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).


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of 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

Assessing the validity of and factors that influence accurate self-reporting of HIV status after testing: a population-based study.
Chasimpha SJD; Mclean EM; Dube A; McCormack V; Dos-Santos-Silva I; Glynn JR
AIDS (London, England)
Effect of Acute Illness on Contact Patterns, Malawi, 2017.
Glynn JR; McLean E; Malava J; Dube A; Katundu C; Crampin AC; Geis S
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Assessing the implementation of facility-based HIV testing policies in Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania from 2013-2018: Findings from SHAPE-UTT study.
Luwanda LB; Vyas S; Songo J; Chimukuche RS; McLean E; Hassan F; Schouten E; Todd J; Geubbels E; Wringe A
Global public health
Influence of evolving HIV treatment guidance on CD4 counts and viral load monitoring: A mixed-methods study in three African countries.
Renju J; Rice B; Songo J; Hassan F; Chimukuche RS; McLean E; Kalua T; Kajoka D; Geubbels E; Moshabela M
Implications of HIV treatment policies on the health workforce in rural Malawi and Tanzania between 2013 and 2017: Evidence from the SHAPE-UTT study.
Songo J; Wringe A; Hassan F; McLean E; Vyas S; Dube A; Luwanda L; Kalua T; Kajoka D; Crampin A
Global Public Health
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
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