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 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.


Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Disease Control


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 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.

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
Community-based approaches for neonatal survival: meta-analyses of randomized trial data.
Hanson, C. ; Kujala, S. ; Waiswa, P. ; Marchant, T. ; Schellenberg, J. ;
Bull World Health Organ
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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