Dr Neha Singh
BA MPH PhD
in Health Systems and Reproductive, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
15-17 Tavistock Place
Neha is the Deputy Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre. She has a background in public health and expertise in health systems and financing research using mixed methods to improve women’s, children’s and adolescent health in humanitarian crises (Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria, Uganda) and under-resourced settings (India, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, China). Neha has specific interests in using participatory approaches and research methodologies based on systems thinking and complexity science to analyse and improve the prioritisation, design and delivery of health interventions.
Neha is a technical advisor to the World Health Organization on sexual and reproductive health guidelines and research in under-resourced and humanitarian crises settings, and to the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) on their work in humanitarian and fragile settings. Neha is also a core member of the Countdown to 2030 Drivers Technical Working Group, providing 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 country and crises settings.
I co-organise the Family Planning Programmes module and contribute to teaching on the Conflict and Health module.
I supervise PhD, DrPH and MSc students, and tutor students in the Reproductive and Sexual Health Research MSc course.
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 under-resourced and humanitarian crises settings.
I am part of the ACCESS consortium, aiming to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights for marginalised populations in complex and challenging environments.
As part of the RECAP project, I am leading a study in Northern Uganda to assess health financing arrangements and service delivery for sexual, reproductive and maternal health intervention for refugee and Ugandan adolescent girls and women. In Lebanon, I am also involved in research assessing health financing arrangements for Syrian refugee and Lebanese women, adolescents and children.
As part of the BRANCH consortium, I have conducted research on assessing supply- and demand-side factors to facilitating or hindering delivery of key health interventions for women and children in Syria. I am also leading a study on analyising the implementation of key interventions for women, children and adolescents in 10 conflict-affected countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
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.
I am also leading an evidence review of sexual and reproductive health interventions for young people in humanitarian settings.
My research in under-resourced settings is focused on health financing, specifically assessing the health systems effects of pay for performance programmes in sub-Saharan Africa (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Zambia).