Mahoko Kamatsuchi BA MA MPH DrPH

Research Degree Student Doctorate in Public Health


Mahoko Kamatsuchi's professional background includes over 20 years of managing, advising, analyzing and researching on health and nutrition programs relevant to maternal child health and survival in developing countries with UNICEF, World Bank, Harvard School of Public Health and LSHTM.

At UNICEF, she served as Chief of Child Survival/Health, as well as Nutrition Specialist in the Democratic Republic of Congo; maternal health program manager in Indonesia; regional Nutrition Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean based in Panama; and basic services delivery program manager in Mexico.  As Nutrition Specialist at the World Bank, she advised the governments of Uzbekistan and Niger to strategise on their health and nutrition national policies.  As Public Health analyst also at the World Bank, she collaborated in Iran's health sector reform analysis.  Her position at Harvard School of Public Health was Senior Adviser of integrated health & nutrition projects under PEPFAR for Tanzania. She served as Emergency relief coordinator during the 1999 East Timor crisis based in West Timor, Indonesia, and supported the emergency responses in health and nutrition in eastern DRC.  Mahoko also elaborated a Health Systems Strengthening tool for Save the Children-UK.

Mahoko's educational degrees include: Doctorate in Public Health from LSHTM; Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health; Masters in International Relations from Sophia University, Japan; postgraduate diploma in Food & Nutrition Security from Wageningen University, the Netherlands; and Licenciatura en Letras from Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile.




Her research focus is on integrated maternal and child health services delivery and health systems analysis. Particular focus is on human resources for health, district strengthening, campaign-style service delivery and its relation to routine immunisation, with an in-depth analysis on Zambia's integrated delivery of high impact maternal and child health interventions. She also quantitatively analyzed the current global situation of integrated child health events and assessed the number and types of interventions delivered and their effect on health service delivery coverage outcomes.

Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Capacity strengthening
  • Child health
  • Global Health
  • Health outcomes
  • Health policy
  • Health services
  • Health services research
  • Health systems
  • Health workers
  • Immunisation
  • Implementation research
  • Infectious disease policy
  • Maternal health
  • Micronutrients
  • Organisational research
  • Primary care
  • Reproductive health


  • Development studies
  • Management
  • Nutrition
  • Operational research
  • Policy analysis

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Malaria
  • Malnutrition
  • Measles


  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Congo, Dem. Rep.
  • Cuba
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia
  • Iran, Islamic Rep.
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Mexico
  • Niger
  • Panama
  • Tanzania
  • Uzbekistan

Other interests

  • Child Survival
  • Community Based Health Agents
  • Community Health Volunteers
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community Mobilisation
  • Community health services
  • Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition
  • DR Congo
  • Developing countries
  • Diarrhoeal diseases
  • Evidence-based Policies
  • Evidence-informed health policy making
  • Global Health Initiatives
  • Health In Fragile Countries
  • Health Service Integration
  • Infectious Diseases
  • International Organisation
  • International development
  • Maternal And Child Health
  • Nutritional Programming
  • Program Management
  • Public health
  • South America
  • Southeast Asia
  • Zambia
  • evidence based policies
  • fragile states
  • global health
  • health systems strengthening
  • helminths
  • maternal health
  • nutrition
  • sub-saharan africa
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