Hygiene and behaviour change
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.
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.
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.