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Dr Mishal Khan

MA (Cantab) MSc PhD

Assistant Professor
of Health Policy and Systems Research

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

Dr. Mishal Khan is a social epidemiologist with expertise in quantitative and qualitative health policy and systems research to improve infectious disease control programmes in South and Southeast Asia. In her research career, Mishal has worked closely with national disease control managers in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Myanmar and Kenya, focusing on research to inform resource allocation decisions. This builds upon her six-year experience of working in industry advising pharmaceutical companies on investment strategies.

Over the past decade, she has led research on: engagement with informal, for-profit healthcare providers; gender differences in access to health services; tuberculosis control; antimicrobial resistance; One Health; investments in research and development; strengthening human resources for health; the influence of external funders on the policy process in Asia; and assessing the sustainability infectious disease control programmes. 

Having received a Commonwealth Scholarship to complete her doctoral studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Mishal studied socio-economic and health systems related factors influencing gender differences in TB notifications across Pakistan. She also holds a Masters degree in Control of Infectious Diseases from LSHTM and a Masters degree in Natural Sciences (Pathology) from the University of Cambridge.

Mishal is a section editor for the Health Policy and Planning journal and a Consultant for the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, working closely with high level policy actors on institutional capacity building in low and middle income countries.  

Affiliations

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

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Tuberculosis (TB) Centre
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre

Teaching

Distance Learning - examiner on the Infectious Diseases module

Research

Mishal has been the principal investigator of several studies including a randomised trial of simple patient instructions to improve TB diagnosis in women and a multi-country project funded by the STOP TB Partnership to implement a new system to involve low-cost private diagnostic laboratories in diagnosing and treating TB. She has collaborated closely with the Pakistan National TB Control Porgramme, leading an important operational research study to assess the effectivness of local versus international drugs for treating multi-drug resistant TB. 

Mishal was selected as a Star in Global Health by Grand Challenges Canada and received an award to conduct a clinical evaluation of a low cost device to improve maternal and newborn health in Pakistan. Through this award she conducted a series of studies on women's health in Pakistan including an analysis of barriers to using contraception and an effectivneness evaluation of health-worker training for maternal health.

She is currently working with the Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group leading multidisciplinary studies in Myanmar, China and Cambodia.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health care policy
Health inequalities
Health systems
Infectious disease policy
Social and structural determinants of health
Health workers
Capacity strengthening
Disease control
Electronic health records
Evidence use
Gender
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Inequalities
Mobile technologies
Randomised controlled trials
Discipline
Epidemiology
Operational research
Policy analysis
Country
Bangladesh
China
Cambodia
Myanmar
Pakistan
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
South Asia

Selected Publications

Pathogens, prejudice, and politics: the role of the global health community in the European refugee crisis.
Khan, M.S. ; Osei-Kofi, A. ; Omar, A. ; Kirkbride, H. ; Kessel, A. ; Abbara, A. ; Heymann, D. ; Zumla, A. ; Dar, O. ;
Lancet Infect Dis
Economic interventions to improve population health: a scoping study of systematic reviews.
Khan, M.S.; Guan, B.Y.; Audimulam, J.; Cervero Liceras, F.; Coker, R.J.; Yoong, J.;
BMC Public Health
Investments in tuberculosis research - what are the gaps?
Khan, M.S. ; Fletcher, H. ; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine TB Centre Steering Committee, . ; Coker, R. ;
BMC Med
Novel methodology to assess sputum smear microscopy quality in private laboratories.
Codlin, A.J. ; Javaid, M. ; Qazi, F. ; Khan, M.S. ;
BMC Infect Dis
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