Dr Matthew Chico


Associate 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 I 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. Before 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 lecture 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 



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

Estimating the global burden of sexually transmitted infections.
Peters RPH; Chico RM; Rowley J; Low N
The Lancet. Infectious diseases
Antenatal testing for sexually transmitted infections: Is this the decade of change?
Chico RM
BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
Estimating burden of syphilis among men who have sex with men - Authors' reply.
Chico RM; Tsuboi M; Evans J; Davies EP; Rowley J; Korenromp EL; Clayton T; Mabey D; Taylor MM
Lancet Global Health
Combining malaria vaccination with chemoprevention: a promising new approach to malaria control.
Greenwood B; Cairns M; Chaponda M; Chico RM; Dicko A; Ouedraogo J-B; Phiri KS; Ter Kuile FO; Chandramohan D
Malaria journal
Awareness and preparedness of healthcare workers against the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional survey across 57 countries.
Huy NT; Chico RM; Huan VT; Shaikhkhalil HW; Uyen VNT; Qarawi ATA; Alhady STM; Vuong NL; Truong LV; Luu MN
PloS one
Study Protocol for a Global Survey: Awareness and Preparedness of Hospital Staff Against Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak.
Qarawi ATA; Ng SJ; Gad A; Luu MN; Al-Ahdal TMA; Sharma A; Huan VT; Vuong NL; Tawfik GM; Hashan MR
Frontiers in Public Health
Congenital malformations in sub-Saharan Africa-warnings of a silent epidemic?
Sié A; Hanefeld J; Chaponda M; Chico RM; LeDoare K; Mayaud P; Drexler JF; Jaenisch T
Lancet Infect Dis
Prevalence of syphilis among men who have sex with men: a global systematic review and meta-analysis from 2000-20.
Tsuboi M; Evans J; Davies EP; Rowley J; Korenromp EL; Clayton T; Taylor MM; Mabey D; Chico RM
The Lancet. Global health
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