Dr Seyi Soremekun


Assistant Professor
of Epidemiology


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

I am an epidemiologist with a research focus in low and middle income settings. My interests more broadly cover the fields of infectious diseases and child health and development. I have conducted evaluations to assess impacts of UKRI, Wellcome Trust, Gates Foundation, and World Bank funded public health programmes using observational or interventional methods to contribute to policy decisions for programme scale-up in Ghana, Mozambique, Uganda, The Gambia, India, Pakistan, and Burkina Faso. I organise an MSc module in Study Design, and am moderator for the MSc module Practical Epidemiology, both in the LSHTM Epidemiology distance learning programme. I am co-Deputy Director for the LSHTM Centre for Evaluation, a member of the UK government Evaluation and Trial Advice Panel, and I sit on the steering committee for the John Snow Society.  I have a PhD from the University of Warwick in the immuno-epidemiology of visceral leishmaniasis and an MSc in Medical Parasitology from the LSHTM.


Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Distance Education and Professional Development Office


Centre for Evaluation
Malaria Centre
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I am the module organiser for the MSc module Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal, winner of the 2018 LSHTM Innovation Award. I am the moderator for the MSc module Practical Epidemiology.

I also lecture on the following MSc modules at the LSHTM:

  • Basic Epidemiology (Faculty EPH)
  • Evaluation of Public Health Programmes (Faculty PHP)

I have been supervisor or advisory board member for several student projects on child health and/or infectious diesease (both MSc and PhD) on topics including serological responses to malaria infection, impact of novel interventions on child development outcomes, HIV treatment failure in children in Africa, effects of antimalarial treatment in children already on malaria drug prophylaxis, and risk factors for incorrect treatment for diarrhoea. I'm always interested in collaborating with students on their projects so if you have an idea for a study do get in touch with me.


Recent Study Evaluations

VAC091 TRIAL: I am a co-Investigator for a Phase IIb randomised controlled trial of the safety, immunogenicity and efficacy of the blood-stage malaria vaccine candidates RH5.1 led by the University of Oxford and the Unité de Recherche Clinique de Nanoro in Burkina Faso.

INDIE STUDY: A Gates Foundation-funded study that will investigate the impact of key malaria control interventions on malaria incidence. prevalence and transission across sites in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa ( and

INSCALE PROJECT: In a collaboration with the Malaria Consortium ( and the Institute of Global Health at UCL, the Inscale project built on the WHO/UNICEF-endorsed strategy for Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood diseases (iCCM). The study was a Gates Foundation-funded project trialling two novel and innovative community and mHealth-based programmes to improve the appropriate treatment of children with malaria, diarrhoea or pneumonia in Uganda and Mozambique.

NEWHINTS STUDY: The WHO/DFID/SNL-funded ‘Newhints’ randomised controlled trial assessing the impact of routine home visits by community health volunteers during pregnancy and after delivery on neonatal mortality in rural Ghana. We also investigated the effect of the health volunteer scheme on the level and type of infant care (immediately post birth and in the first year of life) provided by mothers.

AMANHI VPM PROJECT: A WHO-coordinated, Gates Foundation-funded multi-country project (AMANHI) to evaluate the distribution of causes of death of babies and women of reproductive age. We used verbal post mortem data (VPM) collected during large-scale conducted as part of newborn health studies in low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia. By harmonising data from multiple sites, the Amanhi VPM study will produce one of the largest datasets of newborn and maternal health indicators to help us better understand the epidemiology of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. 

SPRING PROJECT: A large World Bank and Welcome Trust-funded child development programme was implemented in India and Pakistan. The programe aims to improve cognitive and growth outcomes in infants (at 18 months of age) using a community-based agents to support mothers and families in improved nutrition and increased interaction with children in the first 2 years of life.

Other activities

I also really enjoy being involved other activities at the LSHTM or pertinent to the wider scientific community. I was Managing Editor of the journal Emerging Themes in Epidemiology (ETE) for 5 years, and am alumni of the Royal Society MP-Pairing Scheme. As part of the contribution of the LSHTM, I developed and directed a successful exhibition on "Ancient Cures" for the 2013 Bloomsbury Festival, and co-developed and produced the short film "What makes a Woman in Science?" shown as part of the LSHTM's Women in Science exhibition (2015). I am committed to promoting the work of scientists to the public and particularly to encouraging young students to become more involved if they show interest: I worked with schools in West London as a STEM Ambassador, and co-organised the LSHTM's award winning Young Scientists programme for 5 years. I am currently coordinating a commission of articles for the ETE journal on operationalising complex evaluations of public health interventions in low income settings, to be published in the summer/autumn of 2023.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Infectious disease policy
Public health
Health workers
Disease control
Global Health
Mobile technologies
Randomised controlled trials
Vector control
Vector biology
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Maternal time investment in caregiving activities to promote early childhood development: evidence from rural India.
Batura N; Roy R; Aziz S; Sharma K; Kumar D; Verma D; Correa Ossa A; Spinola P; Soremekun S; Sikander S
Frontiers in pediatrics
Assessing the impact of the \"malaria supporters project\" intervention to malaria control in the Brazilian Amazon: an interrupted time-series analysis.
Garcia KKS; Soremekun S; Bottomley C; Abrahão AA; de Miranda CB; Drakeley C; Ramalho WM; Siqueira AM
Malaria Journal
Can home visits for early child development be implemented with sufficient coverage and quality at scale? Evidence from the SPRING program in India and Pakistan.
Hill Z; Zafar S; Soremekun S; Sikander S; Avan BI; Roy R; Aziz S; Kumar D; Parveen N; Saleem S
Frontiers in nutrition
Improving community health worker treatment for malaria, diarrhoea, and pneumonia in Uganda through inSCALE community and mHealth innovations: A cluster randomised controlled trial.
Källander K; Soremekun S; Strachan DL; Hill Z; Kasteng F; Kertho E; Nanyonjo A; Ten Asbroek G; Nakirunda M; Lumumba P
PLOS digital health
Effect of the SPRING home visits intervention on early child development and growth in rural India and Pakistan: parallel cluster randomised controlled trials.
Kirkwood BR; Sikander S; Roy R; Soremekun S; Bhopal SS; Avan B; Lingam R; Gram L; Amenga-Etego S; Khan B
Frontiers in nutrition
The Effect of Previous Exposure to Malaria Infection and Clinical Malaria Episodes on the Immune Response to the Two-Dose Ad26.ZEBOV, MVA-BN-Filo Ebola Vaccine Regimen.
Manno D; Patterson C; Drammeh A; Tetteh K; Kroma MT; Otieno GT; Lawal BJ; Soremekun S; Ayieko P; Gaddah A
Household-level effects of seasonal malaria chemoprevention in the Gambia
Soremekun S; Conteh B; Nyassi A; Soumare H; Etoketim B; Ndiath M; Bradley J; D'Alessandro U; Bousema T; Erhart A
Research Square Platform LLC
Improving outcomes for children with malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia in Mozambique: A cluster randomised controlled trial of the inSCALE technology innovation.
Soremekun S; Källander K; Lingam R; Branco A-CC; Batura N; Strachan DL; Muiambo A; Salomao N; Condoane J; Benhane F
PLOS digital health
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