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Prof Eric Ohuma

Associate Professor

United Kingdom

I am a Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, with a DPhil (PhD) in Medical Statistics from the University of Oxford (UK), and an MSc in Medical Statistics from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Before joining LSHTM, I was a Child Growth & Development Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Child Health (SickKids) - Canada. Previous to this, I was at the University of Oxford as the Lead Statistician of the INTERGROWTH-21st Project, an international multi-centre project that resulted in some key publications i.e., the international standards for pregnancy dating, standards for monitoring fetal size during pregnancy, neonatal size at birth, postnatal standards for monitoring preterms, and gestational weight gain standards among others. The international growth standards are currently used in several hospitals/countries and have contributed to changes in clinical practise. I started my research carreer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)/Wellcome Trust Research Centre as a Statistics intern and then was employed as a Medical Statistician.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and International Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health

Teaching

Eric is one of the module organisers for Statistical Methods in Epidemiology. He teaches on Statistical Methods in Epidemiology and Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology. Currently supervising MSc and PhD students.

Research

My research interests are particularly in maternal, newborn, and child health. Specifically, statistical methodology and applications for child growth and development, clinical prediction modelling, and impact evaluation of complex interventions.

Research Area
Bayesian analysis
Capacity development
Child health
Complex interventions
Global health
Statistical methods
Perinatal health
Maternal health
Newborn health
Health impact analysis
Health systems
Modelling
Country
Brazil
Kenya
Ghana
Tanzania
Malawi
Nigeria
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
Least developed countries: UN classification

