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.


Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Centre for Evaluation
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

Contextual factors in maternal and newborn health evaluation: a protocol applied in Nigeria, India and Ethiopia.
Sabot, K. ; Marchant, T. ; Spicer, N. ; Berhanu, D. ; Gautham, M. ; Umar, N. ; Schellenberg, J. ;
Emerg Themes Epidemiol
Linking data sources for measurement of effective coverage in maternal and newborn health: what do we learn from individual- vs ecological-linking methods?
Willey, B. ; Waiswa, P. ; Kajjo, D. ; Munos, M. ; Akuze, J. ; Allen, E. ; Marchant, T. ;
J Glob Health
Using contraceptives to delay first birth: a qualitative study of individual, community and health provider perceptions in southern Tanzania.
Sedekia, Y. ; Jones, C. ; Nathan, R. ; Schellenberg, J. ; Marchant, T. ;
BMC Public Health
Improved measurement for mothers, newborns and children in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Marchant, T.; Bryce, J.; Victora, C.; Moran, A.C.; Claeson, M.; Requejo, J.; Amouzou, A.; Walker, N.; Boerma, T.; Grove, J.;
J Glob Health
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, R.D. ; Tessema, T. ; Singh, K. ; Gautham, M. ; Umar, N. ; Berhanu, D. ; Cousens, S. ; Armstrong Schellenberg, J.R. ;
PLoS One
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. ;
Bull World Health Organ
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. ; Rowe, A.K. ;
Implement Sci
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