Dr Hayley Mableson

Country Programme Manager (Bangladesh and Tanzania)

Hayley completed a degree in Biomedical Science (hons) infectious diseases at the University of Edinburgh, where she went on to complete a PhD in 2014, which investigated the epidemiological transitions of infectious and non-communicable diseases, and reviewed the history of global health advocacy related to these transitions. Her work focussed on the advocacy for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and Neglected Zoonotic Diseases (NZDs). Hayley subsequently completed an internship in the NTD department at the WHO, where she worked on NZD advocacy and research as part of an international consortium. Expanding on her knowledge and experience in NTDs, she then worked with Mission Rabies, a UK based charity that control rabies in developing countries through mass dog vaccination programmes, where she worked on a school-based rabies education programme in Goa, India.

In 2014 Hayley joined the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNTD) as a Programme Officer, supporting the implementation of in-country lymphatic filariasis (LF) programmes. CNTD is a DFID funded programme and supports NTD activities in 12 countries assisting their progress towards successful elimination of LF as a public health problem. This is done through mass drug administration, morbidity management & disability prevention and best practice research.

Implementation and technical support

CNTD – DFID funding for the elimination of LF as a public health problem
As part of the DFID-funded programme for the elimination of LF as a public health problem, I am responsible for the programme management of Tanzania and Bangladesh, working in collaboration with the national NTD programmes to effectively implement LF Mass Drug Administration (MDA) and Morbidity Management activities in line with WHO guidelines and the Global Programme for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) goal of 2020. As part of this work I have:

- Supported the implementation of MDA and surveillance activities in the urban region of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, including the scale up of LQAS coverage surveys to verify coverage levels to ensure maximum impact of the programme
- Supported scale up of MMDP activities in Dar es Salaam and action planning for the national scale up of MMDP activities to meet with WHO requirements in Tanzania
- Scale up and implementation of MMDP activities in Bangladesh, including M&E of health facilities to ensure readiness and availability of quality care
- Supported the implementation of Transmission Assessment Surveys (TAS) to confirm the interruption of LF transmission across Bangladesh, and worked closely with the Ministry of Health to develop a post-TAS surveillance strategy to ensure that elimination of transmission is sustained
- Worked on the development and scale up of the mHealth reporting tool MeasureSMS for the reporting of LF clinical cases in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nepal and Bangladesh
- Supported capacity strengthening in CNTD supported parasitology laboratories in Ghana and Kenya so they may attain an international standard (ISO15189 (2012) and provide quality support for NTD control, monitoring and evaluation both nationally and regionally


I assisted with the administrative support to six PhD students conducting operational research on LF. I have also supported the supervision of Masters’ students conducting research on the barriers to effective MDA coverage and elimination of LF in Zanzibar, and the feasibility of integrating LF and leprosy morbidity management care through community networks in Nepal. Additionally, I have worked with the CNTD team to support visiting Masters’ students from UK and US institutions in field studies in programme countries.


British Society of Parasitology
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Selected publications

  • Martindale S*, Mableson HE*, Kebede B, Kiros FH, Tamiru A, Mengistu B, Krueger A, Mackenzie CD, Kelly-Hope LA (2018). A Comparison between paper-based and m-Health tools for collating and reporting clinical cases of lymphatic filariasis and podoconiosis in Ethiopia. mHealth doi: 10.21037/mhealth.2018.09.12

    Pryce J, Mableson HE, Choudhary R, Pandey BD, Aley D, Betts H, Mackenzie CD, Kelly-Hope LA, Cross H (2018). Assessing the feasibility of integration of self-care for filarial lymphoedema into existing community leprosy self-help groups in Nepal. BMC Public Health doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5099-0

    Mableson HE*, Martindale S*, Stanton MC, Mackenzie CD, Kelly-Hope LA (2017). Community-based field implementation scenarios of a short message reporting tool for lymphatic filariasis case estimates in Africa and Asia. Mhealth doi:10.21037/mhealth.2017.06.06

    Mwingira U, Chikawe M, Madara WL, Mableson HE, Uisso C, Mremi I, Malishee A, Malecela M, Mackenzie CD, Kelly-Hope LA, Stanton MC (2017). Lymphatic filariasis patient identification in a large urban area of Tanzania: An application of a community-led mHealth system. PLos Negl Trop Dis 11 (7) doi.org/10/1371/journal.pntd.0005748

    Shamsuzzaman AKM, Haq R, Karim MJ, Azad MB, Mahmood ASM, Khair A, Rahman MM, Hafiz I, Ramaiah KD, Mackenzie CD, Mableson HE, Kelly-Hope LA (2017). The significant scale up and success of Transmission Assessment Surveys ‘TAS’ for endgame surveillance of lymphatic filariasis in Bangladesh: One step closer to the elimination goal of 2020. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 11 (1). doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005340

    Mableson HE, Okello A, Picozzi K, Welburn SC (2014). Neglected Diseases: a long and winding road to advocacy. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 8(6): e2800. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002800