Charles Opondo

PhD MSc BPharm

Associate Professor
of Medical Statistics and Co-Director of the Clinical Trials Unit


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 in 2014 initially as a research fellow and deputy Course Director for the MSc Clinical Trials programme.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Medical Statistics


Charles is the Module Organiser for Further Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials (CTM208) and co-Module Organiser for Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH).


Charles' research interests are in maternal and child 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 trial in Uganda of kangaroo mother care offered to low birthweigh 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).

Charles' other research is at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit of the University of Oxford where he is a co-investigator in the Children's Surgery Outcome Reporting (CSOR) programme.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical care
Clinical guidelines
Clinical trials
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Respiratory disease
Tropical diseases
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Management of Gastroschisis: Results From the NETS2G Study, a Joint British, Irish, and Canadian Prospective Cohort Study of 1268 Infants.
Allin BSR; Opondo C; Kurinczuk JJ; Baird R; Puligandla P; Skarsgard E; Knight M; on behalf of the BAPS-CASS/NETS
Annals of Surgery
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
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
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