Joseph Valadez

Visiting Scientist

Department of Global Health and Population

Joseph Valadez is a Visiting Scientist in Global Health and Population, and Professor of International Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He also a Teaching Fellow and Oxford University. While a member of The World Bank he was the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for the Global HIV/AIDS Programme and the Malaria Booster Program for Africa, and provided M&E support to other areas of health sector. A community epidemiologist who has worked in more than 50 countries, including Kenya, where he was Director of Projects for the African Medical and Research Foundation and Rwanda where he served as Senior Health Officer for UNICEF immediately after the genocide, helping the new Rwandan government develop a Ministry of Health and addressing priority health problems during their crisis period. He has deep practical experience in planning and managing national and sub-national health programs throughout Africa, Latin America, and South and Central Asia. As an epidemiologist he has advanced the development of rapid and practical programme monitoring and evaluation techniques that adapt quality control statistics as used in industry, for application in community health programmes. He pioneered the Lot Quality Assurance Sampling method during the mid-1980s while a member of the Harvard faculty. LQAS is now used internationally and recently LQAS has been integrated with cluster sampling for applications in large countries. Professor Valadez has also been prescient in using epidemiological methods to expedite Health Facility Assessments for quality control of the treatment of sick children, and patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. He is interested in developing Programme M&E techniques that empower local managers to manage their programmes by using results. Currently he is working to successfully develop a tool kit for Programme M&E that local Public Health Officers can use to identify which interventions are priorities and need improvement.

Currently, he is supporting the Government of the Republic of South Sudan establish its national informatics systems. He has been working throughout the South Sudan’s 10 states since 2006. He also supports the governments of Bihar and Odisha States in India to implement LQAS methods for monitoring their malaria and maternal and child health programs. In Uganda he support DFID to evaluate the impact of Results Based Financing in the Acholi and Lango sub-regions, and USAID to institutionalize LQAS nationally. He also supports UNICEF to roll out LQAS methodology throughout sub-Saharan Africa to support its programme for integrated community case management, and to assess the effectiveness of Child Health Days. He has authored 5 books including Assessing Child Survival Programs in Developing Countries: Testing Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (Harvard Press, 1991), and Monitoring and Evaluation Social Programs in Developing Countries (The World Bank, 1994).