Dr Charles Opondo
My basic training is as a pharmacist. I first came to the LSHTM in 2009 to study for an MSc in Medical Statistics. At the end of my studies in 2010 I went back to Nairobi to continue my research work in child health. I returned to the School in 2011 to study for a PhD in Medical Statistics. After completing my PhD I joined the Department of Medical Statistics in 2014 initially as a research fellow and deputy Course Director for the MSc Clinical Trials programme.
I am the Module Organiser for Further Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials (CTM208) and co-Module Organiser for Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH).
My research interests are in maternal and child health.
I have advised on and contributed to the design and analysis of a variety of studies. They include: a study developing and testing a new nutritional protocol for the treatment of acute malnutrition in children in Kenya and South Sudan (the ComPAS study); a randomised controlled trial of a new approach to combining high-dose oral antimicrobials with drug-coated dressings for the treatment of an infectious ulcerative disease in Ghana (the BuruliRIFDACC trial); a trial in Uganda of kangaroo mother care offered to low birthweight neonates before stabilisation (the OMWaNA study); a study to reduce aggression and bullying to promote emotional health and well-being in secondary schools in England (the INCLUSIVE study); a study in Zomba, Malawi to investigate the impact of a school-based programme of diagnosis and treatment of malaria on school attendance; the Kenyan district hospitals study to improve the quality of inpatient care for children; a study to improve the health and survival of mothers and babies through generating evidence to inform policy and practice in Ethiopia, Nigeria and India (the IDEAs project); and a trial investigating the effect of lipid nutritional supplementation in addition to seasonal malaria chemoprophylaxis on morbidity and mortality of children in Nigeria (the SMaMP trial), among others.
My other research is at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit of the University of Oxford where I am a co-investigator in the Children's Surgery Outcome Reporting (CSOR) programme.