Hayley completed a degree in Biomedical Science (hons) infectious diseases at the University of Edinburgh, where she went on to complete a PhD in 2014, which investigated the epidemiological transitions of infectious and non-communicable diseases, and reviewed the history of global health advocacy related to these transitions. Her work focussed on the advocacy for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and Neglected Zoonotic Diseases (NZDs). Hayley subsequently completed an internship in the NTD department at the WHO, where she worked on NZD advocacy and research as part of an international consortium. Expanding on her knowledge and experience in NTDs, she then worked with Mission Rabies, a UK based charity that control rabies in developing countries through mass dog vaccination programmes, where she worked on a school-based rabies education programme in Goa, India.
In 2014 Hayley joined the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNTD) as a Programme Officer, supporting the implementation of in-country lymphatic filariasis (LF) programmes. CNTD is a DFID funded programme and supports NTD activities in 12 countries assisting their progress towards successful elimination of LF as a public health problem. This is done through mass drug administration, morbidity management & disability prevention and best practice research.
Implementation and technical support
CNTD – DFID funding for the elimination of LF as a public health problem
As part of the DFID-funded programme for the elimination of LF as a public health problem, I am responsible for the programme management of Tanzania and Bangladesh, working in collaboration with the national NTD programmes to effectively implement LF Mass Drug Administration (MDA) and Morbidity Management activities in line with WHO guidelines and the Global Programme for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) goal of 2020. As part of this work I have:
- Supported the implementation of MDA and surveillance activities in the urban region of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, including the scale up of LQAS coverage surveys to verify coverage levels to ensure maximum impact of the programme
- Supported scale up of MMDP activities in Dar es Salaam and action planning for the national scale up of MMDP activities to meet with WHO requirements in Tanzania
- Scale up and implementation of MMDP activities in Bangladesh, including M&E of health facilities to ensure readiness and availability of quality care
- Supported the implementation of Transmission Assessment Surveys (TAS) to confirm the interruption of LF transmission across Bangladesh, and worked closely with the Ministry of Health to develop a post-TAS surveillance strategy to ensure that elimination of transmission is sustained
- Worked on the development and scale up of the mHealth reporting tool MeasureSMS for the reporting of LF clinical cases in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nepal and Bangladesh
- Supported capacity strengthening in CNTD supported parasitology laboratories in Ghana and Kenya so they may attain an international standard (ISO15189 (2012) and provide quality support for NTD control, monitoring and evaluation both nationally and regionally
I assisted with the administrative support to six PhD students conducting operational research on LF. I have also supported the supervision of Masters’ students conducting research on the barriers to effective MDA coverage and elimination of LF in Zanzibar, and the feasibility of integrating LF and leprosy morbidity management care through community networks in Nepal. Additionally, I have worked with the CNTD team to support visiting Masters’ students from UK and US institutions in field studies in programme countries.
British Society of Parasitology
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene