Senior Post Doctoral Fellow
Anna Phillips is currently working at the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research (LCNTDR), as the project coordinator for the Geshiaro Project in Ethiopia. This project has an ‘End Game’ for interrupting transmission of soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and schistosomiasis through mass drug administration and complementary Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) interventions. Initially the investment will be in one region of Ethiopia and develop a cost-effective model for scaling up transmission interruption in all of Ethiopia as well as other countries. Anna is also the Principal Investigator investigating diagnostic tools for Schistosomiasis in Brazil with funding from Newton Funding at the Medical Research Council.
Prior to working at LCNTDR, Anna worked for eight years at the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) as a Senior Programme Manager in Francophone Africa (Burkina Faso, Niger, Cote D'Ivoire, Rwanda and Madagascar). Her main responsibility was to assist with the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the USAID funded integrated neglected tropical diseases control programme followed by the DFID funded ICOSA schistosomiasis program. Anna was also awarded two Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation (SCORE) projects in Mozambique and Niger and worked as the Principal Investigator on these two grants from 2010 until 2017. SCORE's goal was to inform efforts to gain control of schistosomiasis in high-prevalence areas.
Anna finished her PhD in January 2009 at Imperial College London, where she focused on the monitoring and evaluation of a large-scale mathematical modelling project of HIV risk behaviour among sexual minorities in Southern India. Prior to that Anna did a an MSc at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, completing her dissertation looking at schistosomiasis and malaria co-infections in under 5's on Ukerewe Island, Tanzania. Anna completed her BSc at Edinburgh University where her main focus was parasitology, with a dissertation on schistosomiasis immunology in Zimbabwean pre-school children.
et al., 2020, Evaluating the impact of biannual school-based and community-wide treatment on urogenital schistosomiasis in Niger, Parasites & Vectors, Vol:13, ISSN:1756-3305
et al., 2019, The Geshiyaro Project: a study protocol for developing a scalable model of interventions for moving towards the interruption of the transmission of soil-transmitted helminths and schistosome infections in the Wolaita zone of Ethiopia, Parasites and Vectors, Vol:12, ISSN:1756-3305
et al., 2019, Discrepancy between batches and impact on the sensitivity of point-of-care circulating cathodic antigen tests for Schistosoma mansoni infection., Acta Trop, Vol:197
et al., 2018, Urogenital schistosomiasis in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique: baseline findings from the SCORE study., Parasites & Vectors, Vol:11, ISSN:1756-3305
et al., 2017, Interpreting ambiguous 'trace' results in Schistosoma mansoni CCA tests: estimating sensitivity and specificity of ambiguous results with no gold standard, Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol:11, ISSN:1935-2727