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Dr Bhargavi Rao

Clinical Associate Professor Pub. Health

United Kingdom

I recently joined LSHTM after 10 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'm developing a portfolio of research on malaria and infectious disease control in public health crises and complex emergencies, with a particular interest in surveillance, early-warning systems and anticipatory action (linking disease, climate and conflict) as well as zero-dose communities, vaccination and other mass-interventions strategies in crises.

In addition I am one of the co-Programme Directors of the new Distance-Learning Health in Humanitarian Crises programme and currently also module organiser for HHM102 Design & Planning of Humanitarian projects. I additionally am co-editing the revised Conflict and Health textbook which serves as the basis for the distance learning PHM214 Conflict & Health module.

To keep connected to the operational front-line, I'm continuing in a part-time role at MSF as Clinical Research Lead and malaria/infectious diseases advisor, as well as retaining an honorary clinical position with UKSHA.

Affiliations

Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Centres

Malaria Centre

Teaching

Co-Programme Directors for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme DL

Co-module organiser for HHM102 Design & Planning of Humanitarian projects

Co-editor for PHM214 Conflict & Health module textbook

Lecturer for Conflict & Health module (1402) - intensive course

Research

Anticipatory Action

Early warning systems

Surveillance

Climate change

Complex interventions

Conflict

Malaria

Pneumonia

Diagnostics

Infectious disease policy

Maternal health

Public health

Viruses

Disease control

Global Health

Natural disasters

Outbreaks

Vector control

Vaccination

Mass drug administration

Community interventions - iCCM

Research Area
Health in humanitarian crises
Outbreaks
Surveillance
Vaccinations
Climate change
Refugees
Conflict
Natural disasters
Maternal health
Child health
Diagnostics
Disease and Health Conditions
Malaria
Pneumonia
Emerging infectious diseases
Infectious diseases
Diarrhoeal diseases
Respiratory diseases
Zoonoses
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Tropical diseases
Vector borne diseases
Measles

Selected Publications

The Governance of Childhood Vaccination Services in Crisis Settings: A Scoping Review.
ABDELMAGID, N; Southgate, RJ; ALHAFFAR, M; Ahmed, M; Bani, H; MOUNIER-JACK, S; DAHAB, M; CHECCHI, F; Sabahelzain, MM; Nor, B; RAO, B; SINGH, NS;
2023
Vaccines
Climate-sensitive disease outbreaks in the aftermath of extreme climatic events: A scoping review
Alcayna, T; FLETCHER, I; Gibb, R; Tremblay, L; FUNK, S; RAO, B; Lowe, R;
2022
One Earth
Estimating the Burden of SARS-CoV-2 among the Rohingya Refugees
Truelove, SA; Hegde, S; Niehaus, L; Kostandova, N; Altare, C; RAO, VB; Smith, J; Cros, PD; Azman, AS; Spiegel, P;
2021
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
The potential public health consequences of COVID-19 on malaria in Africa.
Sherrard-Smith, E; Hogan, AB; Hamlet, A; Watson, OJ; Whittaker, C; Winskill, P; Ali, F; Mohammad, AB; Uhomoibhi, P; Maikore, I; Ogbulafor, N; Nikau, J; Kont, MD; Challenger, JD; Verity, R; Lambert, B; CAIRNS, M; RAO, B; BAGUELIN, M; Whittles, LK; Lees, JA; Bhatia, S; Knock, ES; Okell, L; Slater, HC; ... Churcher, TS.
2020
NATURE MEDICINE
Prioritising pathogens for the management of severe febrile patients to improve clinical care in low- and middle-income countries.
Osborn, J; Roberts, T; Guillen, E; Bernal, O; Roddy, P; Ongarello, S; Sprecher, A; Page, A-L; Ribeiro, I; Piriou, E; Tamrat, A; De la Tour, R; RAO, VB; Flevaud, L; Jensen, T; McIver, L; Kelly, C; Dittrich, S;
2020
BMC infectious diseases
Markers of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine resistance in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; implications for malaria chemoprevention.
Van Lenthe, M; Van der Meulen, R; Lassovski, M; Ouabo, A; Bakula, E; Badio, C; Cibenda, D; Okell, L; Piriou, E; GRIGNARD, L; Lanke, K; RAO, B; Bousema, T; ROPER, C;
2019
Malar J
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine use during humanitarian crises.
VAN ZANDVOORT, K; CHECCHI, F; Diggle, E; EGGO, RM; Gadroen, K; Mulholland, K; MCGOWAN, CR; LE POLAIN DE WAROUX, O; RAO, VB; Satzke, C; FLASCHE, S;
2019
Vaccine
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