Jeroen Ensink MSc PhD

Senior Lecturer Public Health Engineering


I have a MSc in water resource management from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and completed my PhD at the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (ITD) at the LSHTM.

From 1998 to 2006 I worked for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and India on projects investigating the impact of (agricultural) water management on human health.

I was employed by the LSHTM in 2006 in the Environmental Health Group and work on the use of wastewater in agriculture and broadly on the health impact of water supply and sanitation in low and middle income countries.




I am the ITD course director for the MSc Public Health in Developing Countries, and DCD Research Degree coordinator. Together with Prof Sandy Cairncross I organises the module Tropical Environmental Health which focusses on water supply, sanitation and hygiene in low and middle income countries. In addition I provide lectures to different modules on diarrhoea control, water scarcity and wastewater use in agriculture, and water management for vector control.

I currently supervise 3 PhD students: Frank Mng'ong'o is conducting his PhD research in Tanzania on household drinking water quality improvements; testing the use of Moringa oleifera and tippy taps. Richard Chunga works on the reasons for adoption (and non adoption) of ecological sanitation in Malawi, and Aurelie Jeandron is looking at the impact of city-wide water supply improvements on endemic cholera in Uvira, DRC.

I am a tutor on the MSc Medical Parasitology, Control of Infectious Diseases and Public Health in Developing Countries


I am the PI of project supported by the French Development Agency and the Veolia Foundation that aims to assess the impact of city-wide water supply improvements on endemic cholera. Towards the end of 2015/early 2016 the water supply system in the city of Uvira (South Kivu), Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will be upgraded, and is expected to result in both a higher availability of water, and an increased reliability. Uvira is a hotspot for cholera.

I further work together with MSF (B) to evaluate WASH intervertions during cholera outbreaks.

Within the DFID supported SHARE consortium, I lead the capacity building component of the project and coordinate research activities in Tanzania and Malawi. In Tanzania we intend to explore the role of hands in the transmission of STH, by roling out an intensive handwashing with soap campaign in schools.

I work on several grants, that are spin-offs from a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, that aimed to reduce pit latrine fill-up.

Research areas

  • Environmental Health
  • Helminths
  • Hygiene
  • Sanitation
  • Water


  • Engineering
  • Epidemiology
  • Operational research
  • Parasitology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Diarrhoeal diseases


  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Congo, Dem. Rep.
  • India
  • Malawi
  • Pakistan
  • Tanzania
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