Prof Tolib Mirzoev

Professor in Global Health Policy

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
15-17 Tavistock Place
wc1h 9sh
United Kingdom

I am Professor of Global Health Policy in the Department of Global Health and Development. My expertise covers three inter-connected areas: health policies, health systems and capacity strengthening. My research is primarily in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Before joining the LSHTM in April 2021, I was based at the University of Leeds where I hold a Visiting Professorship. I also worked with government and non-government organisations, provided consultancy services to international agencies (e.g. WHO, World Bank) and advised key research funders (UKRI, NIHR, EC) through funding committees.

I am an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Health Systems Global (, and a Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) with substantial experience in teaching, guest lecturing, external examining and mentoring.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


My teaching responsibilities include:
- coordinating an Organisational or Policy Analysis (OPA) component of the Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) programme;
- module organiser, Evidence Based Public Health Policy (EBPHP);
- personal tutoring and mentoring.

I was also a seminar leader on the following modules: (a) Health Policy, Process and Power (2021-2023) and (b) Health Systems (2021-2023).


My research expertise and interests cover three inter-connected areas: health systems, health policies and capacity strengthening. Specific topics include health policy analysis | evidence-informed policymaking | health systems assessment & strengthening | health systems responsiveness | capacity assessments & strengthening | governance, planning, management | information systems | human resources | equity and social inclusion | urban health.

My research has been funded, following competitive processes, by the following major funders: the UK Research Councils (MRC, ESRC, APHRC, Research England), NIHR, FCDO/DFID, EC and WHO. Geographically, virtually all my research is in low- and middle-income countries involving equitable partnerships with academic institutions, NGOs and policymakers. In terms of health areas, my health policy and systems research has been applied to maternal health and, increasingly, to mental health and non-communicable diseases. Methodologically, my work is primarily qualitative and increasingly cross-disciplinary and mixed-methods, with multiple projects employing theory-driven realist evaluation approaches.

On health systems, I’m currently a joint Director of the NIHR Global Health Research Centre for Non-communicable Disease Control in West Africa (Stop-NCD,, leading the RESPONSE study which aims to better understand and improve health systems responsiveness in Ghana and Vietnam; and co-leading health policy analysis in AdoWA project on adolescents mental, sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Ghana and Niger). I have led REVAMP study of effectiveness of a national maternal and child health programme in Nigeria; RESPOND study of patient feedback systems in Bangladesh; HESVIC study of health systems governance in India, Vietnam and China; and the design of the intervention to improve mental health information systems in Ghana and South Africa in the MHAPP consortium. I have also jointly led research methodology in PERFORM study of decentralised management to improve staff performance in Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania; and implementation research on improving local acceptability of village midwives amongst ethnic minority communities in Vietnam.

On health policies, I am currently leading research on evidence-informed mental health policymaking in India within on-going SAMA study I have jointly led the AMIPS study and, which focused on understanding and improving implementation of medicines pricing policies in Ghana. In the past, I have also led assessment of research-policy pathways in the Big Picture project; research into the role of evidence in the development of six health policies in India and Nigeria in the EVAL-HEALTH project; assessment of data-driven health planning for urban health in Bangladesh, Nepal and Vietnam from SUE project; and examination of evidence-informed policymaking in India, Vietnam and China within HEPVIC study.

On capacity strengthening, my work entails leading and coordinating work related to individual and organisational capacity strengthening within multi-partner consortia. I’m currently capacity strengthening advisor within CHoRUS programme which focuses on urban health systems in Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal and Nigeria; and have been capacity lead within IMPACT consortium which focused on physical and mental multi-morbidity in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. In the past, I led assessments of capacities of seven African universities with regards to health policy and systems research in the CHEPSAA consortium

My further work on social inclusion included leadership of the SINC-Urban study of social inclusion within sustainable urban developments in Nigeria and Vietnam; and contributions to the Socially Inclusive Cities project which focused on social inclusion in Kenya, Nigeria, Vietnam and India, and its follow-on Partnerships for Equity and Inclusion.
Research Area
Maternal health
Global mental health
Realist evaluation
Capacity development
Global health
Health policy
Health systems
Complex interventions
Implementation science
Qualitative research
Policy analysis
Health care policy
Systematic reviews
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases
Mental health
Burkina Faso
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
South Asia

Selected Publications

Village health worker motivation for better performance in a maternal and child health programme in Nigeria: A realist evaluation.
Mbachu, C; Etiaba, E; Ebenso, B; Ogu, U; Onwujekwe, O; Uzochukwu, B; Manzano, A; MIRZOEV, T;
Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
Role of trust in sustaining provision and uptake of maternal and child healthcare: Evidence from a national programme in Nigeria.
Ezumah, N; Manzano, A; Ezenwaka, U; Obi, U; Ensor, T; Etiaba, E; Onwujekwe, O; Ebenso, B; Uzochukwu, B; Huss, R; MIRZOEV, T;
Social Science & Medicine
Examining the Roles of Stakeholders and Evidence in Policymaking for Inclusive Urban Development in Nigeria: Findings from a Policy Analysis
Onwujekwe, O; Orjiakor, CT; Odii, A; Uzochukwu, B; Agwu, P; Mbachu, C; Onuh, J; Ajaero, C; MIRZOEV, T;
Urban Forum
Systematic review of the role of social inclusion within sustainable urban developments
MIRZOEV, T; Tull, KI; Winn, N; Mir, G; King, NV; Wright, JM; Gong, YY;
International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology
How do patient feedback systems work in low-income and middle-income countries? Insights from a realist evaluation in Bangladesh.
MIRZOEV, T; Kane, S; Al Azdi, Z; Ebenso, B; Chowdhury, AA; Huque, R;
BMJ Global Health
Realist evaluation to improve health systems responsiveness to neglected health needs of vulnerable groups in Ghana and Vietnam: Study protocol.
MIRZOEV, T; Manzano, A; Ha, BT T; Agyepong, IA; Trang, DT H; Danso-Appiah, A; Thi, LM; Ashinyo, ME; Vui, LT; Gyimah, L; Chi, NT Q; Yevoo, L; Duong, DT T; Awini, E; Hicks, JP; CRONIN DE CHAVEZ, A; Kane, S;
PloS one
"If you are on duty, you may be afraid to come out to attend to a person": fear of crime and security challenges in maternal acute care in Nigeria from a realist perspective.
Etiaba, E; Manzano, A; Agbawodikeizu, U; Ogu, U; Ebenso, B; Uzochukwu, B; Onwujekwe, O; Ezumah, N; MIRZOEV, T;
BMC health services research
Reclaiming comprehensive public health.
Loewenson, R; Accoe, K; Bajpai, N; Buse, K; Deivanayagam, TA; London, L; Méndez, CA; MIRZOEV, T; NELSON, E; Parray, AA; Probandari, A; Sarriot, E; Tetui, M; Van Rensburg, AJ;
BMJ Global Health
What makes advocacy work? Stakeholders' voices and insights from prioritisation of maternal and child health programme in Nigeria.
Uzochukwu, B; Onyedinma, C; Okeke, C; Onwujekwe, O; Manzano, A; Ebenso, B; Etiaba, E; Ezuma, N; MIRZOEV, T;
BMC health services research
Tracing theories in realist evaluations of large-scale health programmes in low- and middle-income countries: experience from Nigeria.
MIRZOEV, T; Etiaba, E; Ebenso, B; Uzochukwu, B; Ensor, T; Onwujekwe, O; Huss, R; Ezumah, N; Manzano, A;
Health policy and planning
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