Dr Manuela Colombini
in Health Systems and Policy
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am a social scientist with a background in health policy and systems analysis. My research has primarily focused on conducting formative and evaluation research to explore new intervention approaches to address violence against women (VAW) in the health sector; and translating evidence from promising interventions within different LMIC settings. I have conducted research in gender-based violence, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services in sub-saharan Africa and Asia for the past 14 years.
I obtained my PhD from LSHTM in 2008. My thesis focused on the barriers and enabling factors affecting the integration of health sector response to intimate partner violence in Malaysia. I also hold an MSc in gender and development from the London School of Economics. I joined the School end September 2005, after having previously worked for nearly 5 years on gender and reproductive health and rights issues (focussing on development and running of capacity bulding modules) at the World Health Organization (Geneva).
I am currently the Deputy Module Organiser for the distant learning course 'Health Policy, Process and Power'. In the past, I co-organised the Family Planning Programmes module (2013-2015).
I currently teach on distant learning courses (MSc Public Health in developing countries), and teached on the Family Planning Programmes; Health Policy, Process and Power (seminar leader); Research, Design and Analysis (Ethics); Diploma in Tropical Nursing (Health service response to gender-based violence); Short course on Researching gender-based violence.
My main research interests include violence against women and health sector responses, integration of SRH and HIV services, HIV and violence against women.
I currently work on two research projects: 1) exploring the health systems readiness of sexual and reproductive health clinics (in Brazil, Palestine, Nepal and Sri Lanka) to integrate intimate partner violence into their services (NIHR funded study); 2) assessing the health systems readiness of primary health clinics in Brazil and Palestine to integrate intimate partner violence into their services (MRC Global Challenges study).
I recently conducted 2 studies with Wits Reproductive Health Institute (South Africa): 1)one assessing the feasibility and acceptability of integrating gender-based violence within an HIV prevention package for young girls in South Africa and Tanzania (EMPOWER study); 2) one evaluating the implementation of a brief counselling intervention for pregnant women who experienced IPV (Safe and Sound study)
In the past, I led a project as Principal Investigator to evaluate the integration of IPV into antenatal care settings and health policies in Nepal and Sri Lanka (ADVANCE study). I was a also researcher on a larger study (INTEGRA) in Kenya and Swaziland. As part of Integra, I conducted research on providers’ and clients’ experiences with integrated care, and also on women’s views and experiences of partner violence following disclosure of their HIV status. As part of my PhD, I conducted the first health policy and systems evaluation of the One Stop Crisis Centres in Malaysia.