Bianca DSouza BSPH MSc

Manager - UK Public Health Rapid Support Team


I'm currently working as the interim manager, helping set up mechanisms for and the operational research portfolio of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (PHRST) which is a joint project between LSHTM and Public Health England, funded by the UK Department of Health, to respond to and investigate outbreaks that have the potential to become significant global public health events.

Until recently I managed the ACT Consortium, a $40m global research partnership funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to answer key questions to optimize the delivery and use of antimalarials in Africa and Asia. During that time I also helped launch and provided support for the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee to the WHO Global Malaria Programme.

I am currently enrolled as a part-time DrPH student in the Department of Global Health and Development within the Faculty of Public Health and Policy.  There I am a member of the GRIP-Health group where my research focuses on increasing and improving the use of evidence in the health policy making process.  

I have an MSc in the control of infectious disease from LSHTM and a BSPH in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Prior to joining LSHTM in July 2008 I worked for Public Health England to improve tuberculosis control in London. Before moving to the UK, I worked for an international HIV/AIDS treatment initiative at New York Presbyterian Hospital and in international blindness prevention at ORBIS International and their Flying Eye Hospital.




I tutor students on the MSc-CID course, and on the Malaria module.


My DrPH research focuses on the evidence to policy process, in particular the use of evidence in policy making.

Research areas

  • Capacity strengthening
  • Disease control
  • Evidence use
  • Global Health
  • Health policy
  • Health systems
  • Implementation research
  • Infectious disease policy
  • Organisational research
  • Outbreaks
  • Research : policy relationship


  • Operational research
  • Policy analysis
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Malaria
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Tuberculosis


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • World

Other interests

  • Evidence-informed health policy making
  • Health Policy Process
  • governance and institutional strengthening
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