Education & leadership

The MARCH Centre is committed to developing research leadership & diversity through opening access to education & creating career opportunities.

MARCH is committed to ensuring that where possible, educational resources available to LSHTM staff and students are made accessible to wider communities, with the intention of increasing opportunities for emerging health leaders.

Free online courses

Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents (no longer running) - More than 26,000 people in 130 countries enrolled on this course and it was also translated to French.

The Lancet Maternal Health Series: Global Research & Evidence - MARCH members Professors Oona Campbell and Wendy Graham helped create this course based on the Lancet Series.

Short courses

MARCH is affiliated with two short courses at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Adolescent Health in Low and Middle Income Countries & Researching Gender-Based Violence: Methods and Meaning.


Career development

One of MARCH’s strategic aims is to aid in developing research leadership in the Women, Children and Adolescent health research fields, particularly by increasing diversity and supporting the next generation of female leaders. 

Summer project match-making

MARCH facilities a highly sought-after ‘match-making’ service for students to find summer research projects, a component of the Masters programmes at LSHTM, helping students source ideas and available projects in the Women, Children and Adolescent health fields, and providing advice on how to find the right project.


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Student liaisons

MARCH appoints six student liaisons (two for each of the themes), which provide students the opportunity to work directly with senior staff and gain skills useful for future roles, from collating a termly member newsletter to helping facilitate events. MARCH members also benefit from increased engagement with students through the liaisons to aid their teaching practices and increase student engagement.



MARCH Centre Student Liaisons 2018/2019

Reena Gupta, Theme A Student Liaison

Reena is originally from Belmont, North Carolina. After completing her BA in Public Policy, she worked on HIV advocacy and sexual and reproductive health in Zambia with Global Health Corps. Recently she worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on health promotion and evaluation of non-communicable diseases. She's currently enrolled in the MSc Public Health for Development at LSHTM. Her interests include global health, sexual and reproductive health, and adolescent health.


Swati Mishra, Theme A Student Liaison

Born and brought up in India, Swati completed her post graduate course in Social Work, specialising in Public Health, from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India. She has worked in the domain of tuberculosis care and control, maternal health, and training of front line health workers on breast feeding. Most recently, she worked as a Social Empowerment Fellow catering to the health and nutritional needs of more than a hundred thousand adolescents studying in state owned residential schools spread across all 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh, India. She is a Chevening Scholar funded by the UK Government's Foreign Office to pursue her MSc in Public Health at LSHTM. Her areas of interest include the mental & physical health of adolescents, communicable diseases and the intersection of gender, social determinants, caste & its impact on access to health care.

Dr Dawal Kwande Solomon, Theme B Student Liaison

Dawal Kwande Solomon is from Jos, North-Central Nigeria. He trained as a Family Physician and is currently undertaking an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Finance at LSHTM as a Chevening Scholar. He has passion in the delivery of quality, evidence-based, comprehensive and patient-centered medical care to under-served populations, especially in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining LSHTM, he was involved in training Community Health Workers in the administration of quality, voluntary and rights based family Planning/Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive in North-central Nigeria through the SHOPS Plus project. In the coming years, he sees himself playing a key role in policy advocacy, formulation and analysis in the field of health care. He believes this will be critical for improving health globally, especially for women, children and adolescents.

Lydia Di Stefano, Theme B Student Liaison

Lydia Di Stefano is currently undertaking an MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research at LSHTM. Before moving to London, she completed four of five years of her Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She then undertook a BMedSc(Hons) at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. Her research focused on ethical decisions about medical treatment during pregnancy and birth at the borderline of viability. As well as reproductive and neonatal ethics, Lydia is interested in women's and children's health more broadly. She hopes to one day work as a doctor in this field.

Andrew Young, Theme C Student Liaison

Andy is a UK trained paediatrician currently enrolled in the Public Health MSc. He has experience working in health care systems in the UK, Sierra Leone and Malawi where he has focused on projects building the capacity of health care workers through teaching, training and clinical supervision. He is passionate about reducing global inequities in human resources for health, and improving the quality of facility based care for children and neonates.


Gloria Nyamungu Acidri, Theme C Student Liaison

Gloria Nyamungu is from Uganda, and is currently pursuing an MSc in Nutrition for Global Health at LSHTM. She previously did a BSc in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics at Kenyatta University in Kenya, where her research project focused on complementary feeding practices in infants aged 6-59 months. Following this she volunteered with UNICEF Somalia and Lodwar County Referral Hospital in Turkana, Kenya. Her main areas of interest are nutrition programming, infant and young child nutrition and integrated management of acute malnutrition as determinants of child health.