Ms Aurelie Jeandron
MEng MSc cand PhD
My first degree was in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Technology of Compiegne (France), after which I obtained an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries from LSHTM. I also have a postgraduate certificate in Nutritional Epidemiology.
Before joining the school, I worked at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute on medical equipment aid projects, at the Pasteur Institute of Laos on the epidemiological surveillance of infectious diseases of the Nam Theun hydroelectric dam area, and with UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan on the epidemiology of helminths and capacity building in epidemiology and statistics. I also performed several consultancies for epidemiological surveys, economic evaluation and health systems strengthening projects.
I started in LSHTM in 2011 in the Environmental Health Group, working mainly on soil-transmitted helminths epidemiology and transmission - in particular the role of hands in ascariasis – and on systematic reviews on health impact of WASH interventions and wastewater use. In 2014, I started focusing on cholera research in Uvira, in the South-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
I supervise students for their summer projects and tutor on the Public Health for Development MSc. I regularly teach on various modules, including Tropical and Environmental Health, Integrated Vector Management, Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries, Analysis and Design of Research Studies.
My recent and current research is focused on the impact evaluation of a large urban water supply system on cholera, diarrhoeal diseases and water-related practices in Uvira, South-Kivu, DR Congo.
This impact evaluation is funded for 5 years (2015 – 2020) by the French Development Agency and the Veolia Foundation. This evaluation is the main topic of my PhD, and builds on preliminary work on the epidemiology of suspected cholera and severe diarrhoea in the town of Uvira since 2009.
The methodology for this evaluation is based on 3 different epidemiological designs over 3 years during which water supply in Uvira will improve – longitudinal households follow-up on water-related practices, stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial and interrupted time-series for cholera and diarrhoeal disease outcomes.
This study includes high-resolution mapping, space-time modelling, field laboratory (environmental and drinking water quality, cholera confirmation) and more advanced laboratory methods (multiplex PCR, cholera strains analyses).