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The IDEAS team is led by Professor Tanya Marchant and Professor Joanna Schellenberg, and based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and University College London and in Addis Ababa, Delhi, Lagos and Abuja.

A strategic management group guides the IDEAS team on strategic issues. Three IDEAS staff are based overseas, one with each of our measurement, learning and evaluation partners.

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Professor Tanya Marchant

IDEAS Principal Investigator and Professor

Tanya is the Principal Investigator for the IDEAS project. She carries out implementation science to improve the effectiveness of programmes for maternal, newborn and child health, drawing on her training in demography and epidemiology. She lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa for 15 years and is now based at the...

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Professor Joanna Schellenberg

IDEAS Co-Principal Investigator and Professor

Joanna is the Co-Principal Investigator of the IDEAS project. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of public health interventions for newborn, infant, child, and maternal survival in low and middle income countries, including evaluation of equity as well as effectiveness.

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Dr Bilal Avan

Associate Professor

Bilal is the IDEAS Data Informed Platform for Health and Community Based Newborn Care Evaluation Lead.

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Dr Della Berhanu

Former IDEAS Ethiopia Country Coordinator and Research Fellow

As the IDEAS Ethiopian Country Coordinator, Della has been working closely with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and its partners. Dr Bilal Avan and Della lead the evaluation of the Ethiopian Government’s Community Based Newborn Care programme, which includes antibiotic treatment of newborns with suspected bacterial...

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Mehret Dubale

Research Fellow

Mehret has been trained in public health for development and is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Within the IDEAS project, Mehret’s work focuses on the Data Informed Platform for Health (DIPH) project, which aims to promote the use of local data for decision-making, priority-setting and planning; and to provide the...

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Professor Zelee Hill


Zelee’s research spans several areas of maternal, child and neonatal health including care seeking, micronutrient supplementation, adherence to anti-retroviral therapy, improving the performance of community health workers, and community newborn care. At its core her research has focused on interventions that can...

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Noreen Seyerl

IDEAS Communications Officer

Noreen is a development professional with experience working in global health communication. She takes care of communicating research results and findings to our audiences and keeping you updated with the latest news from IDEAS.

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Dr Nasir Umar

IDEAS Nigeria Country Coordinator and Assistant Professor

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Seblewengel Lemma Abreham

Research Fellow

Seble is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she works on collaborative implementation research projects using mixed methods and with an aim to embed capacity development components within her research. She conducts this research and provides mentoring and teaching in collaboration with the Ethiopian Public Health...