Ms Estelle McLean


Research Fellow
Data Scientist

Karonga Prevention Study
PO Box 46

After completing the MSc. epidemiology at LSHTM in 2007 I worked for the UK Health Protection Agency on national influenza surveillance, including during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.  I then worked as a field epidemiologist on infectious disease outbreaks in Nigeria, Malawi and South Sudan for Médecins Sans Frontières.  I joined the school in 2013, working for the ALPHA network of longitudinal population HIV studies in sub-Saharan Africa while based in London, before moving out to the Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance Site in northern Malawi in 2014. I work as the data scientist and have been involved in many different epidemiological and demographic analyses, qualitative data collection and analysis and field data collection techniqes, including electronic data capture. I continue to be involved with the ALPHA network, and also the Africa Non-communicable Diseases Longitudinal Data Alliance (ANDLA).


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


I am a tutor on the 'Practical Epidemiology' distance learning module (EPM103).


I am working to make our complex, longitudinal data resource more accessible to enable more in-depth demographic and epidemiological analyses.  I am doing my PhD using these data to examine the effects of family and household structure during childhood and adolescence on mortality, puberty and reproductive health outcomes.

Research Area
Child health
Adolescent health
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Risk of Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission in an antiretroviral therapy clinic.
Mzembe T; Mclean E; Khan PY; Koole O; Sichali L; Mwinuka V; Kayange M; Mzumara P; Dimba A; Crampin AC
AIDS (London, England)
Glycated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) for detection of diabetes mellitus and impaired fasting glucose in Malawi: a diagnostic accuracy study.
Rathod SD; Crampin AC; Musicha C; Kayuni N; Banda L; Saul J; McLean E; Branson K; Jaffar S; Nyirenda MJ
BMJ open
Implementing electronic data capture at a well-established health and demographic surveillance site in rural northern Malawi.
McLean E; Dube A; Saul J; Branson K; Luhanga M; Mwiba O; Kalobekamo F; Geis S; Crampin AC
Global health action
Changes in Fertility at the Population Level in the Era of ART in Rural Malawi.
McLean E; Price A; Chihana M; Kayuni N; Marston M; Koole O; Zaba B; Crampin A; ALPHA Network
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)
Traditional healers, faith healers and medical practitioners: the contribution of medical pluralism to bottlenecks along the cascade of care for HIV/AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Moshabela M; Bukenya D; Darong G; Wamoyi J; McLean E; Skovdal M; Ddaaki W; Ondeng'e K; Bonnington O; Seeley J
Sexually transmitted infections
'Side effects' are 'central effects' that challenge retention in HIV treatment programmes in six sub-Saharan African countries: a multicountry qualitative study.
Renju J; Moshabela M; McLean E; Ddaaki W; Skovdal M; Odongo F; Bukenya D; Wamoyi J; Bonnington O; Seeley J
Sexually transmitted infections
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