Ms Anna Durrance-Bagale
15-17 Tavistock Place
I have a BSc in psychology from the University of Leeds (1998), which focused on biological psychology, an MSc in neuroscience from the Institute of Psychiatry (University of London; 2000), and an MSc in control of infectious diseases from LSHTM (2016).
From 2001 to 2015 I was a medical writer and editor for various academic journals and the pharmaceutical industry.
I have a special interest in zoonotic disease, community awareness of these diseases, and specifically the role of rodents in the spread of zoonoses with a focus on LMIC (mainly South Asia, especially Nepal). This informs my PhD research at the School.
I am an active member of the press corps of the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases. Here is a recent interview I did for the Society about dengue in Nepal with Dr Sher Bahadur Pun from Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Kathmandu: https://www.isntd.org/post/2019/11/30/unprecedented-dengue-in-nepal-myths-misunderstandings
I teach a seminar on AMR for the Globalisation & Health module and work as a Distance Learning Tutor for the Applied Communicable Disease Control module. I sit on the exam board for the OneHealth MSc course, run in conjunction with the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK.
I am Tropical Medicine Module Lead for the Diploma in Remote and Offshore Medicine run by the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland.
I am currently studying the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching at LSHTM and am the student representative for my intake.
For my LSHTM MSc dissertation project I was based in Yangon and Hpa-An in Karen State, Myanmar, working with an international charity. My research focused on elucidating community views around mechanisms of providing feedback on local healthcare provision, and how these mechanisms might be improved. An integral part of the project involved training local staff to run semi-structured interviews and focus groups. I used qualitative analysis to construct a plan to inform policy and practice around using relevant and viable feedback mechanisms in the field. These mechanisms were piloted in Karen State.
From April 2017 until December 2018 I was lead researcher on a qualitative research project examining how policymaker perceptions of antimicrobial resistance drive behaviour and policies for appropriate antimicrobial use in Pakistan. This involved running in-depth interviews in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad with policy makers, doctors, veterinarians, pharmaceutical industry professionals, among others, analysing data and writing manuscripts for publication. I taught a CME accredited course at Aga Khan University (AKU) in Karachi on Writing for Journals to over 45 members of AKU staff.
I have worked on a project examining how to synthesise evidence from other sectors to strengthen health system responses to mass displacement, with a focus on supporting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and also on a policy and stakeholder analysis to inform advocacy on drowning reduction among fishing communities in Southern Lake Victoria, Tanzania, funded by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the UK (both with Associate Professor Natasha Howard).
I was also a research assistant on a project evaluating how actors from the alcohol industry used the recent Drink Free Days campaign (with Associate Professor Ben Hawkins).
From May to July 2020 I worked as a researcher on a project for WHO: 'Leaving no one behind: Mapping of social and economic policy responses to COVID, their health equity impact and the role of economic incentives in shaping corporate and individual behaviour.'
My current research examines drivers of antimicrobial resistance in Tanzania.
I am based between the UK and Kathmandu, Nepal, and work closely with the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, the main referral hospital for infectious disease in Nepal.
My PhD research is on 'Anthropogenic and ecological drivers of zoonoses spillover from rodents, bats and dogs in Nepal', with a brilliant supervisory team: Associate Professor Natasha Howard (LSHTM/National University of Singapore), Assistant Professor James Rudge (LSHTM/Mahidol University, Thailand), Professor Steve Belmain (Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich), and Professor Nanda Bahadur Singh (Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal).