Dr Belen Torondel


Assistant Professor


Keppel Street
United Kingdom



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.



Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases



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.


Research Area
Systematic reviews
Adolescent health
Disease control
Environmental Health
Randomised controlled trials
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Design and rationale of a matched cohort study to assess the effectiveness of a combined household-level piped water and sanitation intervention in rural Odisha, India.
Reese, H. ; Routray, P. ; Torondel, B. ; Sclar, G. ; Delea, M.G. ; Sinharoy, S.S. ; Zambrano, L. ; Caruso, B. ; Mishra, S.R. ; Chang, H.H. ; Clasen, T. ;
BMJ Open
Assessment of the influence of intrinsic environmental and geographical factors on the bacterial ecology of pit latrines.
Torondel, B.; Ensink, J.H.; Gundogdu, O.; Ijaz, U.Z.; Parkhill, J.; Abdelahi, F.; Nguyen, V.A.; Sudgen, S.; Gibson, W.; Walker, A.W.; Quince, C.;
Microb Biotechnol
Menstrual hygiene management among adolescent schoolgirls in low- and middle-income countries: research priorities.
Phillips-Howard, P.A. ; Caruso, B. ; Torondel, B. ; Zulaika, G. ; Sahin, M. ; Sommer, M. ;
Glob Health Action
Laboratory development and field testing of sentinel toys to assess environmental faecal exposure of young children in rural India.
Torondel, B. ; Gyekye-Aboagye, Y. ; Routray, P. ; Boisson, S. ; Schimdt, W. ; Clasen, T. ;
Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg
Menstrual Hygiene Practices, WASH Access and the Risk of Urogenital Infection in Women from Odisha, India.
Das, P. ; Baker, K.K. ; Dutta, A. ; Swain, T. ; Sahoo, S. ; Das, B.S. ; Panda, B. ; Nayak, A. ; Bara, M. ; Bilung, B. ; Mishra, P.R. ; Panigrahi, P. ; Cairncross, S. ; Torondel, B. ;
PLoS One
Efficacy of Moringa oleifera leaf powder as a hand- washing product: a crossover controlled study among healthy volunteers.
Torondel, B. ; Opare, D. ; Brandberg, B. ; Cobb, E. ; Cairncross, S. ;
BMC Complement Altern Med
Effectiveness of a rural sanitation programme on diarrhoea, soil-transmitted helminth infection, and child malnutrition in Odisha, India: a cluster-randomised trial.
Clasen, T. ; Boisson, S. ; Routray, P. ; Torondel, B. ; Bell, M. ; Cumming, O. ; Ensink, J. ; Freeman, M. ; Jenkins, M. ; Odagiri, M. ; Ray, S. ; Sinha, A. ; Suar, M. ; Schmidt, W.P. ;
Lancet Glob Health
See all Dr Belen Torondel's Publications