Mrs Gillian Mckay
MScPH BSN RN
Research Degree Student
15-17 Tavistock Place
Gillian McKay, MScPH, RN is a Doctor of Public Health student at LSHTM. She uses qualitative methods to research family planning as a public health intervention in times of extreme risk to maternal health. She is a 2016 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, and was a Global Health Advisor with GOAL, an International Non-Governmental Organisation, until December 2016. Gillian's passion for humanitarian action has been demonstrated through work in South Sudan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Syria and Ethiopia. She approaches all her work with community empowerment, state capacity building and overall resilience approaches.
Gillian has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has previously researched mechanisms for organisational learning from emergencies, health systems resilience, gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction strategies, and social and behaviour change interventions in epidemics.
From September 2018 - September 2020 Gillian will be on leave from the School as she is working for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Global Health Fellow.
Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Crises. Feb 2018. Imperial College.
LIDC Short Course Development: Humanitarian Crises. London International Development Centre, UK
Ethics and Decision Making in Humanitarian Crises. May 2017. UK-Med Foreign Medical Team, UK
Health Systems. Jan-Mar 2017. LSHTM MSc Public Health, UK
Community and Facility Level Health Interventions in Humanitarian Contexts. Nov 2016. Imperial College MSc Global Health, UK.
Health in Humanitarian Action. January 2016. York University School of Nursing, UK
Public Health in Fragile States. November 2015. Imperial College MSc Global Health, UK.
“What’s Next?”: Health System Strengthening in Sierra Leone. June 2015. LSHTM Public Health and Policy Department Seminar, UK
Programme Development in South Sudan. May 2015. LSHTM MSc Health Services Management, UK
Boland, S. & McKay, G. Lessons from the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Africa at LSE Blog. (2018)
McKay, G. & Parker, M. Epidemics in Humanitarianism: A Dictionary of Concepts. Routledge. (2018)
Hanefeld, J., et al. (inc McKay, G.) Towards an understanding of resilience: Responding to Health Systems Shocks. Health Policy and Planning. (2018)
Ongeri, E. & McKay, G. Thousands of Ebola survivors are still in need of support - Advocacy Statement. The Lancet Global Health Blog. (2016)
Multiple Authors (inc McKay, G.) The importance of social and behavioral change response in the Zika epidemic: Lessons learned from Ebola. – Advocacy Statement. NoMoreEpidemics.org. (2016).
Mattia, John G., et al. (inc McKay, G.) Early clinical sequelae of Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone: a cross-sectional study. The Lancet Infectious Diseases (2015).
McKay, G. “There was no good choice”: An ethics case study from the Ebola response. Nursing ethics (2015).
Kamlongera, A. & McKay, G. Floods and Droughts Through a Gendered Lens: Mitigating Strategies for Women, Men, Girls and Boys in Malawi. (2015).
McKay, G. Challenging and Addressing the Structural, Cultural and Attitudinal Determinants for sustained behaviour change (CASCADe) Training Curriculum. (2015).
McKay, G. Protecting Myself, Protecting The Nation: Sierra Leone Uniformed Services Ebola Awareness Training Facilitator’s Guide. (2014).