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Dr Karl Blanchet

PhD MScPH Master of Management

Associate Professor
in Health Systems Research

Room
Room 324

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
07815797906

Karl Blanchet is the Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre. Karl has a background in public health and extensive experience in conflicts (Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Somaliland, Lebanon) and health system strengthening in Asia (Cambodia, Bangladesh, Nepal) and Africa (Niger, Rwanda, Ghana, Togo, Mali, Somaliland).

Karl has specific interests in studying resilience issues in global health and more specifically in post-conflict and conflict-affected countries. Karl has developed innovative research approaches based on complexity science, system thinking and social network analysis. Karl also applied innovation theories to understand the routinisation process of health interventions. 

Karl is a member of the technical working group on Research on Global Health Emergencies at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Karl is also a core member of the UHC2030 Technical Working Group on support to countries with fragile or challenging operating environments,  and a member of the WHO technical working group on Health Systems Assessment and the WHO technical working group on SRH in emergencies.

Karl also gave an LSHTM TED Talkx on health systems and complexity.

Affiliations

Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Centres

Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Teaching

Karl is the Lead Educator of the MOOC Health in Humanitarian Crises launched in 2017. Karl is also the co-Organiser of the face-to-face LSHTM Module on Conflict and Health.

Lectures on "Process Evaluation", "Social network analysis in health systemes research", "Introduction to Health Systems Research", "Health policy or health politics?", "physical rehabilitation in conflict-affected and post-conflict countries".

Karl is also running a module at Science Po Paris on health system assessment in humanitarian crises.

Research

His main research interest is to understand how health service managers in the South make decisions about the future. Karl is particularly interested in understanding the resilience of local health systems by introducing notions of system dynamics and complexity science.

Karl is currently working on several studies:

  • The development of priority healthcare packages in Afghanistan.
  • Syrian-led refugee initiatives in Lebanon.
  • The resilience of health systems during conflicts and disease outbreaks.
  • The impact of prosthetics and orthotics on quality of life in Myanmar (ICRC).
  • The use of electronic protocols in child health in Burkina Faso with Terre des hommes: a stepped-wedge trial and realistic evaluation.

Karl is a member of the editorial board of the BMC journal Health Research Policy and Systems and BMC Conflict and HealthKarl is a member of the editing Committee of the journal Humanitarian Alternatives. Karl is also a reviewer for several scientific journals: BMJ; Health Policy and Planning, BMC Health Services; PLoS Medicine; Plos NTDs; BMC Health and Conflict; Medicine, Conflict and Survival; Disability and Rehabilitation.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical guidelines
Complex interventions
Conflict
Decision analysis
Globalisation
Health policy
Health services research
Health systems
Organisational research
Quality improvement
Surveillance
Systematic reviews
Health workers
Disease control
Electronic health records
Evaluation
Global Health
Implementation research
Rehabilitation
Violence
Discipline
Operational research
Policy analysis
Sociology
Social Sciences
Management
Disease and Health Conditions
Disability
Emerging Infectious Disease
Non-communicable diseases
Country
Afghanistan
Burkina Faso
Ethiopia
Ghana
Cambodia
Lebanon
Myanmar
Nepal
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Sudan
Chad
Togo
Tanzania
Region
Arab World
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Least developed countries: UN classification
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Towards an understanding of resilience: responding to health systems shocks.
Hanefeld, J. ; Mayhew, S. ; Legido-Quigley, H. ; Martineau, F. ; Karanikolos, M. ; Blanchet, K. ; Liverani, M. ; Yei Mokuwa, E. ; McKay, G. ; Balabanova, D. ;
2018
Health Policy Plan
Syrian refugees in Greece: experience with violence, mental health status, and access to information during the journey and while in Greece.
Ben Farhat, J. ; Blanchet, K. ; Juul Bjertrup, P. ; Veizis, A. ; Perrin, C. ; Coulborn, R.M. ; Mayaud, P. ; Cohuet, S. ;
2018
BMC Med
Evidence on public health interventions in humanitarian crises.
Blanchet, K. ; Ramesh, A. ; Frison, S. ; Warren, E. ; Hossain, M. ; Smith, J. ; Knight, A. ; Post, N. ; Lewis, C. ; Woodward, A. ; Dahab, M. ; Ruby, A. ; Sistenich, V. ; Pantuliano, S. ; Roberts, B. ;
2017
Lancet
Syrian refugees in Lebanon: the search for universal health coverage.
Blanchet, K. ; Fouad, F.M. ; Pherali, T. ;
2016
Confl Health
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