Charles Opondo

BPharm MSc PhD

Honorary Assistant Professor


Keppel Street
United Kingdom


Charles' basic training is as a pharmacist. He first came to the LSHTM in 2009 to study for an MSc in Medical Statistics. At the end of his studies in 2010 he went back to Nairobi to continue his research work in child health. He returned to the School in 2011 to study for a PhD in Medical Statistics. After completing his PhD he joined the Department of Medical Statistics as deputy Course Director for the MSc Clinical Trials programme.


Department of Medical Statistics


Charles is the Module Organiser for Further Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials (CTM208).


Charles' research interests are in child and newborn health.

He has 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 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; 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).

He is designing and testing novel approaches to measuring quality of care for children receiving in-patient hospital care, linked to work conducted in a cluster randomised trial in Kenya.

Charles' other research is at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit of the University of Oxford. He is exploring the impact of fathers' involvement on the psychosocial development of children in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (the ALSPAC Fathers study), and the role of social deprivation in explaining variations in health outcomes in infants.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical care
Clinical guidelines
Quality improvement
Health services
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Respiratory disease
Tropical diseases
United Kingdom
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Preventive malaria treatment among school-aged children in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analyses.
Cohee LM; Opondo C; Clarke SE; Halliday KE; Cano J; Shipper AG; Barger-Kamate B; Djimde A; Diarra S; Dokras A
The Lancet Global Health
Impact of school-based malaria case management on school attendance, health and education outcomes: a cluster randomised trial in southern Malawi.
Halliday KE; Witek-McManus SS; Opondo C; Mtali A; Allen E; Bauleni A; Ndau S; Phondiwa E; Ali D; Kachigunda V
BMJ Global Health
Seasonal malaria chemoprevention packaged with malnutrition prevention in northern Nigeria: A pragmatic trial (SMAMP study) with nested case-control.
Ward A; Guillot A; Nepomnyashchiy LE; Graves JC; Maloney K; Omoniwa OF; Emegbuonye L; Opondo C; Kerac M; Omoluabi E
Combined Protocol for Acute Malnutrition Study (ComPAS) in rural South Sudan and urban Kenya: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.
Bailey J; Lelijveld N; Marron B; Onyoo P; Ho LS; Manary M; Briend A; Opondo C; Kerac M
Effects of the Learning Together intervention on bullying and aggression in English secondary schools (INCLUSIVE): a cluster randomised controlled trial.
Bonell C; Allen E; Warren E; McGowan J; Bevilacqua L; Jamal F; Legood R; Wiggins M; Opondo C; Mathiot A
The Lancet
Health impacts of parental migration on left-behind children and adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Fellmeth G; Rose-Clarke K; Zhao C; Busert LK; Zheng Y; Massazza A; Sonmez H; Eder B; Blewitt A; Lertgrai W
The Lancet
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