Dr Tanya Marchant

Professor of Implementation Science

United Kingdom

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 Research 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 and India. Tanya leads research grants that investigate the effectiveness of health interventions for mothers and children in real-world settings and is co-editor of the journal Tropical Medicine & International Health.


Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Centre for Evaluation
Malaria Centre
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health


Tanya has been providing support to students on the MSc Public Health for Development 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 family planning preferences, 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
Child health
Complex interventions
Health services research
Maternal health
Neonatal health
Quality improvement
Implementation science

Selected Publications

Understanding rural women's preferences for telephone call engagement with primary health care providers in Nigeria: a discrete choice experiment.
UMAR, N; Hill, Z; SCHELLENBERG, J; Sambo, NU; Shuaibu, A; Aliyu, AM; Kulani, KK; Abdullahi, MU; Usman, A; Mohammed, H; Adamu, H; Ibrahim, M; Mohammed, A; Abdulhamid, A; Muhammed, Z; Alfayo, A; MARCHANT, T;
BMJ global health
"We don't trust all data coming from all facilities": factors influencing the quality of care network data quality in Ethiopia.
Tufa, AA; Gonfa, G; Tesfa, A; Getachew, T; Bekele, D; Dagnaw, F; Djellouli, N; Colbourn, T; MARCHANT, T; Lemma, S;
Global health action
Opportunities to sustain a multi-country quality of care network: Lessons on the actions of four countries Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda.
Lemma, S; Daniels-Howell, C; Tufa, AA; Sarker, M; Akter, K; Nakidde, C; Seruwagi, G; Dube, A; Mwandira, K; QCN Evaluation Group,; Taye, DB; English, M; Shawar, YR; Mwaba, K; Djellouli, N; Colbourn, T; MARCHANT, T;
PLOS global public health
Individual, organizational and system circumstances, and the functioning of a multi-country implementation-focused network for maternal, newborn and child health: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda.
Tesfa, A; Nakidde, C; Akter, K; Khatun, F; Mwandira, K; Lemma, S; Seruwagi, G; Mwaba, K; English, M; Daniels-Howell, C; Djellouli, N; Colbourn, T; MARCHANT, T; QCN Evaluation Group,;
PLOS global public health
Women's perceptions of telephone interviews about their experiences with childbirth care in Nigeria: A qualitative study.
UMAR, N; Hill, Z; SCHELLENBERG, J; Tuncalp, Ö; Muzigaba, M; Sambo, NU; Shuaibu, A; MARCHANT, T;
PLOS global public health
Measurement of respectful maternity care in exit interviews following facility childbirth: a criterion validity assessment in Nigeria
UMAR, N; Bhattacharya, A; EXLEY, J; Jalingo, IB; Shuaibu, A; MARCHANT, T;
Journal of Global Health Reports
Operationalising effective coverage measurement of facility based childbirth in Gombe State; a comparison of data sources.
EXLEY, J; Bhattacharya, A; HANSON, C; Shuaibu, A; UMAR, N; MARCHANT, T;
PLOS Global Public Health
Influence of context on quality improvement priorities: a qualitative study of three facility types in Lagos State, Nigeria.
Olaniran, AA; Oludipe, M; Hill, Z; Ogunyemi, A; UMAR, N; Ayorinde, R; Ohiri, K; SCHELLENBERG, J; MARCHANT, T;
BMJ open quality
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