Dr Neha Singh


Assistant Professor
in Health Systems and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7927 2902

I am a social scientist with expertise in health systems and financing research to improve women’s and children’s health in low- and middle-income countries and humanitarian crises settings. I have experience in applying both qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as in implementing sexual and reproductive health programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa before I joined LSHTM. I received my MPH in Health Behaviour and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on East Africa in 2008, and my PhD at LSHTM in 2014 while coordinating a multi-country trial in Asia and Latin America to improve child health and nutrition through health systems strengthening approaches. 

I am a member of the Countdown to 2030 Drivers Technical Working Group, to provide expertise on health systems and policies for equitable and effective intervention coverage for women’s, children’s and adolescent health and nutrition in low- and middle-income countries. 

I am a member of the World Health Organisation’s Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Policy Reference Group, to provide guidance on policy tracking for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

I am also a technical advisor to the World Health Organisation to provide guidance on global guidelines and research priorities for sexual and reproductive health in both low- and middle-income countries and humanitarian crises settings.


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


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 on the Conflict and Health module. 

I co-supervise a PhD student, tutor students in the MSc Reproductive and Sexual Health Research, and supervise MSc summer projects.


My research portfolio includes a range of studies focused on health systems and financing research to improve women's, children's and adolescent health in low- and middle-income countries and in humanitarian crises settings.

In the Middle East, my research is focused on assessing supply- and demand-side factors to facilitating or hindering delivery of key health interventions to Syrian women and children in Lebanon and Syria. In Lebanon, I am also involved in research assessing health financing arrangements and preferences of Syrian refugees and uninsured Lebanese host populations.

In Afghanistan, I work as part of an international team of academics to revise the country’s basic package of health services, with my role focused on leading a national- and subnational-level health system assessment with a view to assessing progress toward achieving universal health coverage targets.

My research in stable settings in low- and middle-income countries is focused on health financing, specifically assessing health systems effects of pay for performance programmes in sub-Saharan Africa (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Zambia) and Brazil.  

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health care financing
Health systems
Maternal health
Public health
Sexual health
Systematic reviews
Adolescent health
Health workers
Behaviour change
Global Health
Mixed methods
Mobile technologies
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Health economics
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Syrian Arab Republic
Arab World
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

A long way to go: a systematic review to assess the utilisation of sexual and reproductive health services during humanitarian crises.
Singh, N.S. ; Aryasinghe, S. ; Smith, J. ; Khosla, R. ; Say, L. ; Blanchet, K. ;
BMJ Glob Health
Accelerating Kenya's progress to 2030: understanding the determinants of under-five mortality from 1990 to 2015.
Keats, E.C. ; Macharia, W. ; Singh, N.S. ; Akseer, N. ; Ravishankar, N. ; Ngugi, A.K. ; Rizvi, A. ; Khaemba, E.N. ; Tole, J. ; Bhutta, Z.A. ;
BMJ Glob Health
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
How Ethiopia achieved Millennium Development Goal 4 through multisectoral interventions: a Countdown to 2015 case study.
Ruducha, J. ; Mann, C. ; Singh, N.S. ; Gemebo, T.D. ; Tessema, N.S. ; Baschieri, A. ; Friberg, I. ; Zerfu, T.A. ; Yassin, M. ; Franca, G.A. ; Berman, P. ;
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
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