Dr Seyi Soremekun BSc MSc PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Background

I did my MSc in Medical Parasitology at the LSHTM, followed by a year working as a researcher in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Department at Imperial College. My PhD (Warwick University) focused on the immuno-epidemiology of visceral leishmaniasis in Brazil. I am currently a Lecturer based in the Maternal and Child Health Intervention Research Group at the LSHTM. My research interests are broadly aimed at designing and evaluating low-cost interventions and programmes (mainly community-based) to reduce the burden of disease in children and mothers in low-income settings. As well as programme design, my particular expertises are in sampling/randomisation techniques, manipulation and analysis of large datasets from complex interventions.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

I am the module organiser for the module Study Design: Writing a Grant Proposal (MSc Epidemiology DL)

I also teach on the following MSc modules and short courses:

Infection and Nutrition (Faculty ITD, DL)

Designs and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (Faculty EPH)

Basic Epidemiology (Faculty EPH)

Introduction to Epidemiology and Medical Statistics (Summer short course)

I have supervised several student projects on topics including HIV treatment failure in children in Africa, effects of antimalarial treatment in children already on malaria drug prophylaxis, risk factors for incorrect treatment for diarrhoea, and the impact of the demographic and health behaviours of male heads of households on the family uptake of health insurance. I'm always interested in collaborating with students on their projects so if you have an idea for a study do get in touch with me.

Research

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

NEWHINTS STUDY: The WHO/DFID/SNL-funded ‘Newhints’ randomised controlled trial assessing the impact of routine home visits by community health volunteers during pregnancy and after delivery on neonatal mortality in rural Ghana. We are also interested in the effect of the health volunteer scheme on the level and type of infant care (immediately post birth and in the first year of life) provided by mothers.

INSCALE PROJECT: A collaboration with the Malaria Consortium (malariaconsortium.org) and the Institute of Global Health at UCL on the Inscale project, which builds on the WHO/UNICEF-endorsed Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood diseases (iCCM) strategy. This involves the training of community based agents (CBAs) to counsel, diagnose and treat cases of malaria, diarrhoea, and pneumonia in children under five years of age in areas where access to facility-based services is poor. Inscale is a Gates Foundation-funded project which is trialling two novel and innovative community and mHealth-based programmes to improve CHW motivation, retention and performance in two sites in rural east Africa (Uganda and Mozambique). As part of the project objectives, I will design and carry out an impact evaluation of the programmes on the coverage of appropriately treated children and other health parameters. These outcomes will be compared to areas without the interventions (control clusters).

AMANHI PROJECT: A WHO-coordinated, Gates Foundation-funded multi-country project (AMANHI) to evaluate the distribution of causes of death of babies and women of reproductive age. We use verbal post mortem data (VPM) collected during large-scale conducted as part of newborn health studies in low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia. By harmonising data from multiple sites, the Amanhi VPM study will produce one of the largest datasets of newborn and maternal health indicators to help us better understand the epidemiology of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. I am the coordinator for the Ghana site.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

I also really enjoy being involved other activities at the LSHTM or pertinent to the wider scientific community. I was Managing Editor of the journal Emerging Themes in Epidemiology for 5 years, and am alumni of the Royal Society MP-Pairing Scheme. As part of the contribution of the LSHTM, I developed and directed a successful exhibition on "Ancient Cures" for the 2013 Bloomsbury Festival, and co-developed and produced the short film "What makes a Woman in Science?" shown as part of the LSHTM's Women in Science exhibition (2015). I am committed to promoting the work of scientists to the public and particularly to encouraging young students to become more involved if they show interest: I work with schools in West London as a STEM Ambassador, and co-organise the LSHTM's award winning Young Scientists programme.

Research areas

  • Child health
  • Complex interventions
  • Disease control
  • Infectious disease policy

Disciplines

  • Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunoepidemiology
  • Parasitology
  • Vector biology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Leishmaniasis
  • Malaria

Regions

  • Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Countries

  • Ghana
  • Mozambique
  • Uganda
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