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Ms Anna Durrance-Bagale

BSc MSc

Research Fellow

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

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

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development

Centres

Antimicrobial Resistance Centre (AMR)

Teaching

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.

Research

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).

Research Area
Climate change
Drug resistance
Environment
Globalisation
Health care policy
Health inequalities
Health policy
Health sector development
Health systems
Hygiene
Infectious disease policy
Parasites
Public health
Viruses
Behaviour change
Capacity strengthening
Disease control
Environmental Health
Evaluation
Evidence use
Global Health
Methodology
Mixed methods
Qualitative methods
Vector control
Discipline
Policy analysis
Psychology
Vector biology
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Tropical diseases
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease
Dengue
Country
Bangladesh
Myanmar (Burma)
Nepal
Pakistan
Tanzania
Region
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Is enhancing the professionalism of healthcare providers critical to tackling antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income countries?
Khan MS; Bory S; Rego S; Suy S; Durrance-Bagale A; Sultana Z; Chhorn S; Phou S; Prien C; Heng S
2020
Human Resources for Health
What are the barriers to implementing national antimicrobial resistance action plans? A novel mixed-methods policy analysis in Pakistan.
Khan MS; Durrance-Bagale A; Mateus A; Sultana Z; Hasan R; Hanefeld J
2020
Health Policy and Planning
'LMICs as reservoirs of AMR': a comparative analysis of policy discourse on antimicrobial resistance with reference to Pakistan.
Khan MS; Durrance-Bagale A; Legido-Quigley H; Mateus A; Hasan R; Spencer J; Hanefeld J
2019
Health policy and planning
In Search of 'Omics'-Based Biomarkers to Predict Risk of Frailty and Its Consequences in Older Individuals: The FRAILOMIC Initiative.
Erusalimsky JD; Grillari J; Grune T; Jansen-Duerr P; Lippi G; Sinclair AJ; Tegnér J; Viña J; Durrance-Bagale A; Miñambres R
2015
Gerontology
Laboratory biomarkers and frailty: presentation of the FRAILOMIC initiative.
Lippi G; Jansen-Duerr P; Viña J; Durrance-Bagale A; Abugessaisa I; Gomez-Cabrero D; Tegnér J; Grillari J; Erusalimsky J; Sinclair A
2015
Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine
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