Barbara Willey BA MAOxon MSc PhD

Assistant Professor in Epidemiology


I am an epidemiologist, based within the Tropical Epidemiology Group, with research interests in the following areas: malaria control; newborn health and survival; health systems research, and delivery and evaluation of complex interventions. 

I completed a BA in Human Sciences at Oxford and an MSc in Epidemiology at LSHTM (2002). My doctorate investigated the association between household measures of socio-economic status and child malnutrition in children from Soweto, South Africa.




I am a tutor for masters students on MSc Epidemiology and MSc Public Health in Developing Countries, and teach on a number of epidemiology and statistics modules, as well as Epidemiology and Control of Malaria.


I currently work as an epidemiologist for the EQUIP study, an EU-funded intervention study,involving Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, Makerere University in Uganda, Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania and Evaplan in Germany as well as LSHTM. The intervention consists of a quality management approach that links communities and health facilities empowered by locally generated high quality health data from continuous health surveys complemented by data from health facilities. 

Previously at LSHTM I have worked on Phase 1 of the Affordable Medcines Facility- malaria (AMFm), which was a multi-country assessment of an initiative by The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria to improve the affordability of and access to quality-assured artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) to treat malaria. I have also worked on a cluster randomised controlled trial of Intermittent Preventive Treatment for malaria in Infants (IPTi) in southern Tanzania.

I have conducted a number of systematic reviews that focus on malaria control and health systems.

In addition to my work in malaria, I also have an interest in newborn health and survival and have worked on a pooled analysis of data from four East African countries, estimating the risk of neonatal mortality associated with low birth weight, small for gestational age and preterm birth.

I am co-theme lead for Design and Analysis within the Evaluation Centre, a member of the Malaria Centre, the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group (TEG), and the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH).

Research areas

  • Child health
  • Health systems
  • Neonatal health
  • Statistical methods
  • Systematic reviews


  • Epidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Malaria

Other interests

  • Centre for Evaluation
  • Malaria Centre
  • Tropical Epidemiology Group
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