Prof Lars Ake Persson

Professor of Public Health Evaluation

United Kingdom

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.


Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health


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.

Selected Publications

Effective coverage of antenatal care services in Ethiopia: a population-based cross-sectional study.
Abdissa, Z; Alemu, K; Lemma, S; BERHANU, D; Defar, A; Getachew, T; SCHELLENBERG, J; MARCHANT, T; Shiferaw, S; Tariku, A; Guadu, T; Taye, G; Zelalem, M; PERSSON, LA;
BMC pregnancy and childbirth
Data-driven decision-making for district health management: a cluster-randomised study in 24 districts of Ethiopia.
Avan, BI; Dubale, M; Taye, G; MARCHANT, T; Persson, LÅ; SCHELLENBERG, J;
BMJ global health
Trends and risk of recurrent preterm birth in pregnancy cohorts in rural Bangladesh, 1990-2019.
Aktar, S; Nu, UT; Rahman, M; Pervin, J; Rahman, SM; El Arifeen, S; Persson, LÅ; Rahman, A;
BMJ global health
A facilitated social innovation: stakeholder groups using Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles for perinatal health across levels of the health system in Cao Bang province, Vietnam.
Bergström, A; Hoa, DP; Nga, NT; Hoa, T; Tu, TT; Lien, PT L; Trang, T; Wallin, L; PERSSON, L-Å; Eriksson, L;
Implementation science communications
Quality of sick child management by health extension workers: role of a complex improvement intervention.
Daka, DW; Wordofa, MA; BERHANU, D; Persson, LÅ; Woldie, M;
BMC health services research
Early Life Environmental Exposure to Cadmium, Lead, and Arsenic and Age at Menarche: A Longitudinal Mother-Child Cohort Study in Bangladesh.
Malin Igra, A; Rahman, A; Johansson, AL V; Pervin, J; Svefors, P; Arifeen, SE; Vahter, M; PERSSON, L-Å; Kippler, M;
Environmental health perspectives
Is Women's Engagement in Women's Development Groups Associated with Enhanced Utilization of Maternal and Neonatal Health Services? A Cross-Sectional Study in Ethiopia.
Gebregizabher, FA; Medhanyie, AA; Bezabih, AM; Persson, LÅ; Abegaz, DB;
International journal of environmental research and public health
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