Institute for Global Health


Danielle Solomon

Danielle's thesis title is "Measuring unmet need in sexual and reproductive health among women under the age of 25."

Her primary supervisor is Prof Caroline Sabin.

To get in touch with Danielle, please email her at danielle.solomon@ucl.ac.uk

About Danielle

Danielle Solomon is a Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellow within the Institute for Global Health. She holds a medical degree from Oxford University and a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Prior to her PhD, Danielle practiced as a Specialist Registrar in Public Health and held an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship.  She also previously worked as sexual health and HIV physician at the Mortimer Market Centre in central London, and was the Technical Advisor for HIV and AIDS at the international NGO Pathfinder International in Boston.

Thesis summary

When designing and evaluating health policies, there is a particular challenge that often arises - how do we work out the number of people who need healthcare but haven’t received it?  This is often referred to as ‘unmet need’.  Although a lot of data are collected regarding the use of healthcare services, by definition, the people who aren’t receiving the services that they require do not contribute to these datasets.

My thesis will look at the concept of unmet need through the lens of sexual and reproductive health, attempting to ascertain whether we can calculate levels of unmet need across England using the data that we already have available.

Through this project I will attempt to calculate the number of women in England under the age of 25 who did not receive the sexual and reproductive healthcare that they needed between 2010 and 2020. I will then use financial data to work out whether this unmet need was greater in areas that had smaller budgets for sexual and reproductive health during this period.