Dr Neha Singh


Research Fellow
in Health Systems and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7927 2902

I am a public health specialist with experience in both quantitative and qualitative research in addition to programme implementation. I received my MPH in Health Behaviour and Health Education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on East Africa, and my PhD at LSHTM while coordinating a multi-country trial in Asia and Latin America to improve child health.

I am interested in conducting health policy and systems research to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health in vulnerable populations and in low- and middle-income countries. Until recently, I was the technical coordinator for the health policy and systems technical working group as part of Countdown to 2030 (formerly Countdown to 2015) — a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional consortium that uses country-specific data to stimulate and support country progress towards achieving global goals tracking maternal and child mortality.

I currently work on three studies with a focus on health systems and policy research to improve women’s and children’s health in crises settings and low- and middle-income countries.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I co-organise the Family Planning Programmes module, and contribute to teaching and tutoring on the Reproductive and Sexual Health Research MSc course, and on the Health Policy, Process and Power module.


I currently work on the following three research studies across LSHTM's EPH and PHP Faculties with a focus on health systems and policy research to improve women’s and children’s health in crises settings and low- and middle-income countries:

1. A study examining the mechanisms and effects of performance based financing to improve maternal and child health in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

2. A mixed method study to assess the evidence base for providing sexual and reproductive health interventions including the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) in humanitarian crises settings.

3. The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) metrics measurement improvement work to improve coverage and service readiness data. My role is to provide technical guidance on the design and implementation of qualitative research across the three components of the study, which take place in Bangladesh, Tanzania, Nepal and Malawi. 
Research Area
Child health
Health care policy
Health policy
Health promotion
Health systems
Maternal health
Public health
Behaviour change
Mixed methods
Mobile technologies
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Operational research
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
South Africa
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Progress and challenges in maternal health in western China: a Countdown to 2015 national case study.
Gao, Y. ; Zhou, H. ; Singh, N.S. ; Powell-Jackson, T. ; Nash, S. ; Yang, M. ; Guo, S. ; Fang, H. ; Alvarez, M.M. ; Liu, X. ; Pan, J. ; Wang, Y. ; Ronsmans, C. ;
Lancet Glob Health
Countdown to 2015 country case studies: what have we learned about processes and progress towards MDGs 4 and 5?
Moucheraud, C. ; Owen, H. ; Singh, N.S. ; Ng, C.K. ; Requejo, J. ; Lawn, J.E. ; Berman, P. ; Countdown Case Study Collaboration Group, . ; COLLABORATORS;Salehi, A. ; Hong, Z. ; Ronsmans, C. ; Yanqiu, G. ; Kebede, H. ; Mann, C. ; Ruducha, J. ; Tadesse, M. ; Ngugi, A. ; Keats, E. ; Macharia, W. ; Ravishankar, N. ; Singh, N. ; Tole, J. ; Bryce, J. ; Colbourn, T. ; Daelmans, B. ; Kanyuka, M. ; Nsona, H. ; Askeer, N. ; Bhutta, Z. ; Bhatti, Z. ; Rizvi, A. ; de Guzman, J. ; Huicho, L. ; Victora, C. ; Afnan-Holmes, H. ; John, T. ; Lawn, J. ; Magoma, M. ; Msemo, G. ;
BMC Public Health
Countdown to 2015 country case studies: systematic tools to address the "black box" of health systems and policy assessment.
Singh, N.S. ; Huicho, L. ; Afnan-Holmes, H. ; John, T. ; Moran, A.C. ; Colbourn, T. ; Grundy, C. ; Matthews, Z. ; Maliqi, B. ; Mathai, M. ; Daelmans, B. ; Requejo, J. ; Lawn, J.E. ; Countdown to 2015 Health Systems and Policies Technical Working Group, . ;
BMC Public Health
Subnational variation for care at birth in Tanzania: is this explained by place, people, money or drugs?
Armstrong, C.E. ; Martínez-Álvarez, M. ; Singh, N.S. ; John, T. ; Afnan-Holmes, H. ; Grundy, C. ; Ruktanochai, C.W. ; Borghi, J. ; Magoma, M. ; Msemo, G. ; Matthews, Z. ; Mtei, G. ; Lawn, J.E. ;
BMC Public Health
Countries' progress for women's and children's health in the Millennium Development Goal era: the Countdown to 2015 experience
Berman, P.; Requejo, J.; Bhutta, Z.A.; Singh, N.S.; Owen, H.; Lawn, J.E.
Bmc Public Health
Countdown to 2015: Ethiopia's progress towards reduction in under-five mortality: 2014 country case study
Tadesse, M.; Defar, A.; Getachew, T.; Amenu, K.; Teklie, H.; Asfaw, E.; Bekele, A.; Kebede, A.; Assefa, Y.; Demissie, T.; Yassin, M.; Shiferaw, N.; Alemu, T.; Ruducha, J.; Kebede, H.; Bekele, T.; Teklay, E.; Sima, Y.; Mann, C.; Franca, G.; Singh, N.; Friberg, I.; Barros, A.; Bryce, J.; Berman, P.; Shiferaw, A.; Ameha, A.; Baschieri, A.; Kibur, M.
Designing appropriate complementary feeding recommendations: tools for programmatic action.
Daelmans, B. ; Ferguson, E. ; Lutter, C.K. ; Singh, N. ; Pachón, H. ; Creed-Kanashiro, H. ; Woldt, M. ; Mangasaryan, N. ; Cheung, E. ; Mir, R. ; Pareja, R. ; Briend, A. ;
Matern Child Nutr
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