Dr Sonia Lewycka

Dr Sonia Lewycka, MA (Cantab) MPhil PhD

Senior Epidemiologist, OUCRU, Hanoi
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Auckland
Distance Learning Tutor and Examiner, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Sonia is an epidemiologist working at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Hanoi. She is interested in the use of population datasets and studies to evaluate the coverage, equity and impact of public health interventions and programmes. She is currently working on developing population-level interventions to tackle inappropriate antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance in Vietnam and Nepal, as well as leading research using population datasets to analyse global distributions and determinants of antibiotic use.
Previously her work focused on the maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health continuum. Between 2001 and 2014 she worked in Malawi with the UCL Institute for Global Health and led research on population vital events surveillance, cluster randomised controlled trials of community-based interventions to improve maternal and child survival, and the design of a population evaluation of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccine effectiveness on morbidity and mortality. With the University of Auckland and AUT in New Zealand she worked on population-based research in child, youth and family health, and continues to collaborate on Māori youth health and migrant health research. She has been an advisor to UNICEF/GAVI on developing monitoring frameworks for vaccination coverage and equity, and on identifying health systems bottlenecks for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Sonia has published more than 30 articles in international journals.

5 key recent research articles:

Clark T, Fleming T, Bullen P, Crengle S, Denny S, Dyson B, Peiris-John R, Robinson E, Rossen F, Sheridan J, Teevale T, Utter J, Lewycka S. Health and well-being of secondary school students in New Zealand: Trends between 2001, 2007 and 2012. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 2013 Nov; 49 (11): 925-34.

Prost A, Colbourn T, Seward N, Azad K, Coomarasamy A, Copas A, Houweling TA, Fottrell E, Kuddus A, Lewycka S, MacArthur C, Manandhar DS, Morrison J, Mwansambo C, Nair N, Nambiar B, Osrin D, Pagel C, Phiri T, Pulkki-Brannstrom AM, Rosato M, Skordis-Worrall J, Saville N, More NS, Shrestha B, Tripathy P, Wilson A, Costello A. Women’s groups practising participatory learning and action to improve maternal and newborn health in resource-limited settings: systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet 2013 May 18; 381 (9879): 1736-46.

Lewycka S, Mwansambo C, Rosato M, Kazembe P, Phiri T, Mganga A, Chapota H, Malamba F, Kainja E, Newell ML, Greco G, Pulkki-Brännström AM, Skordis-Worrall J, Vergnano S, Osrin D, Costello A. Effect of women’s groups and volunteer peer counsellors on mortality, morbidity and health behaviours among mothers and children in rural Malawi: MaiMwana cluster randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2013 May 18; 381 (9879): 1721-35.

Lewycka S, Mwansambo C, Kazembe P, Phiri T, Mganga A, Rosato M, Chapota H, Malamba F, Vergnano S, Newell ML, Osrin D, Costello A. A cluster randomised controlled trial of the community effectiveness of two interventions in rural Malawi to improve health care and to reduce maternal, newborn and infant mortality. Trials. 2010 Sep 17;11:88.

Pagel C, Lewycka S, Colbourn T, Mwansambo C, Meguid T, Chiudzu G, Utley M, Costello AM. Estimation of potential effects of improved community-based drug provision, to augment health-facility strengthening, on maternal mortality due to post-partum haemorrhage and sepsis in sub-Saharan Africa: an equity-effectiveness model. Lancet 2009 Oct 24;374(9699):1441-8.