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Co-Director, MARCH Centre London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine



Joy is an African-born, British-trained paediatrician and perinatal epidemiologist with 30 years’ experience especially in sub-Saharan Africa including trials and complex evaluation of newborn and child care services, plus epidemiological burden estimates for WHO and UNICEF. Her paediatric/neonatal training was in the UK, followed by clinical care, implementation, research and teaching, mainly living in Africa. Her MPH was from Emory, Atlanta, USA, whilst at CDC, and her PhD at Institute of Child Health, London. For 10 years, she was based in Africa as the Director of Evidence and Policy for Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children, then joining London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She has published >320 peer-reviewed papers with a H-index of >100, including leading several Lancet series with wide media and policy uptake. She is on WHO’s STAGE committee, and Global Statistics committee. She is a champion for equitable and diverse research leadership. Joy is one of the few women nominated to membership of both UK Academy of Medical Sciences and USA National Academy of Medicine.