Dr Neha Singh BA MPH PhD

Research Fellow in Health Systems and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health


I am a public health specialist with experience in both quantitative and qualitative research in addition to programme implementation. I received my MPH in Health Behaviour and Health Education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on East Africa, and my PhD at LSHTM while coordinating a multi-country trial in Asia and Latin America to improve child health.

I am interested in conducting health policy and systems research to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health in vulnerable populations and in low- and middle-income countries. Until recently, I was the technical coordinator for the health policy and systems technical working group as part of Countdown to 2030 (formerly Countdown to 2015) — a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional consortium that uses country-specific data to stimulate and support country progress towards achieving global goals tracking maternal and child mortality.




I co-organise the Family Planning Programmes module, and contribute to teaching and tutoring on the Reproductive and Sexual Health Research MSc course, and on the Health Policy, Process and Power module.


I currently work on the following three research studies across LSHTM's EPH and PHP Faculties with a focus on health systems and policy research to improve women’s and children’s health in crises settings and low- and middle-income countries:

1. A study examining the mechanisms and effects of performance based financing to improve maternal and child health in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

2. A mixed method study to assess the evidence base for providing sexual and reproductive health interventions including the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) in humanitarian crises settings.

3. The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) metrics measurement improvement work to improve coverage and service readiness data. My role is to provide technical guidance on the design and implementation of qualitative research across the three components of the study, which take place in Bangladesh, Tanzania, Nepal and Malawi. 

Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Child health
  • Food
  • Health care policy
  • Health policy
  • Health promotion
  • Health systems
  • Implementation research
  • Maternal health
  • Mixed methods
  • Mobile technologies
  • Public health
  • Qualitative methods
  • Reproductive health


  • Epidemiology
  • Nutrition
  • Operational research
  • Policy analysis

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Malnutrition


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


  • Afghanistan
  • China
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Thailand

Other interests

  • Community Health Workers
  • Community Mobilisation
  • Evaluation
  • Evidence-based Policies
  • Health Related Behaviour
  • Health System Performance
  • Low And Middle Income Countries
  • Nutritional Programming
  • Participatory Approaches To Health
  • Participatory Research
  • health systems strengthening
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