Francesca Cavallaro PhD

Research Fellow


Francesca is an epidemiologist in the MARCH Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health and the Maternal and Newborn Health Group. Francesca completed her MSc in Demography & Health in 2011, before carrying out her PhD at LSHTM under the guidance of Carine Ronsmans and Jenny Cresswell. Her PhD thesis examined different approaches to measuring the unmet need for caesareans in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. 




Francesca teaches on the module Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH) and on the Distance Learning module Statistical Methods in Epidemiology. 


Francesca is a Research Fellow in Epidemiology within the Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET) at LSHTM. She is currently working on an impact evaluation of the Informed Push Model (IPM) in Senegal, a supply chain system intervention aiming to reduce contraceptive stock-outs within health facilities. Francesca will be using secondary data from the SPA and DHS, as well as primary data collected from health facilities, in order to help determine whether the IPM contributed to improving contraceptive availability and increasing family planning use in Senegal.

Research areas

  • Complex interventions
  • Evaluation
  • Maternal health
  • Perinatal health
  • Reproductive health


  • Demography
  • Epidemiology


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Senegal

Other interests

  • Centre for Evaluation
  • Complex Surveys
  • Family Planning
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