Dr Neha Singh


Associate Professor
of health systems and policy

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7927 2902

I conduct interdisciplinary health policy and systems research, aiming to improve the design, prioritisation, affordability and availability of essential health services for vulnerable populations in humanitarian crises and under-resourced settings. Under this broad theme, my research fits into 3 areas: (1) health services provision and access;
(2) health financing to improve health service delivery and equity; and (3) health policy implementation.

I am also co-Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre.


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


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


I co-organise and teach on the Family Planning Programmes module; and lecture on the Conflict and Health and Control of STIs modules.

I supervise PhD, DrPH and MSc students, and tutor students in the Reproductive and Sexual Health Research MSc course.


I spend my time between academic research and technical support to humanitarian health actors, including UN agencies and NGOs, at local, national and global levels. My research includes a range of studies focused on health policy and systems research to improve women's, children's and adolescent health in under-resourced and humanitarian crises settings.

I lead qualitative and mixed methods research on health financing arrangements and service delivery for sexual and reproductive health interventions in Northern Uganda, and mental health and preterm birth interventions in Lebanon as part of the RECAP and GOAL projects. 

In the Exemplars project, I am the health policy and systems research lead in 7 low- and middle-income countries with colleagues from 12 organisations.

In spring 2020, I was part of founding group of the COVID-19 Humanitarian Platform, which was set up with an aim of helping humanitarian actors make evidence-based decisions during the pandemic. I have since conducted research on the impact of COVID-19 on maternal, newborn and child health in humanitarian settings for Unicef (report available here); and am currently leading research on assessing adaptations and innovations that humanitarian actors have made to the healthresponse during COVID-19 with funding from ODI/ALNAP.

My previous work has included conducting research as part of the BRANCH consortium on assessing the implementation of key health interventions for women and children in Syria, which was published here. I also led a study on analysing the implementation of key interventions for women, children and adolescents in 10 conflict-affected countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America which was published here in the first Lancet series on women's and children's health in conflict settings in 2021.

In Afghanistan, I worked 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 have also led a series of evidence reviews of sexual and reproductive health interventions, incudling for young people, in humanitarian settings.  

My research experience has made me keenly aware of inequities present in current research structures and health responses in humanitarian contexts. My vision is to develop and operationalise more respectful and gender-transformative ways of working in humanitarian settings and on sensitive issues (e.g. sexual and reproductive health). Working with humanitarian actors and academics, I led the first guidance document on conducting feminist and decolonial research in forced displacement settings, and am aiming to test and refine the checklist we proposed in my research.

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
Arab World
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

The development of Afghanistan's Integrated Package of Essential Health Services: Evidence, expertise and ethics in a priority setting process.
Lange IL; Feroz F; Naeem AJ; Saeedzai SA; Arifi F; Singh N; Blanchet K
Social Science & Medicine
Do we really want to know? The journey to implement empirical research recommendations in ICRC's responses in Myanmar and Lebanon.
Leresche E; Hossain M; Rossi R; Truppa C; Barth CA; Mactaggart I; Leaning J; Singh N
Analysis of health overseas development aid for internally displaced persons in low- and middle-income countries.
Roberts B; Ekezie W; Jobanputra K; Smith J; Ellithy S; Cantor D; Singh N; Patel P
Journal of migration and health
A systematic review of newborn health interventions in humanitarian settings.
Rodo M; Duclos D; DeJong J; Akik C; Singh NS
BMJ global health
Prioritising women's and girls' health in disaster settings: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and the overlapping crises affecting Beirut, Lebanon.
Stevenson K; Holtermann-Entwistle O; Alameddine R; Ghattas H; DeJong J; Singh N; Usta J
Global public health
Avoiding the Road to Nowhere: Policy Insights on Scaling up and Sustaining Digital Health.
LeFevre A; Chamberlain S; Singh NS; Scott K; Menon P; Barron P; Ved RR; George A
Global Policy
Delivering health interventions to women, children, and adolescents in conflict settings: what have we learned from ten country case studies?
Singh NS; Ataullahjan A; Ndiaye K; Das JK; Wise PH; Altare C; Ahmed Z; Sami S; Akik C; Tappis H
The Lancet
Zooming in and out: a holistic framework for research on maternal, late foetal and newborn survival and health.
Singh NS; Blanchard AK; Blencowe H; Koon AD; Boerma T; Sharma S; Campbell OMR
Health Policy And Planning
Research in forced displacement: guidance for a feminist and decolonial approach.
Singh NS; Lokot M; Undie C-C; Onyango MA; Morgan R; Harmer A; Freedman J; Heidari S
Lancet (London, England)
Responding to health needs of women, children and adolescents within Syria during conflict: intervention coverage, challenges and adaptations.
Akik C; Semaan A; Shaker-Berbari L; Jamaluddine Z; Saad GE; Lopes K; Constantin J; Ekzayez A; Singh NS; Blanchet K
Investigating the delivery of health and nutrition interventions for women and children in conflict settings: a collection of case studies from the BRANCH Consortium.
Ataullahjan A; Gaffey MF; Sami S; Singh NS; Tappis H; Black RE; Blanchet K; Boerma T; Langer A; Spiegel PB
Conflict and Health
Equity of resource flows for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health: are those most in need being left behind?
Martinez-Alvarez M; Federspiel F; Singh NS; Schäferhoff M; Lewis Sabin M; Onoka C; Mounier-Jack S; Borghi J; Pitt C
What does 'leave no one behind' mean for humanitarian crises-affected populations in the COVID-19 pandemic?
Singh L; Singh NS; Nezafat Maldonado B; Tweed S; Blanchet K; Graham WJ
BMJ Global Health
COVID-19 in humanitarian settings: documenting and sharing context-specific programmatic experiences.
Singh NS; Abrahim O; Altare C; Blanchet K; Favas C; Odlum A; Spiegel PB
Conflict and Health
A realist review to assess for whom, under what conditions and how pay for performance programmes work in low- and middle-income countries.
Singh NS; Kovacs RJ; Cassidy R; Kristensen SR; Borghi J; Brown GW
Social Science & Medicine
Mathematical modelling for health systems research: a systematic review of system dynamics and agent-based models.
Cassidy R; Singh NS; Schiratti P-R; Semwanga A; Binyaruka P; Sachingongu N; Chama-Chiliba CM; Chalabi Z; Borghi J; Blanchet K
BMC Health Services Research
Lenses and levels: the why, what and how of measuring health system drivers of women's, children's and adolescents' health with a governance focus.
George A; LeFevre AE; Jacobs T; Kinney M; Buse K; Chopra M; Daelmans B; Haakenstad A; Huicho L; Khosla R
BMJ Global Health
Progress and challenges in maternal health in western China: a Countdown to 2015 national case study.
Gao Y; Zhou H; Singh NS; Powell-Jackson T; Nash S; Yang M; Guo S; Fang H; Alvarez MM; Liu X
The Lancet Global health
Subnational variation for care at birth in Tanzania: is this explained by place, people, money or drugs?
Armstrong CE; Martínez-Álvarez M; Singh NS; John T; Afnan-Holmes H; Grundy C; Ruktanochai CW; Borghi J; Magoma M; Msemo G
BMC public 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 NS; Ng CK; Requejo J; Lawn JE; Berman P; Countdown Case Study Collaboration Group
BMC public health
Countdown to 2015 country case studies: systematic tools to address the \"black box\" of health systems and policy assessment.
Singh NS; Huicho L; Afnan-Holmes H; John T; Moran AC; Colbourn T; Grundy C; Matthews Z; Maliqi B; Mathai M
BMC public health
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