A/PROFESSOR VIRGINIA WISEMAN

A/Prof Virginia Wiseman

A/Professor Virginia Wiseman
For the past 12 years I have been working as a health economist with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where my research has focussed on the delivery and financing of health care in low and middle income countries. In 2012 I joined the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW (part time) where I contribute to teaching on the Comparative Health Systems and Economic Evaluation teaching modules. I currently lead 2 multi-country research studies. One is an AusAID-funded study on equity in health care fianncing in Timor Leste and Fiji. The other study, funded by the Gates Foundation through the ACT Consortium at LSHTM, investigates the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of provider interventions to improve health worker practice in providing treatment for uncomplicated malaria in Cameroon and Nigeria. Past projects have included economic evaluations of different public health interventions in Togo, Kenya, Tanzania, The Gambia and Malawi. I continue to work for UNSW and LSHTM.

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Publications

Hopkins H, Bruxvoort K, Cairns M, Chandler C, Leurent B, Ansah E, Baiden F, Baltzell K, Björkman A, Burchett H, Clarke S, DiLiberto D, Elfving K, Goodman C, Hansen K, Kachur PS, Lal S, Lalloo D, Leslie T, Magnussen P, Mangham-Jefferies L, Mårtensson A, Mayan I, Mbonye A, Msellem M, Onwujekwe O, Owusu-Agyei S,  Reyburn H, Rowland M, Shakely D, Vestergaard L, Webster J, Wiseman V, Yeung S, Schellenberg D, Staedke S, Whitty C. The impact of introducing malaria rapid diagnostic tests on antibiotic prescribing: a nine-site analysis in public and private health care settings. British Medical Journal (Accepted 6th February 2017).

Visser T, Bruxvoort K, Maloney K, Leslie T, Barat LM, Allan R, Ansah EK, Anyanti J, Boulton I, Clarke SE, Cohen JL, Cohen JM, Cutherell A, Dolkart C, Eves K, Fink G, Goodman C, Hutchinson E, Lal S, Mbonye A,  Onwujekwe O, Yeung S, Petty N, Poyer S, Pontarollo J, Schellenberg S, Streat E, Ward A, Wiseman V, Whitty CJM, Cunningham J, Chandler CIR. Introducing malaria rapid diagnostic tests in private medicine retail outlets:  A systematic literature review. PLoS One (Accepted 16th February 2017).

Visser Bruxvoort K , Maloney K, Leslie T, Barat LM, Allan R, Ansah EK, Anyanti J, Boulton I, Clarke SE, Cohen J, Cohen JM, Cutherell A, Dolkart C, Eves K, Fink G, Goodman C, Hutchinson E, Lal S, Mbonye A, Onwujekwe O, Petty N, Pontarollo J, Poyer S, Schellenberg D, Streat E, Ward A, Wiseman V, Whitty CJM, Yeung S, Cunningham J, Chandler CIR. Introducing malaria rapid diagnostic tests in private medicine retail outlets: A systematic literature review. PLoS One. (Accepted 23rd November 2016).

Burchett H, Leurent B, Baiden F, Baltzell K,Björkman A, Bruxvoort K, Clarke S, DiLiberto D, Elfving K, Goodman C, Hopkins H, Lal S, Liverani M, Magnussen P, Mårtensson A, Mbacham W, Mbonye A, Onwujekwe A,Allen DR, Shakely D, Staedke S, Vestergaard L, Whitty CJM, Wiseman V, Chandler CIR. Changing prescribing practice with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs): synthesis of ten studies to explore reasons for variation in malaria RDT uptake and adherence. BMJ Open (Accepted 10th October 2016).

Zhou G, Wiseman V, Atieli HE, Lee MC, Githeko AK, Yan G. Zhou G (2016). The Impact of Long-Lasting Microbial Larvicides in Reducing Malaria Transmission and Clinical Malaria Incidence: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Trials 17(1): 423.

Chandler CIR; Burchett H; Boyle L; Achonduh O; Mbonye A; DiLiberto D; Reyburn H; Onwujekwe O; Haaland A; RocaFeltrer A; Baiden F; Mbacham WF; Ndyomugyenyi R; Nankya F; Mangham-Jefferies L; Clarke S; Mbakilwa H; Reynolds J; Lal S; Leslie T; Maiteki-Sebuguzi C; Webster J; Magnussen P; Ansah E; Hansen KS; Hutchinson E; Cundill B; Wiseman V; Yeung S; Schellenberg D; Staedke SG; Lalloo DG; Whitty CJM (2016) Examining intervention design: lessons from the development of eight related malaria health care intervention studies Health Systems Reform 2(4):373.

Umeano-Enemuoh JC, Uzochukwu BS, Ezumah N, Mangham-Jefferies L,  Wiseman V, Onwujekwe OE. (2015) A qualitative study on health workers' and community members' perceived sources, role of information and communication on malaria treatment, prevention and control in southeast, Nigeria. BMC Infectious Diseases 15:437.

