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Vishna Shah

MSc BSc

Research Fellow

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

My research focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene. I specialise in designing and evaluating menstrual health and hygiene programs and interventions at a school and community level. My work focuses on mixed methodologies, with a focus on qualitative methods. I have mainly worked in East and West Africa. I am a member of the Environmental Health Group in the Department of Disease Control.

Prior to this I worked in a clinical laboratory. I hold an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For my MSc thesis I conducted formative research on menstrual health and hygiene in The Gambia.

Affiliations

Medical Research Council
Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Centres

Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

I teach on Applied Public Health in Developing Countries.

I am a tutor on a distance learning MSc module. This module focuses on water supply, sanitation and hygiene in low and middle income countries. 

I also supervise MSc summer students projects.

Research

My main area of focus currently is designing and evaluating menstrual health and hygiene programs in Africa.

My work includes:

  • Designing and refined intervention packages to improve knowledge, perceptions and practices linked to Menstruation and menstrual hygiene and to reduce school absenteeism. 
  • Develop tools for measuring menstrual outcomes linked to health and wellbeing.
  • Monitoring and evaluating a multicomponent randomised control trial in The Gambia
Research Area
Complex interventions
Hygiene
Sanitation
Water
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Capacity strengthening
Evaluation
Gender
Mixed methods
Qualitative methods
Randomised controlled trials
Reproductive health
Schools
Education
Discipline
Epidemiology
Operational research
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Country
The Gambia
Kenya
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
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