Imperial College London

Dr Sabine L. van Elsland

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

External Relationships & Communications Manager



+44 (0)20 7594 3896s.van-elsland




G35Medical SchoolSt Mary's Campus






Sabine serves as the liaison between the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis and the World Health Organization. She is responsible for developing and co-ordinating projects to support WHO activities and departments. In addition, Sabine manages the MRC Centres communications, media relations and infodemic management, and supports capacity building, engagement activities and outreach activities. She is a member of the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Teams. 

Sabine is an infectious disease epidemiologist with a background in public health and health systems research. She is passionate about contributing to sustainable knowledge translation. Her own research focused on the evaluation of treatment programmes for paediatric HIV and Tuberculous meningitis. After ten years in South Africa, she relocated to the UK in 2018 to join Imperial College London. 

Short CV

Doctorate (PhD) in medicine from VU University in Amsterdam at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.

MSc Biomedical Sciences with a specialisation in public health research (epidemiology) and infectious diseases from VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (including research internships at Wockhardt-Harvard HIV/AIDS Research Foundation in Mumbai, India; and Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa).

BSc in General Health Sciences from VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (including research internship at Padjadjaran University Medical School in Bandung Indonesia).

South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) accredited public health research.

Selected publications

PT Walker, C Whittaker, OJ Watson et al. (2020) The impact of COVID-19 and strategies for mitigation and suppression in low- and middle-income countries. Science; 12-06-2020, doi:  

S. Flaxman, S Mishra, A Gandi et al. (2020) Estimating the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in Europe. Nature; 08-06-2020, published online. doi:

R Verity, LC Okell, I Dorigatti et al. (2020) Estimates of the severity of coronavirus disease 2019: a model-based analysis. Lancet Infectious Diseases; 30-03-2020, doi:

NM Ferguson, D Laydon, G Nedjati-Gilani et al. Report 9: Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID-19 mortality and healthcare demand. Imperial College London; 16-03-2020, doi:

S.L. van Elsland (2019) Home-based treatment of children with HIV infection or tuberculous meningitis in South Africa, doctoral thesis; 10-01-2019, doi:

A. Hasnida, R.A.J. Borst, A.M. Johnson, N.R. Rahmani, S.L. van Elsland, M.O. Kok (2017), Making health systems research work: time to shift funding to locally-led research in the South. The Lancet Global Health, 5(1); pg e22-e24, doi:



Kruger M, van Elsland SL, Afungchwi GM, et al., 2022, Outcome of retinoblastoma treatment protocol in Cameroon as per SIOP-PODC recommendation for a low-income setting, Pediatric Blood & Cancer, Vol:69, ISSN:1545-5009

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