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Dr Delanjathan Devakumar
3rd Floor
Institute of Child Health, UCL
Tel: 02079052839
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health / Honorary Consultant in Public Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Delan is an Associate Professor in Child and Adolescent health and an honorary consultant in the Global Health division of Public Health England. He qualified from the University of Manchester and then worked in clinical paediatrics in the UK and New Zealand. After completing a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, he worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres as a paediatrician in Pakistan (Kashmir earthquake), South Sudan (cholera outbreak) and Myanmar (post-cyclone Nargis). He was appointed as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and then NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Public Health in UCL. He completed a masters in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD from UCL, funded by the Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship. 

Delan is an expert member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Health Promotion committee and Global Health committee and the Faculty of Public Health Global Violence Prevention group. He is a commissioner and steering group member of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Delan's interests are in child and adolescent health, in particular humanitarian crises and conflict, migration, mental health, nutrition, and violence. He is committed to public engagement and advocacy to improve health. 

His PhD research investigated the long-term effects of antenatal micronutrient supplementation in Nepal, focusing on growth and lung function. As part of this, he measured household air pollution and subsequently conducted a public engagement project using art. He has recently completed a public engagement project using film to discuss child marriage in Nepal. Delan currently has projects investigating the long-term health consequences of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Sri Lanka; the effects on mental health of community violence in adolescents in Brazil; the mental health and wellbeing of adolescent refugees in Lebanon; adolescent mental health in Nepal; and the development of packages of care to improve the mental health of survivors of violence against women and children in Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka. 

Teaching Summary

Delan is the lead for the Global Maternal and Child Health module for BSc students. He also teaches on Global Health masters and undergraduate medical school courses. Delan is the lead editor of the Oxford Textbook of the Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children and Adolescents.

Academic Background
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Child Health University College London
2010 MFPH Member of Faculty of Public Health – Public Health Faculty of Public Health
2009 MSc Master of Science – Public Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2006 DTM&H Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – Paediatrics and Child Health Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
2005 MRCPCH Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – Paediatrics and Child Health Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
2002 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine University of Manchester
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