Dr Belen Torondel
BSc MSc PhD
I have a degree in Pharmacy and completed my PhD in biomedicine in the University of Valencia (Spain). In 2009 I completed a Master in Public Health in Developing Countries in LSHTM. I worked at UCL from 2004 to 2008 as a postdoctoral fellow in different biomedical research projects.
I joined the Environmental Health Group in 2009 following the completion ofmy Master's Degree in Public Health in Developing Countries and since then I have been working in different projects related with water, hygiene and Sanitation.
I am the ID215 Water and Sanitation module director which is part of the distance learning course MSc Infectious Disease. This module focuses on water supply, sanitation and hygiene in low and middle income countries. In addition I provide lectures to Tropical Environmental Health module on menstrual hygiene and evaluation of sanitation programs. I also participate as a tutor in the module Applying Principles of Public Health.
I am a tutor on the MSc Public Health for Development, Public Health, One Health and Medical Microbiology.
My work at LSHTM has involved studies of the health impact of environmental interventions such as water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion. One of my areas of expertise is to explore the association of pathogens and risk of infection associated with different hygiene and sanitation practices. I have extensive experience in implementation and management of research environmental health projects in developing countries (Tanzania, Vietnam, India, Bolivia).
My main research area of interest is menstrual hygiene (MH) in developing context. I have conducted a systematic review which compiles the evidence of the link between MH management and different health and social outcomes. I am leading a hospital case-control study in Odisha (India) assessing the urogenital health impact of menstrual hygiene management practices in Indian women and also a study in Gambia exploring challenges of mantaining a good MHM practices among school adolescent girls. I also collaborate with other groups at LSHTM in topics related with MH.
I also participate in other projects taking place in India which aim to improve latrine uptake and use among rural communities of Odisha.