Ms Karin Diaconu

Ms Karin Diaconu

Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

Room 122, Public Health Building
School of Health and Population Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD title: Prioritization of medical device purchasing within low- and middle-income countries

Supervisors: Dr. Semira Manaseki-Holland, Dr. Carole Cummins and Prof. Richard Lilford.

Using qualitative methods, Karin undertook fieldwork in both Gambia and Romania to investigate processes employed in prioritizing and procuring medical devices. Karin will furthermore carry out economic evaluations of technologies used in low- and middle-income settings to determine which medical devices are priority investments and under what conditions these may be cost-effectively procured.

During the course of this project, Karin has initiated collaborations with the World Health Organization Medical Devices Unit, Switzerland.


  • MSc in Cancer Epidemiology (Health Sciences), University of York, 2012
  • BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, University of York, 2011


Karin is originally from Romania and part of a German-speaking minority group of the country. She has completed her schooling at the Samuel von Brukenthal Gymnasium and contributed to setting up collaborations with partner secondary schools in Germany and the USA Department for Education. She was also an invited delegate to German President Koehler’s symposium on Romania’s accession to the EU in 2007.

At the University of York, Karin first completed an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and further undertook an MSc in Cancer Epidemiology. During her undergraduate degree, Karin won the 2010 White Rose Centre for Teaching and Learning of Enterprise “Stimulate” Business competition and represented the University of York at a World University Network conference on business opportunities in the Asia Pacific region. Her Masters research focused on the external validation of the International Prognostic Index for B-cell lymphoma using information from a North Yorkshire cancer patient cohort. During her masters, Karin also served as President of the Graduate Students’ Association, representing fellow postgraduate students on University of York Council and Senate, among other committees and groups.

Currently, Karin is undertaking her PhD at Birmingham and additionally serves as a postgraduate representative for the School of Health and Population Sciences as well as Chair of the Postgraduate and Mature Student Association. She was one of the ten 2012 Three Minute Thesis University of Birmingham finalists and is further interested in pursuing a career in international health and health systems management.


Postgraduate supervision

Karin is co-supervising two BMedSci student projects with Dr. Semira Manaseki-Holland:

  • Advaith Gummaraju: “The introduction of an innovative technology to a low-income setting: A qualitative case study of the SIGN intra-medullary nail in Tanzania”
  • Vatsal Gupta: “Medical device prioritization in the private vs. public sector: A qualitative case study in Rajasthan, India


Under consideration:
“An Approach to Prioritization of Medical Devices in Low-income Countries: An Example based on the Republic of South Sudan” in Cost-Effectiveness and Resource Allocation

Currently in preparation:
“Medical Device Procurement in Low- and Middle-Income Settings: Protocol for a Systematic Review.” Intended journal: Systematic Reviews BioMed Central

“Medical Device Procurement, Prioritization and Selection in Low- and Middle-Income Settings: A Systematic Review”