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Professor Andrew Smith

BSc MSc MB BS MRCP DCH DObstRCOG

Honorary Professor

Room
International Centre for Evidence in Disability

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0) 20 7958 8170

Fax.
+44 (0) 20 7958 8325

My main interest is to study, promote and teach the epidemiology, control and rehabilitation of deafness and hearing impairment in less developed parts of the world.

I am a member of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED).

I have been principal investigator or provided technical advice in surveys and intervention studies on hearing impairment in various low and middle-income countries around the world.

Before joining LSHTM in 2008, I was responsible for the programme for Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment at the World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva, Switzerland from 1996. I continue to support WHO activities in this field.

Prior to WHO, I was head of the Hearing Impairment Research Group at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK. Before that, I worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pakistan amongst Afghan refugees, and the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) in The Gambia. I originally trained as a paediatrician in the UK, Canada and South Africa, and subsequently developed interests in international public health.

 

Affiliations

Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Centres

Evidence on Disability

Teaching

Through devising, coordinating and teaching the short course on Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment, I promote a public health approach for ear and hearing health.

The course is intended to develop a cadre of professionals who will use and spread this approach in low and middle-income coutries, and in disadvantaged communities in high-income countries.

The course started in London in 2009. In 2016 it was held in Nairobi, Hyderabad, Lima, Manila, and Islamabad. From 2009 to end March 2017, 751 health work from 41 countries will have been taught in 25 courses in 9 centres throughout the world - London, Hyderabad, Cape Town, Nairobi, Lima (in Spanish), Vancouver, Ouagadougou (in French), Manila, Islamabad, Harare.

Research

My research is focused on measuring the prevalence, causes and impact of deafness and hearing impairment in low and middle income countries. I have also conducted studies of interventions against ear and hearing disorders in these countries using innovative methods. The aim of this research is to bring about appropriate and cost-effective solutions for hearing health in underserved areas of the world.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical trials
Health impact analysis
Health promotion
Public health
Disease control
Discipline
Epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Disability
Non-communicable diseases
Country
Burkina Faso
Canada
China
Ecuador
United Kingdom
Gambia, The
India
Kenya
Madagascar
Pakistan
Peru
South Africa
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Europe & Central Asia (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
World

Selected Publications

Dual sensory impairment in special schools in South-Eastern Nigeria.
Aghaji, A.E. ; Bowman, R. ; Ofoegbu, V.C. ; Smith, A. ;
Arch Dis Child
Global and regional hearing impairment prevalence
Stevens, G.A.; Flaxman, S.M.; Mascarenhas, M.; Davis, K.; Brunskill, E.; Davis, A.; Smith, A.W.; Hoffman, H.J.; Mathers, C.D.
Prevention of Hearing Loss
National and regional programmes
Smith, A.W.; Bevilacqua, M.C.; Bu, X.; Agarwal, A.K.; Chadha, S.K.
Prevention of Hearing Loss
Overall strategies of prevention
Smith, A.W.
Prevention of Hearing Loss
Deafness - the neglected and hidden disability
Mackenzie, I.; Smith, A.
Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology
Loss of Vision and Hearing
Cook, J.; Frick, K.D.; Baltussen, R.; Resnikoff, S.; Smith, A.; Mecaskey, J.; Kilima, P.
Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries.
See all Professor Andrew Smith's Publications