Dr Susannah Woodd
MBChB MRCGP MSc
My background is in medicine and I combine my role at the school with a part-time job as a general practitioner in South London. I started working at the school in September 2012 after completing the MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries. Prior to that I was head of the clinical department in a rural hospital in Malawi for nearly 5 years.
I teach on in-house courses in statistics and epidemiology and public health - currently Extended Epidemiology and Statistical Methods for Epidemiology. I tutor students studying the MSc in Public Health for Development
For the last few years I have worked in the area of infection prevention and control (IPC) and WASH in health facilities, specifically to understand and improve clean birth practices to reduce maternal and newborn infections. Most recently I have been part of an evaluation of a training in hospital cleaning and conducted a postpartum telephone surveillance of maternal and newborn infection in Dar es Salaam. I have just published a systematic review of the burden of maternal peripartum infection. I am currently assessing IPC needs in hospitals for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Previously I was involved in IPC needs assessments of maternity units in The Gambia, Zanzibar, Malawi and Myanmar, DHS analysis of obstetric risk and facility delivery and formative research into behavioural determinants of hand hygiene among midwives in Zanzibar.
I also worked on the NUSTART trial - an RCT of micronutrient and electrolyte supplements for malnourished HIV positive patients in Zambia and Tanzania.