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Dr Bhargavi Rao

BMBCh MA PhD MPH MRCP MFPH DTM&H

Associate Professor
of Humanitarian Public Health

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

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.

Affiliations

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

Centres

Malaria Centre
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Research

Research Area
Climate change
Complex interventions
Conflict
Diagnostics
Infectious disease policy
Maternal health
Parasites
Public health
Vaccines
Viruses
Water
Disease control
Global Health
Migration
Natural disasters
Outbreaks
Vector control
Violence
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Malaria
Measles
Pandemic diseases
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Respiratory disease
Tropical diseases
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease

Selected Publications

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
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
2020
BMC infectious diseases
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
2020
NATURE MEDICINE
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
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
2019
Vaccine
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