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Professor Joanna Schellenberg

BA MSc PhD

Professor
of Epidemiology & International Health

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44(0)207 927 2358

My research focus is the development and evaluation of public health interventions for newborn, infant, child, and maternal survival in low and middle income countries, including evaluation of equity as well as effectiveness. I was based in Tanzania for 9 years, and have been involved in collaborative research with Ifakara Health Institute since 1992. I am a currently a visiting professor in the Institute of Global Health in the Faculty of Medicine at Geneva University. I have a particular interest in quality improvement in health care, in community-based interventions, in programme design for both sustainability and scale, and in embedding capacity development in global health research studies. 

Affiliations

Department of Disease Control
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Malaria Centre
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Statistical Methodology

Teaching

I teach study design on the Master's Course in Epidemiology by Distance Learning, as well as for the London-based module on Malaria Epidemiology & Control. 

Research

I am co-principal investigator for the second phase of the multi-disciplinary IDEAS project, which involves measurement, learning and evaluation for maternal and newborn health in Ethiopia, Nigeria and India as has a budget to date of $26m.  I am principal investigator of IDEAS’ sister project Dagu, which includes capacity development for public health evaluation in Ethiopia; and also lead the evaluation of Safe Care, Saving Lives, a quality-improvement intervention for neonatal survival in Andhra Pradesh and Telegana States in India. Previously I led a cluster-randomised trial of a home-based counselling approach for newborn health, and worked on both intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in infants and as a technical advisor to the WHO multi-country evaluation of IMCI. In 1998 I started a birth cohort in the rural area surrounding Ifakara, Tanzania: a feasibility study of the long-term follow-up of this cohort is ongoing.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Maternal health
Quality improvement
Health workers
Behaviour change
Equity
Evaluation
Impact evaluation
Inequalities
Neonatal health
Implementation research
Discipline
Epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Malaria
Country
Ethiopia
India
Nigeria
Tanzania
Uganda
Region
Least developed countries: UN classification
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Protocol for the evaluation of a complex intervention aiming at increased utilisation of primary child health services in Ethiopia: a before and after study in intervention and comparison areas.
Berhanu D; Okwaraji YB; Belayneh AB; Lemango ET; Agonafer N; Birhanu BG; Abera K; Betemariam W; Medhanyie AA; Abera M
2020
BMC health services research
Major gaps in child survival by ethnic group.
Schellenberg JRMA; Berhanu D
2020
The Lancet. Global health
Child Health Accountability Tracking-extending child health measurement.
Strong K; Requejo J; Agweyu A; McKerrow N; Schellenberg J; Agbere DA; Billah SM; Boschi-Pinto C; Horiuchi S; Lazzerini M
2020
The Lancet. Child & adolescent health
How and under what circumstances do quality improvement collaboratives lead to better outcomes? A systematic review.
Zamboni K; Baker U; Tyagi M; Schellenberg J; Hill Z; Hanson C
2020
Implementation science : IS
Five Challenges in the Design and Conduct of IS Trials for HIV Prevention and Treatment.
Hargreaves JR; Hassan S; Schellenberg J; Hayes R; Webster J; Lewis J
2019
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)
Protecting migratory farmers in rural Tanzania using eave ribbons treated with the spatial mosquito repellent, transfluthrin.
Swai JK; Mmbando AS; Ngowo HS; Odufuwa OG; Finda MF; Mponzi W; Nyoni AP; Kazimbaya D; Limwagu AJ; Njalambaha RM
2019
Malaria journal
Wealth-based equity in maternal, neonatal, and child health services utilization: a cross-sectional study from Ethiopia.
Wuneh AD; Medhanyie AA; Bezabih AM; Persson LÅ; Schellenberg J; Okwaraji YB
2019
International Journal for Equity in Health
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