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.


Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


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

RETRACTED: Gradual emergence followed by exponential spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant in Africa.
Fischer C; Maponga TG; Yadouleton A; Abílio N; Aboce E; Adewumi P; Afonso P; Akorli J; Andriamandimby SF; Anga L
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Fischer C; Maponga TG; Yadouleton A; Abílio N; Aboce E; Adewumi P; Afonso P; Akorli J; Andriamandimby SF; Anga L
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Global estimates of pregnancies at risk of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax infection in 2020 and changes in risk patterns since 2000.
Gore-Langton GR; Cano J; Simpson H; Tatem A; Tejedor-Garavito N; Wigley A; Carioli A; Gething P; Weiss DJ; Chandramohan D
PLOS Glob Public Health
Overall and Gender-Specific Effects of Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria with Artemisinin-Based Combination Therapies among Schoolchildren in Mali: A Three-Group Open Label Randomized Controlled Trial.
Maiga H; Opondo C; Chico RM; Cohee LM; Sagara I; Traore OB; Tekete M; Dara A; Traore ZI; Diarra M
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Estimating the global burden of sexually transmitted infections.
Peters RPH; Chico RM; Rowley J; Low N
The Lancet. Infectious diseases
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
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
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