Prof Lars Ake Persson
Professor of Public Health Evaluation
Lars Åke Persson MD PhD. Professor of Public Health Evaluation at LSHTM since 2016. Research and teaching in collaborative projects in Ethiopia. Main focus on evaluation of maternal and child health interventions combined with research capacity development. Previously professor of International Child Health at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Director of Public Health Sciences, icddrb, Bangladesh Paediatrician, epidemiologist with 40 year’s experience of global child health including longer periods of work in Tanzania, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.
Extensive teaching experiences on all academic levels in paediatrics and child health, epidemiology, implementation research and community-based trials.
Has organized bilateral research collaboration including PhD training with institutions in Somalia, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Rwanda, and Ethiopia, where doctoral students develop their own project within larger, high-quality research program. Experience of initiating Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS) in Nicaragua and Vietnam, and responsible for HDSS in Matlab, Bangladesh during a 4-year period. Focus in research on community-based interventions for improved infant and child survival and nutrition interventions for improved maternal and child health and survival. Some 260 peer-reviewed publications.