Caroline Lynch MSc PhD

Assistant Professor Epidemiology

Background

I am PI for the Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET) which is conducting research on the private health sector’s role in delivering maternal health care. As part of this work, MET is evaluating select Merck for Mothers-supported interventions in Low- and Middle- Income Countries including India, Senegal, Uganda, United States and Zambia.  The teams work is contributing to evidence on the use, quality, equity, and market dynamics of private maternal health services, and whether interventions, such as social franchising, can increase access to lifesaving care for all women.  We are affliated with the MARCH centre and Maternal and Newborn Health Group in LSHTM.

I originally trained as a parasitologist and epidemiologist, with specific interest in malaria control having worked on malaria in fragile states for the last 15 years. My PhD work looked at the impact of internal migration on malaria in Uganda and I continue to work on projects looking at the impact of migration on health. More recently, I have worked on National Malaria Strategic Plan Development, Monitoring & Evaluation and Operational Research throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. I continue to work on malaria through the LINK project led by Prof. David Schellenberg which is focussed on strengthening data for decision-making by National Malaria Control Programmes in 14 countries in Subsaharan Africa.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

I co-organise and teach on Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries which is a module aimed at giving students a realistic experience of working within a group to design and plan disease control including; how to undertake a situational analysis, theories of change, identifying underlying assumptions behind interventions, using evidence to guide programme design, understanding critical pathways and monitoring and evaluation.

I also tutor on the Distance Learning Control of Infectious Disease MSc and teach monitoring and evaluation on Sexually Transmitted Infections module.

Research

My research interest is in movement, either the movement of people and resulting impact on health, the movement of resistant parasites, or the diffusion of interventions through populations.

Currently I am leading on an evaluation of the Informed Push Model for distribution of Family Planning commodities in Senegal as part of MET. This is a multi-dimensional evaluation looking at the effect of the intervention on stock availability and modern contraceptive prevalence rate, the process of implementation and characteristics of the intervention, the cost and cost-effectiveness of IPM and the overall health system context within which the intervention is being implemented. 

I am also working in collaboration with Makerere University and the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) to examine migration, health and access to health services, among labour migrants in Uganda.

Research areas

  • Conflict
  • Disease control
  • Drug resistance
  • Evaluation
  • Evidence use
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Global Health
  • Impact evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Infectious disease policy
  • Maternal health
  • Migration
  • Outbreaks
  • Parasites
  • Public health
  • Spatial analysis

Disciplines

  • Demography
  • Epidemiology
  • GIS/Spatial analysis
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Management
  • Operational research
  • Parasitology
  • Vector biology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Malaria
  • Vector borne disease

Regions

  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • Pacific island small states
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Countries

  • Burundi
  • Congo, Dem. Rep.
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Other interests

  • Asia-Pacific region
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