Dr Matthew Chico


Assistant Professor
of Public Health

Room 419

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

207 927 2841

207 436 5389

I currently lead clinical research in East and Southern Africa that is focused on improving prevention and care of infectious diseases in pregnancy.  I serve as a member of the Research Governance Committee at LSHTM and an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE.  Before moving to the UK, I was the Health Advisor for USAID in Rwanda where he led operational planning for the President's Malaria Initiative.  Prior to this, I was the Director of the Americas Region at International Services of the American Red Cross where I spearheaded partnerships with the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization, the UN Foundation, and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to scale up the community component of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness. Prior to this, I worked in the United States Senate as a staff member, overseeing legislative affairs related to health service delivery in rural areas.  I was a Peace Corps volunteer, as well, serving in the Republic of Kiribati, Central Pacific.

I earned my PhD in clinical epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of London, UK, and my MPH from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA, in International Health Policy and Programming.  I was also a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA, USA.


Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Disease Control


Malaria Centre
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I lecturer in several MSc modules including:

(1) Epidemiology and Control of Malaria 

(2) Current Issues in Safe Motherhood and Perinatal Health 

(3) Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries 

(4) Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections 

(5) Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries 



Research Area
Child health
Maternal health
Sexual health
Disease control
Global Health
Health services
Operational research
Vector biology
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Sexually transmitted disease
Sexually transmitted infection
Tropical diseases
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Least developed countries: UN classification
Pacific island small states
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Relationships Between Measures of Malaria at Delivery and Adverse Birth Outcomes in a High-Transmission Area of Uganda.
Ategeka J; Kakuru A; Kajubi R; Wasswa R; Ochokoru H; Arinaitwe E; Yeka A; Jagannathan P; Kamya MR; Muehlenbachs A
The Journal of infectious diseases
Factors that influence vaccination decision-making among pregnant women: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Kilich E; Dada S; Francis MR; Tazare J; Chico RM; Paterson P; Larson HJ
PloS one
Awareness and Preparedness of Hospital Staff against Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019): A Global Survey - Study Protocol
Qarawi ATA; Ng SJ; Gad A; Mai LN; AL-Ahdal TMA; Sharma A; Huan VT; Vuong NL; Tawfik GM; Hashan MR
SSRN Electronic Journal
Overall, anti-malarial, and non-malarial effect of intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine on birthweight: a mediation analysis.
Roh ME; Kuile FOT; Rerolle F; Glymour MM; Shiboski S; Gosling R; Gutman J; Kakuru A; Desai M; Kajubi R
The Lancet. Global health
Will More of the Same Achieve Malaria Elimination? Results from an Integrated Macroeconomic Epidemiological Demographic Model.
Smith RD; Keogh-Brown MR; Chico RM; Bretscher MT; Drakeley C; Jensen HT
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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