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Caroline Lynch

MSc PhD

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology

Room
G14a

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
0207 927 2909

A dynamic and practical epidemiologist with nearly 20 years’ experience leading, designing, delivering, evaluating and influencing malaria control, maternal health and family planning programme across 30 countries. I have advanced technical knowledge, and analytical skills and act decisively in complex situations. Bringing energy, enthusiasm and humour to my work, I enjoy developing and contributing to 

supportive teams that achieve excellent results. I value keeping up-to-date with the latest scientific knowledge and am passionate about incorporating evidence into health programmes to ensure equity and quality of health outcomes.

Currently, I am PI for two projects, the first is the Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET) which is conducting research on the private health sector’s role in delivering maternal health care. The second is the LINK project - focused on strengthening data for decision-making for National Malaria Programmes in 13 high burden countries.

I trained as a parasitologist and epidemiologist, with specific interest in malaria control having worked on malaria in fragile states for the last 18 years. My PhD work examined the impact of internal migration on malaria in Uganda and I continue to work on projects looking at the impact of migration on health. More recently, I have worked on National Malaria Strategic Plan Development, Monitoring & Evaluation and Operational Research throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. I continue to work on malaria through the LINK project which is focused on strengthening data for decision-making by National Malaria Control Programmes in 14 countries in sub Saharan Africa.

I am PI for two projects, the first is the Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET) which is conducting research on the private health sector’s role in delivering maternal health care.  The teams work is contributing to evidence on the use, quality, equity, and market dynamics of private maternal health services, and whether interventions, such as social franchising, can increase access to lifesaving care for all women.  We are affliated with the MARCH centre and Maternal and Newborn Health Group in LSHTM.

The second project is the LINK project - focused on strengthening data for decision-making for National Malaria Programmes in 13 high burden countries. This project is based on the premise that a considerable amount of data relevant to malaria control already exists in countries, but many times data is overlooked because it is not organised in a way that can be used to guide decision-making. The LINK programme aims to assemble this existing data and present it in a way that informs malaria control. By working with National Malaria Programmes and stakeholders in highly malaria-burdened countries, LINK aims to increase the use of data to guide policy and operational decisions.

I originally trained as a parasitologist and epidemiologist, with specific interest in malaria control having worked on malaria in fragile states for the last 15 years. My PhD work looked at the impact of internal migration on malaria in Uganda and I continue to work on projects looking at the impact of migration on health. More recently, I have worked on National Malaria Strategic Plan Development, Monitoring & Evaluation and Operational Research throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. 

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Malaria Centre
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

I co-organise the Distance Learning module - Practical Epidemiology - since early 2017. 

Prior to that I co-organised and and taught on Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries which is a module aimed at giving students a realistic experience of working within a group to design and plan disease control including; how to undertake a situational analysis, theories of change, identifying underlying assumptions behind interventions, using evidence to guide programme design, understanding critical pathways and monitoring and evaluation.  I continue to teach Monitoring and Evaluation on this course and on the module for Sexually Transmitted Infections.

I also tutor on the MSc for Reproductive and Sexual Health Research. 

Research

Research Area
Conflict
Drug resistance
Infectious disease policy
Maternal health
Parasites
Public health
Disease control
Evaluation
Evidence use
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Migration
Outbreaks
Implementation research
Spatial analysis
Discipline
Genetic epidemiology
Demography
Epidemiology
GIS/Spatial analysis
Operational research
Parasitology
Vector biology
Management
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Malaria
Emerging Infectious Disease
Vector borne disease
Country
Burundi
Cote d'Ivoire
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Ethiopia
Ghana
India
Kenya
Liberia
Malawi
Nigeria
Papua New Guinea
Sudan
Solomon Islands
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Sudan
Tajikistan
Timor-Leste
Tanzania
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Pacific island small states
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Examining trends in family planning among harder-to-reach women in Senegal 1992-2014.
Cavallaro, F.L. ; Benova, L. ; Macleod, D. ; Faye, A. ; Lynch, C.A. ;
2017
Sci Rep
Family Planning, Antenatal and Delivery Care: Cross-Sectional Survey Evidence on Levels of Coverage and Inequalities by Public and Private Sector in 57 Low- and Middle-Income Countries.
Campbell, O.M.; Benova, L.; MacLeod, D.; Baggaley, R.F.; Rodrigues, L.C.; Hanson, K.; Powell-Jackson, T.; Penn-Kekana, L.; Polonsky, R.; Footman, K.; Vahanian, A.; Pereira, S.K.; Santos, A.C.; Filippi, V.G.; Lynch, C.A.; Goodman, C.;
2016
Trop Med Int Health
Application of Serological Tools and Spatial Analysis to Investigate Malaria Transmission Dynamics in Highland Areas of Southwest Uganda.
Lynch, C.A.; Cook, J.; Nanyunja, S.; Bruce, J.; Bhasin, A.; Drakeley, C.; Roper, C.; Pearce, R.; Rwakimari, J.B.; Abeku, T.A.; Corran, P.; Cox, J.;
2016
Am J Trop Med Hyg
Taking stock: protocol for evaluating a family planning supply chain intervention in Senegal.
Cavallaro, F.L. ; Duclos, D. ; Baggaley, R.F. ; Penn-Kekana, L. ; Goodman, C. ; Vahanian, A. ; Santos, A.C. ; Bradley, J. ; Paintain, L. ; Gallien, J. ; Gasparrini, A. ; Hasselback, L. ; Lynch, C.A. ;
2016
Reprod Health
Association between recent internal travel and malaria in Ugandan highland and highland fringe areas.
Lynch, C.A.; Bruce, J.; Bhasin, A.; Roper, C.; Cox, J.; Abeku, T.A.;
2015
Trop Med Int Health
Who, What, Where: an analysis of private sector family planning provision in 57 low- and middle-income countries.
Campbell, O.M.; Benova, L.; Macleod, D.; Goodman, C.; Footman, K.; Pereira, A.L.; Lynch, C.A.;
2015
Trop Med Int Health
A stitch in time: a cross-sectional survey looking at long lasting insecticide-treated bed net ownership, utilization and attrition in SNNPR, Ethiopia.
Batisso, E. ; Habte, T. ; Tesfaye, G. ; Getachew, D. ; Tekalegne, A. ; Kilian, A. ; Mpeka, B. ; Lynch, C. ;
2012
Malar J
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