Dr Rachel Tolhurst, BA, MA, PhD

Rachel Tolhurst, BA, MA, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science and International Health and a member of the Gender and Health group. LSTM

Rachel is a social scientist with a background in gender, and development and more than 15 years’ experience in international health in Africa and Asia. Her research interests and experience centre on qualitative, mixed-methods and implementation research on gender and equity issues in relation to health systems development, including  maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence, health financing, and communicable disease (particularly malaria, tuberculosis and HIV).

She leads LSTM’s contributions to two EC consortia: MATIND, which is evaluating two demand-side financing approaches to improving maternal health in India, and INPAC, which aims to test an intervention to improve post-abortion family planning in China.

She is also currently working with others on developing interventions to delay early marriage of girls in Sudan (funded by the MRC), and on Close to Community Providers (through the REACHOUT project).