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Oliver Cumming

MA MSc

Assistant Professor

Room
411

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I serve as the Deputy Director of the Environmental Health Group which is the focus of the School's work on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health and currently includes approximately 30 researchers and support staff working on range of different areas of research. I am the Principal Investigator for a number of studies in different countries, including Mozambique, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I also serve as the co-Research Director of the SHARE Research Consortium - an eight year, multi-country, research partnership to deliver research and capacity to strengthen sanitation policy and programmes in low and middle income countries. I have worked in various regions of the world, collaborating with a range of research and implementing organisations, and providing policy advice to different governments and multilateral agencies. 

My research focuses on the epidemiology of water, sanitation and hygiene related diseases. I am currently working on a number of trials to evaluate the effects of these interventions on different child health outcomes, including enteric infections, child growth and development, and oral vaccine performance. My main projects include:

The MapSan trial in Maputo, Mozambique, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and in collaboration with the National Institute of Health (INS) in Mozambique, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Geogia Tech) in the US, and the NGO Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor Mozambique (WSUP). The is a controlled before-and-after health evaluation of an urban sanitation intervention.

The SaniVac trial  in Maputo, Mozambique, which is supported by the Centers for Disease Control Foundation (CDCF), and in collaboration with INS in Mozambique, the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) in the US, and Georgia Tech. This is a controlled cohort study to assess the effect of sanitation and concurrent enteric infection on oral rotavirus immunogenicity. 

The Safe Start trial in Kisumu, Kenya, which is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and in collaboration with Great Lakes University, Kisumu (GLUK), and the University of Iowa in the US. This is a cluster-randomised controlled trial for the effect of an infant food hygiene intervention on enteric infections. 

The Uvira trial  in Uvira, DRC, which is supported by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Veolia Foundation. This is a randomised step wedge evaluation of the effect of improved water supply on cholera incidence.

Affiliations

Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Teaching

I am a Module Organiser for the Tropical Environmental Health (3434) module and tutor/supervise students for various MSc courses. I have two PhD students, Lauren D'Mello-Guyett, who is looking at the role of WASH in disease outbreaks during complex emergenices, and Ian Ross, who is looking at the cost-effectiveness of sanitation interventions, who I co-supervise with Francesco Checchi and Giulia Greco respectively.

Research

Research Area
Child health
Health outcomes
Helminths
Hygiene
Sanitation
Water
Disease control
Environmental Health
Equity
Evaluation
Gender
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Malnutrition
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Region
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Role, ownership and presence of domestic animals in peri-urban households of Kisumu, Kenya.
Barnes, A.N. ; Mumma, J. ; Cumming, O. ;
2018
Zoonoses Public Health
Impact of Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hand Washing with Soap on Childhood Diarrhoeal Disease: Updated Meta-Analysis and -Regression.
Wolf, J. ; Hunter, P.R. ; Freeman, M.C. ; Cumming, O. ; Clasen, T. ; Bartram, J. ; Higgins, J.P.T. ; Johnston, R. ; Medlicott, K. ; Boisson, S. ; Prüss-Ustün, A. ;
2018
Trop Med Int Health
Child's play: Harnessing play and curiosity motives to improve child handwashing in a humanitarian setting.
Watson, J. ; Dreibelbis, R. ; Aunger, R. ; Deola, C. ; King, K. ; Long, S. ; Chase, R.P. ; Cumming, O. ;
2018
Int J Hyg Environ Health
Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes among Women Practicing Poor Sanitation in Rural India: A Population-Based Prospective Cohort Study.
Padhi, B.K. ; Baker, K.K. ; Dutta, A. ; Cumming, O. ; Freeman, M.C. ; Satpathy, R. ; Das, B.S. ; Panigrahi, P. ;
2015
PLoS Med
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