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Professor Francesco Checchi

OBE MHS PhD

Professor
of Epidemiology and International Health

Room
G15a

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7612 7861

I am an epidemiologist whose main expertise is quantitative public health measurement and disease control in crisis (armed conflict, natural disaster, epidemic) settings. I have worked for Médecins Sans Frontières, the World Health Organization and as a consultant for a variety of other agencies. I have spent several years at the School (2004-2012, 2017-present), and in between led Save the Children UK's humanitarian health team.

I have mixed experience in research, policy formulation and operational programme delivery in difficult and insecure settings. By mixed I mean diverse...although come to think of it some of it is definitely mixed.

I haven't managed to settle on a specific topic, though I have done work on malaria, human African trypanosomiasis, tuberculosis, cholera, Ebola, acute malnutrition, vaccines, and COVID-19. I've also worked a fair bit on methods for surveillance, surveys and field epidemiology in general.

My views on and tentative proposals for the future of humanitarian health are in this inaugural lecture which they made me do. It's from 2017, but I'm not really sure anything has changed in the humanitarian system since then...if anyone knows of something that's actually improved, please write with URGENT in the subject matter.

Languages: Italian, English, French. I can read German, Spanish and Portuguese, but don't ask me to write anything back.

R scripts and data: https://github.com/francescochecchi

Publications: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=checchi+f&sort=date

 

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Teaching

MSc module Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (co-organiser)

MSc module Conflict & Health

MSc module Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries

MSc in Humanitarian Health (co-director, under development)

Unfortunately I'm unable at present to take on any more research degree students.

Research

Most of my work (the 8% left over after grant management and emails) is focussed on populations affected by crises due to armed conflict, food insecurity and natural disasters. Within this general setting, I currently work mainly on the following topics:

- mortality estimation in crisis settings;

- adapting vaccination strategies for displaced people and other crisis settings (especially but not only the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine).

Through PhD students and collaborators, I also support work on cholera outbreak control, epidemic risk perceptions, epidemic response evaluation and the effects of armed conflict on health services.

I'm on the Equity Reference Group for Immunization and the Partnership Team of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

I'm trying to decolonise my practice, particularly when it comes to partnering with colleagues in low-income countries (see our recently established Afya Consortium).

Research Area
Conflict
Migration
Natural disasters
Outbreaks

Selected Publications

COVID-19 control in low-income settings and displaced populations: what can realistically be done?
Dahab M; van Zandvoort K; Flasche S; Warsame A; Ratnayake R; Favas C; Spiegel PB; Waldman RJ; Checchi F
2020
Conflict and Health
Excess mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic in Aden governorate, Yemen: a geospatial and statistical analysis
Koum Besson E; Norris A; Bin Ghouth A; Freemantle T; Alhaffar M; Vazquez Y; Reeve C; Curran P; Checchi F
2020
medRxiv
Highly targeted spatiotemporal interventions against cholera epidemics, 2000-19: a scoping review.
Ratnayake R; Finger F; Azman AS; Lantagne D; Funk S; Edmunds WJ; Checchi F
2020
Lancet Infectious Diseases
Response strategies for COVID-19 epidemics in African settings: a mathematical modelling study.
van Zandvoort K; Jarvis CI; Pearson CAB; Davies NG; CMMID COVID-19 working group; Ratnayake R; Russell TW; Kucharski AJ; Jit M; Flasche S
2020
BMC Medicine
Deaths, injuries and detentions during civil demonstrations in Sudan: a secondary data analysis.
Dahab M; Abdelmagid N; Kodouda A; Checchi F
2019
Conflict and Health
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine use during humanitarian crises.
van Zandvoort K; Checchi F; Diggle E; Eggo RM; Gadroen K; Mulholland K; McGowan CR; le Polain de Waroux O; Rao VB; Satzke C
2019
Vaccine
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