Dr Tanya Marchant
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.
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.