Ms Sarah Marks
I am a Research Fellow in the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) at LSHTM. My background is in research, policy, and digital health focused on child health, malaria, and more recently disability. During my career I have supported research projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. I am currently working towards my PhD part-time, which is looking at the coverage of malaria control services amongst people with disabilities. I have a Masters in Public Health from LSHTM and an Honours degree in Infectious Diseases from the University of Edinburgh. After graduating from LSHTM in 2012, I was accepted on to the graduate scheme at DFID working on health policy before moving into the NGO sector. Within the NGO sector, I worked in the research team at Malaria Consortium for five years before joining LSHTM in late 2019. In 2021/22 I completed a consultancy with the World Health Organization where I supported the Malaria Chemoprevention Guideline Development Group with the update and development of seven recommendations (IPTp; PMC, SMC, IPTsc, PDMC, MDA for burden reduction, and MDA for emergency settings). My current work is focused on conducting systematic reviews for the Disability Evidence Portal and evaluating Disability Inclusive Development Task Order 49 on family planning in Kaduna, Nigeria.
I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I tutor on the Global Disability and Mental Health module, Malaria: from Science to Policy and Practice module, and work on the Social Epidemiology module. I am also a personal tutor on the MSc in Epidemiology.
Currently, I am working on a number of systematic reviews for the Disability Evidence Portal to answer the following questions:
- What approaches can be used by infectious disease control programmes to promote equal coverage of services for people with disabilities?
- Do employment quotas increase the number of people with disabilities in work?
- Which interventions are effective in preventing or responding to violence against people with disabilities?
Under the FCDO funded Programme for Evidence to Inform Disability Action (PENDA) I am evaluating the Disability Inclusive Development Task Order 49 on family planning in Kaduna, Nigeria. The project is managed by Sightsavers International and funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in Nigeria.
Previously at LSHTM I worked on a longitudinal study in two states in Nigeria, evaluating the theory-of-change for the SuNMaP2 project. SuNMaP2 was a Malaria Consortium led project, funded by FCDO, that aimed to reduce Nigeria’s malaria burden through more efficient and effective use of available resources. The programme intended to strengthen the Government of Nigeria’s malaria control programme to ensure long-term sustainability. In May 2021, SuNMaP 2 activities were halted and later terminated in July 2021 due to the challenging financial climate created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Within the mixed-method evaluation of SuNMaP2's theory-of-change, I was working on the quantitative aspects, using continuous survey, with the aim of updating state-level decision-makers every three months with ongoing data on malaria-service interventions and behaviour-change factors.