Dr Tanya Marchant
Tanya is an implementation scientist with training in demography (Demography and Health MSc, LSHTM, 1996) and epidemiology (Epidemiology PhD, Swiss Tropical 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 Tropical Institute; 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 to and work in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she is the co-Principle Investigator of the IDEAS project at LSHTM and co-editor of the journal Tropical Medicine & International health.
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 stats and epidemiology module Analysis and Design of Research Studies.
Tanya is interested in how to improve access to and coverage of high quality health care. Her work has centred around issues in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. This began with investigations into fertility preferences and priorities in Gambia and Tanzania and moved onto the prevention of anaemia and malaria in pregnancy. More recently her focus has been on improving use of evidence at project, district and national scales to enhance the quality of health care delivery to mothers and newborns in sub Saharan African and India. 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.