Dr Sarah White

Senior Statistician

Sarah has over twenty years of experience working in biomedical statistics while residing in Africa, using her knowledge and skills to train others at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and to support research.  Early in 2016 she joined the staff of CMNH to focus on supporting research in maternal and newborn health.  Sarah completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham and gained experience in clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry prior working in Africa.  

Sarah has experience in designing and analysing randomised clinical trials, including trials measuring longitudinal or survival type outcomes, cluster randomised trials, cross-sectional surveys and method comparison studies. Her current work involves supporting the design and analysis of monitoring and evaluation activities undertaken by CMNH.

Current Projects

  • Making it Happen
  • Evaluation of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week in Nigeria (UNICEF)
  • Assessment of the impact of ebola virus on availability and uptake of maternal healthcare services in Sierra Leone 



  • Selected publications 

    Jones SA, Gopalakrishnan S, Ameh CA, White S, van den Broek NR. Women and babies are dying but not of Ebola’: the effect of the Ebola virus epidemic on the availability, uptake and outcomes of maternal and newborn health services in Sierra Leone BMJ Global Health Oct 2016, 1 (3) e000065

    Halim A, Dewez JE, Biswas A, Rahman F, White S, van den Broek N.  When, Where, and Why Are Babies Dying? Neonatal Death Surveillance and Review in Bangladesh.  PLoS One. 2016 Aug 1;11(8):e0159388.

    Gladstone M, White S, Kafulafula G†,  Neilson J, vd Broek NR.   Post-neonatal Mortality, Morbidity and Developmental Outcome after Ultrasound-Dated Preterm Birth in Rural Malawi: A Community Based Cohort Study. PLoS Medicine 2011; 8(11): e1001121, doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001121. 

    van den Broek NR, White SA, Goodall M, Ntonya C, Kayira E, Kafulafula G and Neilson J. The APPLe Study: A Randomised, Community-Based, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Azithromycin for the prevention of preterm birth, with Meta-Analysis. PLoS Med Dec 2009 6(12): e1000191. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000191.

    van den Broek N, White S, Flowers, C, Cook J, Letsky E, Tanumihardjo C, Mhango C, Molyneux M, Neilson J. Randomised trial of Vitamin A supplementation in pregnant women in rural Malawi found to be anaemic on screening by HemoCue.  BJOG 2006: 113:1-8. doi:  10.1111/j.1471-0528.2006.00891.x

    White SA, van den Broek, NR. Methods for Assessing Reliability and Validity for a Measurement Tool: A Case Study and Critique using the WHO Haemoglobin Colour Scale. Statistics in Medicine 2004; 23(10):1603-19. 

    van den Broek NR, White SA, Ntonya C, Ngwale M, Cullinan T, Molyneux ME, Neilson JP. Reproductive Health in rural Malawi: a population-based survey. BJOG 2003; 110(10):902908.

    van den Broek NR, Ntonya C, Mhango E, White SA.  Diagnosing anaemia in pregnancy in rural clinics – assessing the potential of the Haemoglobin Colour Scale.  Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, 1999; 77(1): 15-21. 13.

    van den Broek NR, White SA, Neilson JP.  The relationship between asymptomatic HIV infection and the prevalence and severity of anemia in pregnant Malawian women.  The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 1998; 59(6): 1004-7.