Astrid Hasund Thorseth
in Environmental Health
I'm a Research Assistant in the Department of Disease Control. I work in the Environmental Health Group on projects involving behaviour change theory, WASH, nutrition and cholera.
After completing a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, I worked in the Manson Unit at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders on innovative approaches to data collection in emergency settings and GIS. I hold an MSc in Medical Entomology for Disease Control from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and for my MSc Thesis I evaluated infestation and insecticide resistance levels in tropical bed bugs in North-West Tanzania. I've lived in Tanzania and managed an indoor residual spraying CRT testing novel insecticides for malaria control for LSHTM in collaboration with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, National Institute of Medical Research and the Intergrated Vector Control Consortium.
At LSHTM my focus has been on designing and evaluating water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition behaviour change programs in Africa and Asia. My current work includes:
- Tool development, user testing, operational research and M&E for the Wash'Em project, a handwashing behaviour change program for humanitarian crises.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the national sanitation campaign in Tanzania (CLEAR)
- Formative research on nutritional behaviour change trial in Indonesia (Baduta)
- Designing protocols for WASH and Psychosocial behaviour for a multi-country cohort study on stunting (UKRI GCRF)
- Cholera research in Zambia
- QC for a systematic review on handwashing determinants