Megan Naidoo is a public health professional in evidence-based research and policy. Currently, she is a predoctoral researcher in Health Impact Assessment at ISGlobal and a PhD candidate in Medicine and Translational Research at the University of Barcelona. Her PhD is on social vulnerability to emerging infectious diseases in South Africa.
She has an undergraduate degree in Biology and International Affairs from Bard College, USA, and a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Epidemiology from Columbia University, USA.
Megan has previously worked at Pfizer, Medecins Sans Frontieres, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Stellenbosh University. She is the author of nine peer-reviewed publications and three government reports.
Her strengths encompass strong research, data, and policy analysis, and her skill set includes geographic information systems, data visualization, and writing for a variety of audiences. Megan is also a skilled speaker, having presented at three international conferences and helped launch South Africa's anti-racism campaign with President Ramaphosa.
Megan is dedicated to interdisciplinary public health and human rights, and hopes to leverage research to guide international policy.
Lines of research
- Emerging infectious diseases
- Pandemic preparedness and response
- Social justice and health equity
- Naidoo M, Lee J, Trelles M, L Wallis, Chu KM. Preventable Avoidable Hospital Admissions After Emergency Care in Humanitarian Settings: A Cross-sectional Review of Medecins Sans Frontieres Emergency Departments. BMJ Open. 2021 Jul; 11(7):e049785. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049785.
- Naidoo M, Naidu P, Shrime MG, Chu KM. Humanitarian Surgical Care Delivery: Lessons for Global Surgical Systems Strengthening. Journal of Public Health and Emergency. 2020 Sept; 4:22. DOI: 10.21037/jphe-20-79.
- Naidoo M, Pohl L, Rickard J, Abahuje E, Kariem N, Englbrecht S, Kloppers C, Malatji S, Sibomana I, Coughlin A, Chu KM. Surgical Trainee Supervision During Non-Trauma Emergency Laparotomies in Rwanda And South Africa. Journal of Surgical Education. 2021. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2021.05.013.
- Husein SR, Naidoo M, Bougard H, Chu KM. Long-Term Mortality After Lower Extremity Amputation: A Retrospective Study at a Second-Level Government Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. East and Central African Journal of Surgery. 2021 Jan; 26(1):1-5. DOI: 10.4314/ecajs.v26i1.1.
- Chu KM, Dell AJ, Moultrie H, Day C, Naidoo M, van Straten S, Rayne S. A Geospatial Analysis of Two-Hour Surgical Access to District Hospitals in South Africa. BMC Health Services Research. 2020 Aug; 20(1):744. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-020-05637-0.