Selected Publications

Cooking with liquefied petroleum gas or biomass and fetal growth outcomes: a multi-country randomised controlled trial
Checkley, W; Thompson, LM; Hossen, S; Nicolaou, L; Williams, KN; Hartinger, SM; Chiang, M; Balakrishnan, K; Garg, SS; Thangavel, G; Aravindalochanan, V; Rosa, G; Mukeshimana, A; Ndagijimana, F; McCracken, JP; Diaz-Artiga, A; Sinharoy, SS; Waller, L; Wang, J; Jabbarzadeh, S; Chen, Y; Steenland, K; Kirby, MA; Ramakrishnan, U; Johnson, M; ... Nkurunziza, V.
2024
The Lancet Global Health
Quantifying health facility service readiness for small and sick newborn care: comparing standards-based and WHO level-2 + scoring for 64 hospitals implementing with NEST360 in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
PENZIAS, RE; Bohne, C; Gicheha, E; Molyneux, EM; Gathara, D; Ngwala, SK; Zimba, E; Rashid, E; Odedere, O; Dosunmu, O; Tillya, R; Shabani, J; CROSS, JH; Ochieng, C; Webster, HH; Chiume, M; Dube, Q; Wainaina, J; Kassim, I; Irimu, G; Adudans, S; James, F; Tongo, O; Ezeaka, VC; Salim, N; ... With the Health Facility Assessment Data Collectio,
2024
BMC pediatrics
Health facility assessment of small and sick newborn care in low- and middle-income countries: systematic tool development and operationalisation with NEST360 and UNICEF.
PENZIAS, RE; Bohne, C; Ngwala, SK; Zimba, E; Lufesi, N; Rashid, E; Gicheha, E; Odedere, O; Dosunmu, O; Tillya, R; Shabani, J; CROSS, JH; Liaghati-Mobarhan, S; Chiume, M; Banda, G; Chalira, A; Wainaina, J; Gathara, D; Irimu, G; Adudans, S; James, F; Tongo, O; Ezeaka, VC; Msemo, G; Salim, N; ... With the Health Facility Assessment Technical Cont,
2024
BMC pediatrics
National, regional, and global estimates of low birthweight in 2020, with trends from 2000: a systematic analysis.
OKWARAJI, YB; Krasevec, J; BRADLEY, E; Conkle, J; Stevens, GA; Gatica-Domínguez, G; OHUMA, EO; Coffey, C; Estevez Fernandez, DG; BLENCOWE, H; Kimathi, B; Moller, A-B; LEWIN, A; Hussain-Alkhateeb, L; Dalmiya, N; LAWN, JE; Borghi, E; Hayashi, C;
2024
Lancet (London, England)
Stillbirths: Contribution of preterm birth and size-for-gestational age for 125.4 million total births from nationwide records in 13 countries, 2000-2020.
OKWARAJI, YB; Suárez-Idueta, L; OHUMA, EO; BRADLEY, E; Yargawa, J; Pingray, V; Cormick, G; Gordon, A; Flenady, V; Horváth-Puhó, E; Sørensen, HT; Sakkeus, L; Abuladze, L; Heidarzadeh, M; Khalili, N; Yunis, KA; Al Bizri, A; Karalasingam, SD; Jeganathan, R; Barranco, A; Van Dijk, AE; Broeders, L; Alyafei, F; AlQubaisi, M; Razaz, N; ... National Vulnerable Newborn Collaborative Group fo,
2023
BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
Neonatal mortality risk of large-for-gestational-age and macrosomic live births in 15 countries, including 115.6 million nationwide linked records, 2000-2020.
Suárez-Idueta, L; OHUMA, EO; Chang, C-J; Hazel, EA; Yargawa, J; OKWARAJI, YB; BRADLEY, E; Gordon, A; Sexton, J; Lawford, HL S; PAIXAO, ES; Falcão, IR; Lisonkova, S; Wen, Q; Velebil, P; Jírová, J; Horváth-Puhó, E; Sørensen, HT; Sakkeus, L; Abuladze, L; Yunis, KA; Al Bizri, A; Alvarez, SL; Broeders, L; Van Dijk, AE; ... National Vulnerable Newborn Mortality Collaborativ,
2023
BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
Neonatal inpatient dataset for small and sick newborn care in low- and middle-income countries: systematic development and multi-country operationalisation with NEST360.
CROSS, JH; Bohne, C; Ngwala, SK; Shabani, J; Wainaina, J; Dosunmu, O; Kassim, I; PENZIAS, RE; Tillya, R; GATHARA, D; Zimba, E; Ezeaka, VC; Odedere, O; Chiume, M; Salim, N; Kawaza, K; Lufesi, N; Irimu, G; Tongo, OO; Malla, L; Paton, C; DAY, LT; Oden, M; Richards-Kortum, R; Molyneux, EM; ... With NEST360 Neonatal Inpatient Dataset Learning G,
2023
BMC pediatrics
Blood culture versus antibiotic use for neonatal inpatients in 61 hospitals implementing with the NEST360 Alliance in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, and Tanzania: a cross-sectional study.
Murless-Collins, S; Kawaza, K; Salim, N; Molyneux, EM; Chiume, M; Aluvaala, J; Macharia, WM; Ezeaka, VC; Odedere, O; Shamba, D; Tillya, R; PENZIAS, RE; Ezenwa, BN; OHUMA, EO; CROSS, JH; LAWN, JE; NEST360 Infection Group,;
2023
BMC pediatrics
Data for: "Neonatal mortality risk for vulnerable newborn types in 15 countries using 125.5 million nationwide birth outcome records, 2000–2020"
Suárez-Idueta, L; BLENCOWE, H; Okwaraji, YB; Yargawa, J; BRADLEY, E; Gordon, A; Flenady, V; Paixao Cruz, ES; Barreto, ML; Lisonkova, S; Wen, Q; Velebil, P; Jírová, J; Horváth-Puhó, E; Sørensen, HT; Sakkeus, L; Abuladze, L; Yunis, KA; Bizri, AA; Barranco, A; Broeders, L; Van Dijk, AE; Alyafei, F; Olukade, TO; Razaz, N; ... LAWN, JE.
2023
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
National routine data for low birthweight and preterm births: Systematic data quality assessment for United Nations member states (2000-2020).
OKWARAJI, YB; BRADLEY, E; OHUMA, EO; Yargawa, J; Suarez-Idueta, L; Requejo, J; BLENCOWE, H; LAWN, JE;
2023
BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
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