Dr Neha Singh
BA MPH PhD
in Health Systems and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
15-17 Tavistock Place
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.
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.