Dr Matthew Chico


Assistant Professor
of Public Health

Room 419

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

207 927 2841

207 436 5389

Matthew currently leads clinical research in East and Southern Africa that is focused on improving the prevention and care of infectious diseases and nutritional deficiencies in pregnancy to improve outcomes pregnancy outcomes.  He is a member of the Research Governance Committee at LSHTM and is an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE.  Before moving to the UK, Matthew was the Health Advisor for USAID in Rwanda where he led 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 where he spearheaded partnerships with the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization, the UN Foundation, and 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.


Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


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


Matthew lecturers 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 


Huffington Post 

22 January 2016: How We Can Save Nearly Half A Million Lives This Year... 

Reuters News Editorial

"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.

Podcast on the Global Call to Action

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.

Podcast on azithromycin-base combination therapies

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.


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)