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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 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Department of Disease Control

Centres

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

Routine health management information system data in Ethiopia: consistency, trends, and challenges.
Adane A; Adege TM; Ahmed MM; Anteneh HA; Ayalew ES; Berhanu D; Berhanu N; Beyene MG; Bhattacharya A; Bishaw T
2021
Global health action
\"There Is No Link Between Resource Allocation and Use of Local Data\": A Qualitative Study of District-Based Health Decision-Making in West Bengal, India.
Bhattacharyya S; Issac A; Girase B; Guha M; Schellenberg J; Iqbal Avan B
2020
International journal of environmental research and public health
\"We All Join Hands\": Perceptions of the Kangaroo Method Among Female Relatives of Newborns in The Gambia.
Brotherton H; Daly M; Johm P; Jarju B; Schellenberg J; Penn-Kekana L; Lawn JE
2020
Qualitative Health Research
Barriers and enablers to routine register data collection for 7 newborns and mothers: EN-BIRTH multi-country study
Day L; Shamba D; Bin Zaman S; Sunny AK; Tarimo MN; Peven K; Khan J; Thakur N; Talha MTUS; KC A
2020
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Improving the use of focus group discussions in low income settings.
Scheelbeek PFD; Hamza YA; Schellenberg J; Hill Z
2020
BMC medical research methodology
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