The UCL Centre for Global Health Economics

Daniel Strachan

Daniel is a Senior Research Associate, Teaching Fellow and completing PhD student at the Institute for Global Health. A social scientist by training, in recent years his work has focused on community health workers and their performance motivation in Uganda – the subject of his PhD. Recently Daniel’s research focus has returned to early child development through a British Academy Grant in Uganda in collaboration with colleagues at IGH’s Centre for Global Health Economics. This is a long standing area of research interest with Daniel having formerly worked in early child development policy and service development and evaluation primarily in hard to reach Australian communities. He was also involved in the development of an online parenting resource in Australia, the Raising Children Network ( Now based in London, Daniel has worked in the UK, across East Africa and in Australia with a focus on communities and health systems that support improving health and developmental outcomes.



Early Child Development and Nutrition: Luuka District, Eastern Uganda

Innovations at Scale for Community Access and Lasting Effects (inSCALE Project): Western Region, Uganda

Selected publications

GRAM, L., SKORDIS-WORRALL, J., MANANDHAR, D. S., STRACHAN, D., MORRISON, J., SAVILLE, N., OSRIN, D., TUMBAHANGPHE, K. M., COSTELLO, A. & HEYS, M. 2018. The long-term impact of community mobilisation through participatory women's groups on women's agency in the household: A follow-up study to the Makwanpur trial. PloS one, 13, e0197426.

STRACHAN, D. L., KÄLLANDER, K., NAKIRUNDA, M., NDIMA, S., MUIAMBO, A. & HILL, Z. 2015. Using theory and formative research to design interventions to improve community health worker motivation, retention and performance in Mozambique and Uganda. Human Resources for Health, 13, 25.

THONDOO, M., STRACHAN, D. L., NAKIRUNDA, M., NDIMA, S., MUIAMBO, A., KÄLLANDER, K., HILL, Z. & GROUP, I. S. 2015. Potential Roles of Mhealth for Community Health Workers: Formative Research With End Users in Uganda and Mozambique. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 3, e76.

KÄLLANDER, K., STRACHAN, D., SOREMEKUN, S., HILL, Z., LINGAM, R., TIBENDERANA, J., KASTENG, F., VASSALL, A., MEEK, S. & KIRKWOOD, B. 2015. Evaluating the effect of innovative motivation and supervision approaches on community health worker performance and retention in Uganda and Mozambique: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 16, 157.

HILL, Z., DUMBAUGH, M., BENTON, L., KÄLLANDER, K., STRACHAN, D., TEN ASBROEK, A., TIBENDERANA, J., KIRKWOOD, B. & MEEK, S. 2014. Supervising community health workers in low-income countries–a review of impact and implementation issues. Global Health Action, 7.

KÄLLANDER, K., TIBENDERANA, J. K., AKPOGHENETA, O. J., STRACHAN, D. L., HILL, Z., TEN ASBROEK, A. H., CONTEH, L., KIRKWOOD, B. R. & MEEK, S. R. 2013. Mobile Health (mHealth) Approaches and Lessons for Increased Performance and Retention of Community Health Workers in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: A Review. Journal of medical Internet research, 15, e17.

STRACHAN, D. L., KÄLLANDER, K., ASBROEK, A. H., KIRKWOOD, B., MEEK, S. R. & BENTON, L. 2012. Interventions to improve motivation and retention of community health workers delivering integrated community case management. (iCCM): stakeholder perceptions and priorities. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 87.