Neil Andersson

CIETcanada, Executive Director
1 Stewart Street, Room 319
Phone: 613-562-5393
Fax: 613-562-5392



Undergraduate Medicine, 1976 (University of Cape Town, South Africa); MRCS LRCP (MD equivalent), 1978 (Royal College of Surgeons/Royal College of Physicians); Diploma, Occupational Health, 1980 (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine); Diploma, Advance Epidemiologic Method, 1980 (Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki); Diploma, Epidemiology of Cancer, 1980 (IARC Lyon, France); Master of Science, Epidemiology, 1980 (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine); Master of Philosophy, Medicine, 1984 (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine); Member in the Faculty of Community Medicine, 1984; Member in the Faculty of Public Health, 1994 (Royal College of Physicians, UK).

Dr Andersson is the Executive Director of CIETcanada, Principal Scientist and co-convenor of the Impact Assessment Cluster at the Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa. He has served a member of the CIHR Peer review committee in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006; a member of the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Advisory Committee (CHARAC) Research Priority Working Group (2006); and as the Interim Chair, Peer review committees, Aboriginal Health and Community-based Research, CIHR.

Dr. Andersson has three decades of experience designing, implementing and managing evidence-based health planning initiatives. In 1985, he founded CIET, a group of NGOs, institutes, foundations and charities dedicated to community-based research and planning. A medical epidemiologist, he developed the client-focused, community-based cross-design measurement tools known collectively as the CIETmethods. While working in refugee camps in the Horn of Africa in the 1980, he developed the world’s first all-plastic microscope capable of diagnosing TB, leprosy and malaria. He also developed a bedside method for diagnosis of cholera.

Much of this energy is now invested in the development of open source epidemiological and mapping software. Dr Andersson’s teaching interest is the use of epidemiology in planning. He is currently running AIDS prevention trials, in collaboration with the University of Botswana (2007).

Research Interests
Gender-based violence
Corruption in public services
Aboriginal health especially youth resilience

Selected Publications

Andersson N. Prevention for those who have freedom of choice - or among the choice-disabled: Confronting equity in the AIDS epidemic AIDS Research and Therapy 2006, 3:23.

Andersson N, Mitchell S. Epidemiological geomatics in evaluation of mine risk education in Afghanistan: introducing population weighted raster maps. International Journal of Health Geographics 2006, 5:1.

Andersson N, Roche M. Gender in evidence-based planning. Development in Practice 2006, 16:2.

Andersson N, Ho Foster A. Forced sex and risk of HIV infection among South African youth. Sexuality in Africa 2005, 2/4:4-5.

Andersson N, Cockcroft A, Ansari N, et al. Household cost-benefit equations and sustainable universal childhood immunization: a randomised cluster controlled trial in south Pakistan. BMC Public Health 2005, 5:72.

Andersson N. Western and African traditional medicine - working together on AIDS. British Medical Journal. 2005; 331:785

Andersson N, Ho-Foster A, Matthis J, et al. National cross sectional study of views on sexual violence and risk of HIV infection and AIDS among South African school pupils. British Medical Journal 2004, 329; 952-4.

Andersson N, Paredes S, Ngxowa N and Matthis J. Social audit of provincial health services: building the community voice into planning in South Africa. Journal of Interprofessional Care 2004, 18/4;381-390.

Andersson N, Swaminathan A, Whitaker C and Roche M. Mine Smartness and the community voice in mine-risk education: lessons from Afghanistan and Angola. Third World Quarterly, 2003; 24(5):873-887.

Cockcroft A, Andersson N, Milne D, Hossain MD and Karim E. What did the public think of health services reform in Bangladesh? Three national community-based surveys 1999-2003. Health Research Policy and Systems 2007, 5:1

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