Dr Bhargavi Rao
BMBCh MA PhD MPH MRCP MFPH DTM&H
of Humanitarian Public Health
15-17 Tavistock Place
I recently joined LSHTM after 8 years working at Médecins Sans Frontières (Operational Centre Amsterdam), including leading the Emerging and Infectious Diseases portfolio, dividing my time between COVID-19, malaria and other infectious diseases outbreaks. I have worked in humanitarian responses across multiple contexts, and am a public health clinician with a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology.
In my new role, I am looking forward to developing a programme of research on malaria and infectious disease control in public health crises and complex emergencies, with a particular interest in community level interventions, as well as investigating early-warning systems and resilience (linking disease, climate and conflict). In addition I will be contributing to the development of the Health in Humanitarian Crises MSc.
To keep connected to the operational front-line, I'll be continuing in a part-time role as a malaria/infectious diseases specialist at MSF as well as retain an honorary clinical position with Public Health England.