian, Jessica Haberer, David Bangsberg, and Lora Sabin

AIDS Research and Treatment. 2013 Jan; 2013:1-6.

Women living with HIV in Vietnam: desire for children, use of sexual and reproductive health services, and advice from providers

Lisa J. Messersmith, Katherine Semrau, Tran Lan Anh, Nguyen Nguyen Nhu Trang, Dao Mai Hoa, Kristin Eifler and Lora Sabin

Reproductive Health Matters. 2012 Dec; 20(39):27-38.

Per Diem Policy Analysis Toolkit

Taryn Vian and Lora Sabin

Norway: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre; 2012 Dec.

HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge and Behaviors Among Most-at-Risk Populations in Vietnam

Taryn Vian, Katherine Semrau, Davidson H. Hamer, Le Thi Thanh Loan and Lora L. Sabin

The Open AIDS Journal. 2012 Nov; 6:259-265.

Malaria prevalence among pregnant women in two districts with differing endemicity in Chhattisgarh, India

Neeru Singh, Mrigendra P Singh, Blair J Wylie, Mobassir Hussain, Yeboah A Kojo, Chander Shekhar, Lora Sabin, Meghna Desai, V Udhayakumar and Davidson H Hamer  

Malaria Journal. 2012 Sep; 11(274):1-14.

PEPFAR’s Support For Orphans And Vulnerable Children: Some Beneficial Effects, But Too Little Data, And Programs Spread Thin

Malcolm Bryant1, Jennifer Beard, Lora Sabin, Mohamad I. Brooks, Nancy Scott, Bruce A. Larson, Godfrey Biemba, Candace Miller & Jonathon Simon

Health Affairs. 2012 Jul; 31(7):1508-1518.

Reply to Letter Regarding Validation Study of the Child Status Index: Do Not Shoot the Messenger

Lora Sabin, Maxton Tsoka, Mohamad I. Brooks, Jonathon Simon, Candace Miller

Journal of Acquired Immunity Deficiency Syndromes. 2012 Jun; 60(2):e69-e71.

Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of Training Traditional Birth Attendants to Reduce Neonatal Mortality in the Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Study (LUNESP)

Lora L. Sabin, Anna B. Knapp, William B. MacLeod, Grace Phiri-Mazala, Joshua Kasimba, Davidson H. Hamer & Christopher J. Gill

PLoS ONE. 2012 Apr; 7(4):1-10.

Quality and safety of integrated community case management of malaria using rapid diagnostic tests and pneumonia by community health workers

Davidson H. Hamer, Erin Twohig Brooks, Katherine Semrau, Portipher Pilingana, William B. MacLeod, Kazungu Siazeele, Lora L. Sabin, Donald M. Thea, & Kojo Yeboah-Antwi

Pathogens and Global Health. 2012 Mar; 106(1):32-39.

Evaluation of the Child Status Index Tool: A Validation Study in Malawi

Miller C., Sabin L., Brooks B., Tsoka M., Rybasack H.

Boston University School of Public Health, 801 Crosstown Ave., Boston, MA 02118: USAID, BU OVC-Care Project; 2011 Oct.

Measuring Vulnerability Among Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rural Malawi: Validation Study of the Child Status Index Tool

Sabin L., Tsoka M., Brooks M.I., Miller C.

Journal of Acquired Immunity Deficiency Syndrome. 2011 Sep; 58(1):e1-e10.

Effect of Training Traditional Birth Attendants on Neonatal Mortality (Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project): Randomised Controlled Study

Gill C., Phiri-Mazala G., Guerina N., Kasimba J., Mulenga C., MacLeod W., Waitolo N., Knapp A., Mirochnick M., Mazimba A., Fox M., Sabin L., Seidenberg P., Simon J., Hamer D.

British Medical Journal. 2011 Jun;.

Availability and Utilization of Malaria Prevention Strategies in Pregnancy in Eastern India

Wylie B.J., Hashmi A.H., Singh N., Singh M.P., Tuchman J., Hussain M., Sabin L., Yeboah-Antwi K., Banerjee C., Brooks M.I., Desai M., Udhayakumar V., Macleod W.B., Dash A.P., Hamer D.H.

BMC Public Health. 2010 Sep; 10(1):557.

Community Case Management of Fever Due to Malaria and Pneumonia in Children Under Five in Zambia: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

Yeboah-Antwi K., Pilingana P., Macleod W.B., Semrau K., Siazeele K., Kalesha P., Hamainza B., Seidenberg P., Mazimba A., Sabin L., Kamholz K., Thea D.M., Hamer D.H.

PLoS Med. 2010 Sep; 7(9).

Attitudes, Knowledge, and Practices Regarding Malaria Prevention and Treatment Among Pregnant Women in Eastern India

Sabin L. L., Rizal A., Brooks M. I., Singh M. P., Tuchman J., Wylie B. J., Joyce K. M., Yeboah-Antwi K., Singh N., Hamer D. H.

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Jun; 82(6):1010-6.

Reducing Neonatal Mortality in Rural Zambia with Traditional Birth Attendants, a Cluster Randomized Trial: The Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project (LUNESP)

Gill C.J., Mazala G., Guerina N., Kasimba J., Knapp A., Mulenga C., MacLeod W.B., Mazimba A., Mirochnick M., Sabin L., Seidenberg P., Hamer D.H.

Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting; 2010 May 1; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Effectiveness of NRP Adapted for Use by Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in Rural Zambia: the Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project (LUNESP)

Guerina N., Mazala G., Kasimba J., Mulenga C., Knapp A., Mirochnick M., MacLeod W.B., Mazimba A., Sabin L., Seidenberg P., Hamer D.H., Gill C.J.

Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting; 2010 May 1; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Burden of Malaria in Pregnancy in Areas with Stable and Unstable Malaria Transmission in Chhattisgarh, India. Abstract 900

Singh N., Singh M.P., Shukla M.M., Hussain M., Dash A.P., Wylie B.J., Yeboah-Antwi K., Sabin L., Udhayakumar V., Desai M., Hamer D.H.

58th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; 2009 Nov 1; Washington, DC.

Burden of Malaria in Pregnancy in Women Presenting to Delivery Units in Areas with Stable and Unstable Malaria Transmission in Chhattisgarh, India. Abstract 666

Singh N., Singh M.P., Wylie B.J., Shukla M.M., Hussain M., Dash A.P., Yeboah-Antwi K., Sabin L., Udhayakumar V., Desai M., Hamer D.H.

58th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; 2009 Nov 1; Washington, DC.

Management of Pneumonia and Malaria at the Community Level in Zambia. Abstract 732

Yeboah-Antwi K., Pilingana P., MacLeod W.B., Semrau K., Siazeele K., Kalesha P., Hamainza B., Mtonga E., Chanda P., Sabin L., Kamholz K., Twohig E., Thea D.M., Hamer D.H.

58th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; 2009 Nov 1; Washington, DC.

Burden of Malaria in Pregnancy in Jharkhand State, India

Hamer D. H., Singh M. P., Wylie B. J., Yeboah-Antwi K., Tuchman J., Desai M., Udhayakumar V., Gupta P., Brooks M. I., Shukla M. M., Awasthy K., Sabin L., MacLeod W. B., Dash A. P., Singh N.

Malar J. 2009 Sep; 8:210.

Using Electronic Drug Monitor Feedback to Improve Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy among HIV-Positive Patients in China

Sabin L. L., DeSilva M. B., Hamer D. H., Xu K., Zhang J., Li T., Wilson I. B., Gill C. J.

AIDS Behav. 2009 Sep; 14(3):580-9.

Zambia Integrated Management of Malaria and Pneumonia Study

Yeboah-Antwi K., Pilangana P., Semrau K., Siazelee K., MacLeod W.B., Kalesha P., Hamainza B., Sabin L.L., Kamholz K., Chanda P., Seidenberg P., Mazimba A., Hamer D.H.

5th National Health Research Conference in Lusaka, Zambia; 2009 Sep 1; Lusaka, Zambia.

Importance of Dose Timing to Achieving Undetectable Viral Loads

Gill C. J., Sabin L. L., Hamer D. H., Keyi X., Jianbo Z., Li T., Wu W. J., Wilson I. B., Desilva M. B.

AIDS Behav. 2009 Apr; 14(4):785-93.

Evaluation of Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-Funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Short Report

Sabin L., Hamer D., Vian T., DeSilva M. B., Lawrence D., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Beard J.

Hanoi, Vietnam: PEPFAR; 2009.

Evaluation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Report on Findings

Sabin L., Vian T., Hamer D. H., Beard J., Le Thi Thanh L., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Hammett T., Lawrence D. A., DeSilva M. B.

Evaluation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam. Hanoi: USAID; 2009.

Evaluation of Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-Funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Report on Findings, 2008

Sabin L., Vian T., Hamer D. H., Beard J., Loan L. T. T., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Hammett T., Lawrence D., DeSilva M.B.

Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam. Hanoi: PEPFAR Vietnam; 2009.

Management of Malaria and Pneumonia at the Community Level in Zambia. Abstract LB 2213

Yeboah-Antwi K., Pilangana P., MacLeod W.B., Siazeele K., Mtonga E., Chanda P., Sabin L., Kamholz K., Thea D.M., Hamer D.H.

57th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; 2008 Dec 1; New Orleans, LA.

Barriers to Adherence to Antiretroviral Medications Among Patients Living with HIV in Southern China: a Qualitative Study

Sabin L. L., Desilva M. B., Hamer D. H., Keyi X., Yue Y., Wen F., Tao L., Heggenhougen H. K., Seton L., Wilson I. B., Gill C. J.

AIDS Care. 2008 Nov; 20(10):1242-50.

Evaluation of Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-Funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Final Report

Sabin L., Hamer D. H., Vian T., DeSilva M.B., Lawrence D., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Loan L. T. T., Hammett T.

Boston, MA: BUSPH, Center for International Health and Development; 2008.

The Development Impacts of HIV

Sabin L., Miller C.

The companion to development studies. Desai Vandana, Potter Robert B.. London: Hodder Education; 2008.

Response to Bangsberg et al., Regarding our Article ‘No Room for Complacency About Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Africa’

Gill C.J., Hamer D.H., Simon J.L., Thea D.M., Sabin L.L.

AIDS. 2006 Jan; 20(1):141-142.

No Room for Complacency About Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Gill C. J., Hamer D. H., Simon J. L., Thea D. M., Sabin L. L.

AIDS. 2005 Jul; 19(12):1243-9.

Why Clinicians are Natural Bayesians

Gill C. J., Sabin L., Schmid C. H.

BMJ. 2005 May; 330(7499):1080-3.

Reconsidering Empirical Cotrimoxazole Prophylaxis for Infants Exposed to HIV Infection

Gill C. J., Sabin L. L., Tham J., Hamer D. H.

Bull World Health Organ. 2004 Jul; 82(4):290-7.

People’s Republic of China: Economic Performance and Prospects

Gang F., Perkins D. H., Sabin L.

Asian Development Review. 1997 Jun; 15(2):43-85.