Onwujekwe O; Mangham-Jefferies L; Cundill B; Alexander N; Langham J; Ibe O; Uzochukwu B; Wiseman V (2015) Effectiveness of Provider and Community Interventions to Improve Treatment of Uncomplicated Malaria in Nigeria: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial, PLoS One, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133832

Ibe OP; Mangham-Jefferies L; Cundill B; Wiseman V; Uzochukwu BS; Onwujekwe OE, 2015, ‘Quality of care for the treatment for uncomplicated malaria in South-East Nigeria: how important is socioeconomic status?’, International Journal for Equity in Health, 14(1): 19.

Ogochukwu Ibe, Lindsay Mangham-Jefferies, Bonnie Cundill, Virginia Wiseman, Benjamin Uzochukwu and Obinna Onwujekwe. (2015) Quality of care for the treatment for uncomplicated malaria in South-East Nigeria: how important is socioeconomic status? International Journal for Equity in Health 14:19.

Mangham-Jefferies L; Hanson K; Mbacham W; Onwujekwe O; Wiseman V, 2014, ‘Mind the gap: knowledge and practice of providers treating uncomplicated malaria at public and mission health facilities, pharmacies and drug stores in Cameroon and Nigeria.’, Health Policy and Planning, 30(9):1129-41.

Mangham-Jefferies L, Wiseman V, Achonduh OA, Drake T, Cundill B, Onwujekwe O, Mbacham W.(2014)  Economic evaluation of a cluster-randomized trial of interventions to improve health workers' practice in diagnosing and treating uncomplicated malaria in Cameroon. Value in Health 17(8):783-91.

Reynolds J; DiLiberto D; Mangham-Jefferies L; Ansah EK; Lal S; Mbakilwa H; Bruxvoort K; Webster J; Vestergaard LS; Yeung S; Leslie T; Hutchinson E; Reyburn H; Lalloo DG; Schellenberg D; Cundill B; Staedke SG; Wiseman V; Goodman C; Chandler CI, 2014, ‘The practice of ‘doing’ evaluation: lessons learned from nine complex intervention trials in action.’, Implementation Science, 9:75.

Achonduh OA; Mbacham WF; Mangham-Jefferies L; Cundill B; Chandler C; Pamen-Ngako J; Lele AK; Ndong IC; Ndive SN; Ambebila JN; Orang-Ojong BB; Metoh TN; Akindeh-Nji M; Wiseman V (2014) Designing and implementing interventions to change clinicians’ practice in the management of uncomplicated malaria: lessons from Cameroon, Malaria Journal, vol. 13, pp. 204.

Mbacham WF; Mangham-Jefferies L; Cundill B; Achonduh OA; Chandler CI; Ambebila JN; Nkwescheu A; Forsah-Achu D; Ndiforchu V; Tchekountouo O; Akindeh-Nji M; Ongolo-Zogo P; Wiseman V (2014) Basic or enhanced clinician training to improve adherence to malaria treatment guidelines: a cluster-randomised trial in two areas of Cameroon., Lancet Global Health, 2(6): e346 - e358.

Mangham‐Jefferies L, Hanson K, Mbacham W, Onwujekwe O, Wiseman V. (2014) What determines providers’ stated preference for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria? Social Science & Medicine 104, 98e106.

Ezeoke OP, Ezumah NN, Chandler C, Mangham‐Jefferies LJ, Onwujekwe OE, Wiseman V, Uzochukwu BS. (2012) Exploring health providers’ and community perceptions and experiences with malaria tests in south‐east Nigeria: a critical step towards appropriate treatment. Malaria Journal 11:368

Wiseman V, Ezeoke O, Nwala E, Mangham LJ, Cundill B, Enemuo J, Uchegbu E, Uzochukwu B, Onwujekwe O. (2012). Evaluation of a provider and a school-based intervention to improve treatment of uncomplicated malaria in south-eastern Nigeria: A study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials 13: 81.

Clare I.R. Chandler, Lindsay Mangham, Abanda Ngu Njei, Olivia Achonduh2,  Wilfred F. Mbacham, Virginia Wiseman  (2012) ‘As a clinician, you are not managing lab results, you are managing the patient’: how the enactment of malaria at health facilities in Cameroon compares with new WHO guidelines for the use of RDTs. Social Science and Medicine.; 74(10):1528-35.

Wiseman V, Mangham LJ, Cundill B, Achonduh OA, Nji AM, Njei AN, Chandler C, Mbacham WF. (2012). A cost-effectiveness analysis of provider interventions to improve health worker practice in providing treatment for uncomplicated malaria in Cameroon: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials; 13:4.

Mangham LJ,  Cundill B, Achonduh OA,  Ambebila JN, Lele A, Metoh TN, Ndive SN,  Ndong IC, Nguela RL,  Nji AM, Orang-Ojong B,Pamen-Ngako J, Wiseman V, Mbacham WF. (2012) Malaria Prevalence and Treatment of Febrile Patients Attending Health Facilities in Cameroon. Tropical Medicine and International Health; 7(3):330-42

 

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