Dr Tanya Marchant


Associate Professor

Room 419

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7612 2345

Tanya is an implementation scientist with training in demography (Demography and Health MSc, LSHTM, 1996) and epidemiology (Epidemiology PhD, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, 2001).

She lived in The Gambia at the Farafenni Medical Reseach Centre site 1990-95 working for Harvard School of Public Health; in Ifakara, Tanzania 1997-2000 working for Ifakara Health Institute and Swiss TPH; and in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania 2001-07 working for LSHTM and IHI. Since 2007 Tanya has been based at LSHTM in London while continuing to travel and work in sub-Saharan Africa.  Currently she is the Principal Investigator of the IDEAS project at LSHTM and co-editor of the journal Tropical Medicine & International Health.


Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Disease Control


Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


Tanya has been providing support to students on the MSc Public Health for Development (previously Public Health in Developing Countries) since 2007, and is co-module organiser for the statistics and epidemiology module Analysis and Design of Research Studies.


Tanya is interested in how to improve the effective coverage of high quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health care, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has included investigations into women's preferences and priorities for fertility control, testing delivery strategies of insecticide treated mosquito nets for the prevention of anaemia and malaria in pregnancy, and understanding the effectiveness of innovations designed to improve maternal and newborn health.  Through this work Tanya has placed emphasis on the use of evidence for evaluation concurrently with its use for programme improvement, working with project, district and national level actors to support data-informed decision making.    Tanya currently supervises three PhD students, all of whom investigate issues of measurement or health care delivery for girls, women, and newborns in low-income settings.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Maternal health
Public health
Quality improvement
Evidence use
Neonatal health
Implementation research
Reproductive health
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Monitoring childbirth care in primary health facilities: a validity study in Gombe State, northeastern Nigeria.
Bhattacharya AA; Allen E; Umar N; Usman AU; Felix H; Audu A; Schellenberg JR; Marchant T
Journal of global health
Quality of routine facility data for monitoring priority maternal and newborn indicators in DHIS2: A case study from Gombe State, Nigeria.
Bhattacharya AA; Umar N; Audu A; Felix H; Allen E; Schellenberg JRM; Marchant T
Characterising innovations in maternal and newborn health based on a common theory of change: lessons from developing and applying a characterisation framework in Nigeria, Ethiopia and India.
Makowiecka K; Marchant T; Betemariam W; Chaturvedi A; Jana L; Liman A; Mathewos B; Muhammad FB; Semrau K; Wunnava SS
BMJ Global Health
Coverage and equity of maternal and newborn health care in rural Nigeria, Ethiopia and India.
Marchant T; Beaumont E; Makowiecka K; Berhanu D; Tessema T; Gautham M; Singh K; Umar N; Usman AU; Tomlin K
CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne
Understanding mistreatment during institutional delivery in Northeast Nigeria: a mixed-method study.
Umar N; Wickremasinghe D; Hill Z; Usman UA; Marchant T
Reproductive Health
Newborn resuscitation in Gombe State, northeastern Nigeria.
Exley JL; Umar N; Moxon S; Usman AU; Marchant T
Journal of Global Health
High-quality health systems in the Sustainable Development Goals era: time for a revolution.
Kruk ME; Gage AD; Arsenault C; Jordan K; Leslie HH; Roder-DeWan S; Adeyi O; Barker P; Daelmans B; Doubova SV
The Lancet Global health
Unpredictability dictates quality of maternal and newborn care provision in rural Tanzania-A qualitative study of health workers' perspectives.
Baker U; Hassan F; Hanson C; Manzi F; Marchant T; Swartling Peterson S; Hylander I
BMC pregnancy and childbirth
Delaying first birth: an analysis of household survey data from rural Southern Tanzania.
Sedekia Y; Nathan R; Church K; Temu S; Hanson C; Schellenberg J; Marchant T
BMC public health
Effects of the EQUIP quasi-experimental study testing a collaborative quality improvement approach for maternal and newborn health care in Tanzania and Uganda.
Waiswa P; Manzi F; Mbaruku G; Rowe AK; Marx M; Tomson G; Marchant T; Willey BA; Schellenberg J; Peterson S
Implementation science
Improved measurement for mothers, newborns and children in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Marchant T; Bryce J; Victora C; Moran AC; Claeson M; Requejo J; Amouzou A; Walker N; Boerma T; Grove J
Journal of global health
Identifying implementation bottlenecks for maternal and newborn health interventions in rural districts of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Baker U; Peterson S; Marchant T; Mbaruku G; Temu S; Manzi F; Hanson C
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Adding content to contacts: measurement of high quality contacts for maternal and newborn health in Ethiopia, north east Nigeria, and Uttar Pradesh, India.
Marchant T; Tilley-Gyado RD; Tessema T; Singh K; Gautham M; Umar N; Berhanu D; Cousens S; Armstrong Schellenberg JRM
PloS one
The use of continuous surveys to generate and continuously report high quality timely maternal and newborn health data at the district level in Tanzania and Uganda.
Marchant T; Schellenberg J; Peterson S; Manzi F; Waiswa P; Hanson C; Temu S; Darious K; Sedekia Y; Akuze J
Implementation science
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