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Dr Caroline Ackley

BA MA PhD

Distance Learning Tutor

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I hold a PhD in Medical Anthropology from UCL and have worked in the Horn of Africa since 2009.

My PhD examined Somaliland women's life course as an entanglement of moralities, time, and selves.  It ethnographically explored the relationships women have with their bodies, other women in the community, the divine, and their husbands.  

My current research is based in Harar and Kersa, Ethiopia as part of Hararghe Health Research where I am the lead social scientist. I lead 3 funded research studies (1) Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance CHAMPS, (2) Unlocking the silence on stillbirth, and (3) Antimicrobial resistance.  

My recent work has combined medical anthropology and material culture looking at experiences of female genital cutting in Somaliland, and minimally invasive tissue sampling in Ethiopia.  I continue to be interested in women's life course development, sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence, and community health.  I am also interested in participatory methods like Theatre for Development and knowledge co-production.

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Teaching

I am a distance learning tutor for MSc Public Health Policy and Global Health Policy.

Research

I hold a PhD in Medical Anthropology from UCL and has worked in the Greater Horn of Africa since 2009. My PhD examined Somaliland women's life course as an entanglement of moralities, time, and selves. It ethnographically explored the relationships women have with their bodies, other women in the community, the divine, and their husbands.  

I was based in Harar, Ethiopia from 2017-2019 as a Research Fellow in Anthropology.  During this time Iwas the lead social scientist for the Hararghe Health Research Partnership, and led the social science component of 3 funded research studies (1) Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance CHAMPS, (2) Unlocking the silence on stillbirth, and (3) Antimicrobial resistance. 

In 2019 I co-led a qualitative methods training and research symposium titled ‘Anthropological Approaches to Understanding Child and Maternal Mortality, and Recommendations for Improving Health Outcomes in Ethiopia’ thanks to the UCL Global Engagement Fund. Participants included early career researchers and scholars from Ethiopia whose research has been published on the UCL Medical Anthropology Blog.

I am currently implementing a photo-voice and mural painting project through the LSHTM Public Engagement Small Grants Scheme. The project engages lead mothers in the Women’s Development Army and the Women and Social Affairs Office in Kersa District, Ethiopia. It aims to explore positive aspects of child health, and to shift the narrative from one that focuses only on negative health behaviours and outcomes to include positive behaviours and practices that support healthy children.

I am also leading a series of British Academy Writing Workshops titled Writing about Health in Times of Transitions: Supporting New and Emerging Voices in Sudan and Ethiopia. The workshops bring together early career academics who are at the front lines of change and are working towards becoming leading academics in their country. 

Research Area
Child health
Maternal health
Public health
Adolescent health
Ethics
Gender
Ethnography
Reproductive health
Discipline
Anthropology
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Country
Ethiopia
Sudan
Somalia
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Using Participatory Workshops to Assess Alignment or Tension in the Community for Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling Prior to Start of Child Mortality Surveillance: Lessons From 5 Sites Across the CHAMPS Network.
Blevins J; O'Mara Sage E; Kone A; Maixenchs M; Raghunathan PL; Guilaze RA; Cossa S; Girma Z; Zegeye Y; Ackley C
2019
Clinical Infectious Diseases
Investigating the Feasibility of Child Mortality Surveillance With Postmortem Tissue Sampling: Generating Constructs and Variables to Strengthen Validity and Reliability in Qualitative Research.
O'Mara Sage E; Munguambe KR; Blevins J; Guilaze R; Kosia B; Maixenchs M; Bassat Q; Mandomando I; Kaiser R; Kone A
2019
Clinical Infectious Diseases
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