Dr Susannah Woodd


Research Fellow


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

020 79272850

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.  


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I teach on in-house courses in statistics, epidemiology and public health - Statistics for Epidemiology  and Population Health (STEPH), Statistical Methods for Epidemiology (SME, co-organiser), Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries (APHPDC)


I am currently working on projects funded by the Soapbox Collaborative, a Scottish Charity aimed at understanding and improving clean birth practices to reduce maternal and newborn infections. My work has involved a feasibility study of clean birth kits in The Gambia, needs assessments of maternity units in The Gambia and Zanzibar, DHS analysis of obstetric risk and facility delivery and currently some formative research into behavioural determinants of hand hygiene among midwives in Zanzibar. 

I am interested in ways to estimate, monitor and reduce the burden and consequences of maternal sepsis.

Previously I worked on the NUSTART trial - an RCT of micronutrient and electrolyte supplements for malnourished HIV positive patients in Zambia and Tanzania.

Research Area
Clinical care
Maternal health
Primary care
Health workers
Behaviour change
Neonatal health
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Gambia, The
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Diversity and divergence: the dynamic burden of poor maternal health.
Graham, W. ; Woodd, S. ; Byass, P. ; Filippi, V. ; Gon, G. ; Virgo, S. ; Chou, D. ; Hounton, S. ; Lozano, R. ; Pattinson, R. ; Singh, S. ;
Drivers of maternity care in high-income countries: can health systems support woman-centred care?
Shaw, D. ; Guise, J.M. ; Shah, N. ; Gemzell-Danielsson, K. ; Joseph, K.S. ; Levy, B. ; Wong, F. ; Woodd, S. ; Main, E.K. ;
What are the threats from antimicrobial resistance for maternity units in low- and middle- income countries?
Graham, W.J. ; Morrison, E. ; Dancer, S. ; Afsana, K. ; Aulakh, A. ; Campbell, O.M. ; Cross, S. ; Ellis, R. ; Enkubahiri, S. ; Fekad, B. ; Gon, G. ; Idoko, P. ; Moore, J. ; Saxena, D. ; Velleman, Y. ; Woodd, S. ;
Glob Health Action
Effects on anthropometry and appetite of vitamins and minerals given in lipid nutritional supplements for malnourished HIV-infected adults referred for antiretroviral therapy: results from the NUSTART randomised controlled trial.
Rehman, A.M.; Woodd, S.; PrayGod, G.; Chisenga, M.; Siame, J.; Koethe, J.R.; Heimburger, D.C.; Kelly, P.; Friis, H.; Filteau, S.;
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr
Effects on mortality of a nutritional intervention for malnourished HIV-infected adults referred for antiretroviral therapy: a randomised controlled trial.
NUSTART (Nutritional Support for Africans Starting Antiretroviral Therapy) Study Team, . ; Filteau, S. ; PrayGod, G. ; Kasonka, L. ; Woodd, S. ; Rehman, A.M. ; Chisenga, M. ; Siame, J. ; Koethe, J.R. ; Changalucha, J. ; Michael, D. ; Kidola, J. ; Manno, D. ; Larke, N. ; Yilma, D. ; Heimburger, D.C. ; Friis, H. ; Kelly, P. ;
Filteau, S. ; Andersen, A.B. ; Changalucha, J. ; Friis, H. ; Heimburger, D.C. ; Kasonka, L. ; Kelly, P. ; Koethe, J.R. ; Manno, D. ; Larke, N. ; Rehman, A.M. ; Woodd, S. ; Yilma, D. ; Thurnham, D. ; Tomkins, A. ; PrayGod, G. ; Chisenga, M. ; Siame, J. ; Kidola, J. ; Michael, D. ; Mussa, K. ; Masilingi, C. ; Fue, E. ; Masesa, E. ; Mpandachalo, N. ; Kanunga, A. ; Munalula, L. ; Kapinda, B. ; Sikanyika, N. ; Mngara, J. ; Ogweno, G. ; Ikigo, P. ; Muchimba, M. ; Samwinga, M. ; Beacroft, L. ; Black, H. ; Smith, C.G. ; Chisenga, C. ; Hebie, M. ; Munkombwe, D. ; Sampson, G. ; Fernandez, Y. ; Wandore, G. ; Jonas, A. ; Mabuda, H.B. ; Adugna, W. ; Makandilo, S. ; Mubita, M. ; Mulenga, J. ;
Home-based versus clinic-based care for patients starting antiretroviral therapy with low CD4+ cell counts: findings from a cluster-randomized trial.
Woodd, S.L. ; Grosskurth, H. ; Levin, J. ; Amuron, B. ; Namara, G. ; Birunghi, J. ; Coutinho, A. ; Jaffar, S. ;
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