Dr Manuela Colombini


Assistant Professor
in Health Systems and Policy

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

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). 


Department of Global Health and Development


Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


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.

Research Area
Health care policy
Health policy
Health services research
Health systems
Primary care
Sexual health
Systematic reviews
Health workers
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Burkina Faso
Sri Lanka
West Bank and Gaza
South Africa
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Disclosure of PrEP use by young women in South Africa and Tanzania: qualitative findings from a demonstration project.
Scorgie F; Khoza N; Baron D; Lees S; Harvey S; Ramskin L; Stangl A; Colombini M; Mashauri E; Delany-Moretlwe S
Culture, health & sexuality
Disclosure of PrEP use by young women in South Africa and Tanzania: qualitative findings from a demonstration project
Scorgie F; Khoza N; Baron D; Lees S; Harvey S; Ramskin L; Stangl A; Colombini M; Matsauri E; Delany-Moreltwe S
Culture, Health and Sexuality
Using Digital Technology for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Are Programs Adequately Considering Risk?
Bacchus LJ; Reiss K; Church K; Colombini M; Pearson E; Naved R; Smith C; Andersen K; Free C
Global Health: Science and Practice
Exploring health system readiness for adopting interventions to address intimate partner violence: a case study from the occupied Palestinian Territory.
Colombini M; Alkaiyat A; Shaheen A; Garcia Moreno C; Feder G; Bacchus L
Health policy and planning
Children's and caregivers' perspectives about mandatory reporting of child maltreatment: a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies.
McTavish JR; Kimber M; Devries K; Colombini M; MacGregor JCD; Wathen N; MacMillan HL
BMJ open
Unintended Consequences of mHealth Interactive Voice Messages Promoting Contraceptive Use After Menstrual Regulation in Bangladesh: Intimate Partner Violence Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial.
Reiss K; Andersen K; Pearson E; Biswas K; Taleb F; Ngo TD; Hossain A; Barnard S; Smith C; Carpenter J
Global health, science and practice
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