Mrs Liliana Dengo-Baloi, MSc

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Infectious & Tropical Diseases

United Kingdom

I am a Microbiologist based in Maputo, Mozambique and embarked on my academic journey at LSHTM in 2017, where I pursued a Master's degree in Infectious Diseases. This experience provided me with a solid foundation in understanding the complexities of various infectious diseases and their impact on public health.

Building upon my passion for research and the pursuit of knowledge, I returned to LSHTM in 2022 as a PhD student. My current research focuses on hand hygiene practices associated with exposure to enteric pathogens in early childhood, specifically in a high-burden setting in Maputo. By investigating this crucial aspect, I aim to contribute to the development of effective interventions and strategies to reduce the transmission of enteric pathogens and improve public health outcomes.

For the past 11 years, I have been actively involved in research as a member of the National Institute of Health in Maputo. Within this esteemed institution, I have been an integral part of the technical working group for diarrheal diseases, with a particular emphasis on cholera surveillance. Through my work, I have gained valuable insights into the epidemiology and control of diarrheal diseases, with a specific interest in antimicrobial resistance.


Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


My main area of interest lies in exploring integrative approaches to prevent and control diarrheal diseases. By combining various strategies, such as improved hand hygiene practices, targeted surveillance, and effective antimicrobial stewardship, I believe we can make significant strides in reducing the burden of these diseases and safeguarding public health.

My academic journey, research experience, and dedication to public health have shaped me into a Microbiologist with a strong focus on infectious diseases and their prevention. I am committed to making a meaningful impact in the field of diarrheal diseases, particularly in the context of antimicrobial resistance.
Research Area
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Implementation of a mass gathering surveillance system during a Mozambican cultural ceremony in 2020
Afai, G; Nhantumbo, BF C; Baloi, LD; Rossetto, ÉV; Baltazar, CS; Banze, ÁR;
Journal of Interventional Epidemiology and Public Health
Pre-emptive oral cholera vaccine (OCV) mass vaccination campaign in Cuamba District, Niassa Province, Mozambique: feasibility, vaccination coverage and delivery costs using CholTool
Elias Chitio, JJ; Baltazar, CS; Langa, JP; Baloi, LD; Mboane, RB J; Manuel, JA; Assane, S; Omar, A; Manso, M; Capitine, I; Van Rensburg, C; Luiz, N; Mogasale, V; Marks, F; Park, SE; Beck, NS;
BMJ Open
Conditions to eliminate cholera in Mozambique - the pathway for the development of the national cholera plan
Baltazar, CS; Pezzoli, L; Baloi, LD; Luiz, N; Chitio, JE; Capitine, I; Sitoe, M; Mala, S; Langa, JP;
Pan African Medical Journal
Investigation and contact tracing of the first eight cases of COVID-19 in Mozambique, 2020
Braga, JM; Banze, AR; DENGO-BALOI, L; Evaristo, VL; Rossetto, EV; Baltazar, CS;
Challenges and opportunities of setting-up a Cholera surveillance Microbiology laboratory in a research-naïve rural setting in Mozambique
DENGO-BALOI, L; Sema-Baltazar, C; Chitio, J; Luiz, N; Manso, M; Mboene, R; Langa, JP; Park, SE;
International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Access to and use of health and social services among people who inject drugs in two urban areas of Mozambique, 2014: qualitative results from a formative assessment
DENGO-BALOI, L; Boothe, M; Semá Baltazar, C; Sathane, I; Langa, DC; Condula, M; Ricardo, H; Inguane, C; Teodoro, E; Gouveia, L; Raymond, HF; Horth, R;
BMC Public Health
High prevalence of HIV, HBsAg and anti-HCV positivity among people who injected drugs: results of the first bio-behavioral survey using respondent-driven sampling in two urban areas in Mozambique
Semá Baltazar, C; Horth, R; Boothe, M; Sathane, I; Young, P; Chitsondzo Langa, D; Condula, M; Ricardo, H; Dengo Baloi, L; Cummings, B; Schaad, N; Gouveia, L; Teodoro, E; Raymond, HF;
BMC Infectious Diseases
Use of modified rapid cholera test during surveillance for oral cholera vaccine effectiveness in Nampula, Mozambique, 2016
DENGO-BALOI, LC; Langa, J; Barata, A; Chitio, J; Baltazar, C;
International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Multi-site cholera surveillance within the African Cholera Surveillance Network shows endemicity in Mozambique, 2011–2015
Semá Baltazar, C; Langa, JP; Dengo Baloi, L; Wood, R; Ouedraogo, I; Njanpop-Lafourcade, B-M; Inguane, D; Elias Chitio, J; Mhlanga, T; Gujral, L; D. Gessner, B; Munier, A; A. Mengel, M;
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Antibiotics resistance in El Tor Vibrio cholerae 01 isolated during cholera outbreaks in Mozambique from 2012 to 2015
DENGO-BALOI, LC; Semá-Baltazar, CA; Manhique, LV; Chitio, JE; Inguane, DL; Langa, JP;
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