Dr Laura Braun

Assistant Professor

United Kingdom

As part of the Environmental Health Group, I co-ordinate two research studies: TISA in northern Senegal and SaniVac in Mozambique. The TISA trial is assessing the effectiveness of a simple WASH kit in terms of severe acute malnutrition recovery rates in children, and is run in collaboration with Action Contre la Faim. The SaniVac study in Maputo is evaluating the impact of sanitation on health among children living in dense urban areas of Maputo. I also lead a research project evaluating the impact of extreme weather events on schistosomiasis transmission in Madagascar.

Prior to joining LSHTM, I completed my PhD at Imperial College London as part of the WISER project. The research determined the effectiveness of water treatment processes against schistosome cercariae, the parasite larvae that lead to schistosomiasis infection. I hold a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University and a Master's degree from Imperial College London.


Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


At LSHTM, I am a Module Organiser for the WASH and Health module, and lecture on the Diploma in Tropical Nursing (DTN) and Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTMH).

I also co-supervise/tutor PhD and MSc students at LSHTM, Imperial College London and Aberystwyth University.


My main research interest is the link between WASH and NTDs, especially schistosomiasis, and how climate change affects transmission.
Research Area
Child health
Disease control
Environmental Health
Disease and Health Conditions
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Tropical diseases

Selected Publications

Associations between Shared Sanitation, Stunting and Diarrhoea in Low-Income, High Density Urban Neighbourhoods of Maputo, Mozambique - a Cross-Sectional Study.
BRAUN, L; MacDougall, A; Sumner, T; Adriano, Z; Viegas, E; Nalá, R; Brown, J; KNEE, J; CUMMING, O;
Maternal and child health journal
Determinants of Willingness to Pay for Fecal Sludge Management Services and Knowledge Gaps: A Scoping Review.
TOMOI, H; MACLEOD, C; Moriyasu, T; Simiyu, S; ROSS, I; CUMMING, O; BRAUN, L;
Environmental science & technology
Risk factors for food contamination among children discharged from community management of acute malnutrition programmes in South Sudan: A cross-sectional study and hazard analysis critical control point approach.
WELLS, J; Abugo, DG; Angong, J; Lamwaka, NG; Gallandat, K; Hassan, JL; Deng, L; Save, D; BRAUN, L; Gose, M; Amanya, J; Ayoub, K; King, S; Stobaugh, H; CUMMING, O; D'MELLO-GUYETT, L;
Maternal & child nutrition
Willingness to pay for faecal sludge management services - a scoping review
TOMOI, H; MACLEOD, C; Moriyasu, T; Simiyu, S; ROSS, I; CUMMING, O; BRAUN, L;
Research Square
Recommendations for hand hygiene in community settings: a scoping review of current international guidelines.
MACLEOD, C; BRAUN, L; Caruso, BA; Chase, C; Chidziwisano, K; Chipungu, J; DREIBELBIS, R; Ejemot-Nwadiaro, R; Gordon, B; Esteves Mills, J; CUMMING, O;
BMJ open
Associations between shared sanitation, stunting and diarrhoea in low-income, high density urban neighbourhoods of Maputo, Mozambique - a cross-sectional study
BRAUN, L; MacDougall, A; Sumner, T; Adriano, Z; Viegas, E; Nala, R; Brown, J; Knee, J; CUMMING, O;
Research Square
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