Dr Neha Singh


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


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7927 2902

Neha is the co-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, 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 a member of the Interagency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises. 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.


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


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


I co-organise the Family Planning Programmes module; and lecture on and lead seminars in 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.

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 (Tanzania and Zambia).

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

Action to protect the independence and integrity of global health research
Storeng KT; Abimbola S; Balabanova D; McCoy D; Ridde V; Filippi V; Roalkvam S; Akello G; Parker M; Palmer J
BMJ Global Health
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
Accelerating Kenya's progress to 2030: understanding the determinants of under-five mortality from 1990 to 2015.
Keats EC; Macharia W; Singh NS; Akseer N; Ravishankar N; Ngugi AK; Rizvi A; Khaemba EN; Tole J; Bhutta ZA
BMJ global health
Countdown to 2030: tracking progress towards universal coverage for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health.
Countdown to 2030 Collaboration; Boerma T; Requejo J; Victora CG; Amouzou A; George A; Agyepong I; Barroso C; Barros AJD; Bhutta ZA
Support for UNRWA's survival.
Blanchet K; El-Zein A; Langer A; Sato M; 159 signatories; Abdulrahim S; Abouchacra K; Afifi R; Agnoletto V; Akashi H
How Ethiopia achieved Millennium Development Goal 4 through multisectoral interventions: a Countdown to 2015 case study.
Ruducha J; Mann C; Singh NS; Gemebo TD; Tessema NS; Baschieri A; Friberg I; Zerfu TA; Yassin M; Franca GA
The Lancet 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
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; Salehi A; Hong Z
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
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
Designing appropriate complementary feeding recommendations: tools for programmatic action.
Daelmans B; Ferguson E; Lutter CK; Singh N; Pachón H; Creed-Kanashiro H; Woldt M; Mangasaryan N; Cheung E; Mir R
Maternal & child nutrition
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