Dr Matthew Chico
of Public Health
Matthew has been at the London School since 2006, conducting research to improve the care of infectious diseases and nutritional deficiencies in pregnancy. He has particular interest in the prevention and treatment of malaria and curable sexually transmitted / reproductive tract infections in pregnancy as part of the focused antenatal care package that is recommended by the World Health Organization. He has been a member of the Faculty Senate and the senior leadership team at London School's Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive, and Child Health (MARCH).
Before moving to the UK, Matthew was the Health Advisor for the United States Agency for International Development in Rwanda where he led in-country operational planning for the President's Malaria Initiative. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Americas Region at International Services of the American Red Cross. Among other duties, he spearheaded a 10-country partnership with the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization, the United Nations Foundation, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, implementing the community component of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness. Prior to this, Matthew worked in the United States Senate as a staff member overseeing legislative affairs related to health service delivery in rural areas. Matthew was a Peace Corps volunteer, as well, serving in the Republic of Kiribati, Central Pacific.
He earned his PhD in clinical epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of London, UK, and his MPH from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA, in International Health Policy and Programming. He 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.
Matthew lecturers in several MSc modules including:
(1) Epidemiology and Control of Malaria (current)
(2) Current Issues in Safe Motherhood and Perinatal Health (current)
(3) Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries (current)
(4) Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections (current)
(5) Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries (current)
22 January 2016: How We Can Save Nearly Half A Million Lives This Year...
"Malaria and syphilis: leading infectious causes of stillbirth at global level" highlights new findings that these two infections cause more than 420,000 stillbirths between them every year. In sub-Saharan Africa, this translates into three of every 10 stillbirths annually that can be prevented.
The Global Call to Action is aimed at increasing coverage of intermittent preventive treamtent of malaria in pregnancy. The podcast is from an interview on the programme Africa Today as broadcast by Channel Africa from Johannesburg, South Africa, and leading up to World Malaria Day events.
Double-action preventive therapy for pregnant women could prevent the large numbers of stillbirths and neonatal deaths presently being caused by malaria and sexually transmitted and reproductive tract infections in sub-Saharan Africa. This podcast is from an interview following publication of research findings by Chico et al. in the Journal of the American Medical Association.