Dr Manuela Colombini PhD

Assistant Professor Gender-based violence

Background

I am a social scientist with a background in health policy analysis. I conduct research in gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health services in sub-saharan Africa and South-East Asia. I hold an MSc in gender and development from the London School of Economics. After having previously worked for nearly 5 years on gender and reproductive health and rights issues (focussing on development and running of capacity bulding modules) at the World Health Organization, I joined the School end September 2005. My PhD was on the barriers and enabling factors affecting the integration of health sector response to intimate partner violence in Malaysia.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

I am co-organiser of the Family Planning Programmes module. I teach on the Family Planning Programmes; Health Policy, Process and Power (seminar leader); Research, Design and Analysis (Ethics);  Diploma in Tropical Nursing; Short course on Researching gender-based violence. I am a course tutor for the MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research.

Research

My main research interests include gender-based violence and health sector responses, and integration of SRH services.

I currently work on two research projects. I am condcuting a health systems and policy analysis in Sri Lanka and Nepal to inform the development of health interventions integrating gender-based violence in antenatal settings.

I also conduct research for the Integra Initiative, a multi-country study investigating the integration of SRH and HIV services. This study is a partnership between LSHTM, Population Council and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Areas of focus are: fertility intentions among women living with HIV; perceptions of HIV-related stigma among HIV positive women attending SRH services; providers' views and experiences of integration of care; and experiences and risks of domestic and sexual violence among HIV positive women's attending postnatal care services.

I also undertook research on health sector responses to gender-based violence in Malaysia. In particular, I analysed challenges and enabling factors of a specific health model where services to abused women have been integrated into available services at secondary and tertiary care hospitals.

Research areas

  • Evaluation
  • Gender
  • Health care policy
  • Health policy
  • Health services research
  • Health systems
  • Implementation research
  • Qualitative methods
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexual health
  • Violence

Disciplines

  • Epidemiology
  • Policy analysis
  • Political science
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • HIV/AIDS

Regions

  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Countries

  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Swaziland

Other interests

  • Gender Analysis
  • Gender And Health
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Gender Violence
  • Health Personnel
  • Health Policy Process
  • Health Service Integration
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • health systems strengthening
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