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Sian White

Research Fellow
Hygiene and behaviour change

Room
407

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
7947

Prior to working for LSHTM I spent five years doing community development work in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. Following that I worked for four years in Papua New Guinea (PNG) firstly as a TB communication specialist and then as the National TB Program Manager for World Vision who were scaling up TB care throughout the country as part of a Global Fund Grant. I hold an undergraduate degree in media, society and culture and a masters in public health in developing countries. 


Affiliations

Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Centres

Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Teaching

I currently co-ordinate the Designing Disease Control Programs Module. I teach on Applied Public Health in Developing Countries, Global Disability and Health, Tropical and Environmental Health and the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. I also supervise summer project students.  

Research

At LSHTM my focus has been on designing and evaluating water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition behaviour change programs in Africa and Asia. Some of my recent work has included:

  • A nutritional behaviour change trial in Indonesia
  • A hand washing behaviour change trial in Nigeria
  • A trial to improve WASH access for people with disability in Malawi
  • Understanding sub-optimal hygiene practices related to trachoma in Ethiopia 
  • Understanding water use and purchasing preferences in Nigeria
  • Developing a behaviour change practitioners guide for WaterAid
  • An ethnographic study of hygiene and manners in Nepal 

My current work, which forms part of my PhD, relates to improving hygiene behaviour change programming in humanitarian emergencies and will focus on case studies in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the Democratic republic of Congo. 

Research Area
Complex interventions
Hygiene
Sanitation
Behaviour change
Evaluation
Ethnography
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Qualitative methods
Discipline
Anthropology
Nutrition
Operational research
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Malnutrition
Trachoma
Tuberculosis
Disability
Country
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Ethiopia
Indonesia
Iraq
Malawi
Nigeria
Nepal
Papua New Guinea
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

A Cluster-Randomized Trial to Evaluate the Impact of an Inclusive, Community-Led Total Sanitation Intervention on Sanitation Access for People with Disabilities in Malawi
Biran, A.; Danquah, L.; Chunga, J.; Schmidt, W.; Holm, R.; Itimu-Phiri, A.; Singini, W.; Jones, H.; Kuper, H.; White, S.
2018
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
'Unfit for human consumption': a study of the contamination of formula milk fed to young children in East Java, Indonesia.
Gibson, S. ; Sahanggamu, D. ; Fatmaningrum, D. ; Curtis, V. ; White, S. ;
2017
Trop Med Int Health
Can gossip change nutrition behaviour? Results of a mass media and community-based intervention trial in East Java, Indonesia.
White, S.; Schmidt, W.; Sahanggamu, D.; Fatmaningrum, D.; van Liere, M.; Curtis, V.;
2016
Trop Med Int Health
A Qualitative Study of Barriers to Accessing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Disabled People in Malawi.
White, S. ; Kuper, H. ; Itimu-Phiri, A. ; Holm, R. ; Biran, A. ;
2016
PLoS One
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