Richard Lalou
IRD, Team leader at MERIT research unit
Team member
WP1 and WP2 member
Richard LALOU, MA, Ph.D. has headed the research unit called “Population-Environment-Development Laboratory” (2008-2011). Currently, he is a team leader for several projects at MERIT research unit, IRD/University of Paris. For over 20 years, he has conducted research to improve health practices related to HIV/AIDS and malaria (health access, drug compliance, drug prescription, etc.) among the community and health workers and to strengthen health systems. He has led several research projects in West Africa on malaria control and use of the new therapies (ACT). He has conducted research on the design, implementation, evaluation and sustainability of public policy and public health interventions to improve equity of access to health services and reduce social inequalities in health (effects of universal health coverage and mutual health organizations on community health and health systems). More recently, his interests also focus on the impact of environmental change (extreme heat events; natural and anthropic air pollution) on human health. He has worked on these topics for more than 15 years in Africa, including on population observatories. He has published over 70 scientific articles (in peer-reviewed journals), book sections and books. He has conducted more than twenty national and regional surveys in Africa (Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Republic of Congo); He coordinated the analyses of the 1992-94 Rwanda Census (U. of Montreal) and worked for organizations such as UNFPA, USAID, CIDA and the World Bank.