Matthew Bonds
Matthew Bonds
Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine

Dr. Bonds’s research has two main themes: 1) the ecology of poverty and economic development; and 2) the science of implementing global health delivery systems. The ecology of poverty refers to the complex network of interactions that drive the dynamics of poverty and economic development. More directly, the extremely poor often rely on their natural environment for their livelihoods and suffer high rates of morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases. We combine mathematical and statistical models of ecological systems of the poor with field-based data-collection to understand dynamics of poverty and disease.

These questions are being investigated alongside basic implementation science in collaboration with PIVOT, an organization that Dr. Bonds co-founded. Since 2014, PIVOT has worked alongside the Ministry of Health to create a scalable, evidence-based model health district in Ifanadiana, Madagascar, which consists of over 200,000 people. This work is done in collaboration with staff at PIVOT, the Ministry of Health of Madagascar, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and many other partners and collaborators.

Matthew Bonds has a PhD in economics and a PhD in (disease) ecology from the University of Georgia. He is an assistant professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and co-founder & scientific director of PIVOT. His research focuses on 1) the ecology of poverty and economic development; and 2) the science of implementing global health delivery systems. PIVOT works with the Madagascar government to establish a district level model health system for over 200,000 people. With novel data systems at all levels of care (community, primary and secondary care), this partnership is pioneering a new a science of health system transformation, with some of the most rigorously evaluated population level impacts in the world. His work has been supported by a K01 Award from the NIH Fogarty International Center, a Scholar Award in Complex Systems Science from the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship from the Mulago Foundation.

Improving geographical accessibility modeling for operational use by local health actors.
Authors: Authors: Ihantamalala FA, Herbreteau V, Révillion C, Randriamihaja M, Commins J, Andréambeloson T, Rafenoarimalala FH, Randrianambinina A, Cordier LF, Bonds MH, Garchitorena A.
Int J Health Geogr
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Mathematical assessment of the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions on curtailing the 2019 novel Coronavirus.
Authors: Authors: Ngonghala CN, Iboi E, Eikenberry S, Scotch M, MacIntyre CR, Bonds MH, Gumel AB.
Math Biosci
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Prioritising the role of community health workers in the COVID-19 response.
Authors: Authors: Ballard M, Bancroft E, Nesbit J, Johnson A, Holeman I, Foth J, Rogers D, Yang J, Nardella J, Olsen H, Raghavan M, Panjabi R, Alban R, Malaba S, Christiansen M, Rapp S, Schechter J, Aylward P, Rogers A, Sebisaho J, Ako C, Choudhury N, Westgate C, Mbeya J, Schwarz R, Bonds MH, Adamjee R, Bishop J, Yembrick A, Flood D, McLaughlin M, Palazuelos D.
BMJ Glob Health
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Factors associated with risk of developmental delay in preschool children in a setting with high rates of malnutrition: a cross-sectional analysis of data from the IHOPE study, Madagascar.
Authors: Authors: Miller AC, Garchitorena A, Rabemananjara F, Cordier L, Randriamanambintsoa M, Rabeza V, Razanadrakoto HR, Rakoto Ramakasoa R, RamahefarisonTiana O, Ratsimbazafy BN, Ouenzar MA, Bonds MH, Ratsifandrihamanana L.
BMC Pediatr
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Machine-learned patterns suggest that diversification drives economic development.
Authors: Authors: Brummitt CD, Gómez-Liévano A, Hausmann R, Bonds MH.
J R Soc Interface
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Making Pastoralists Count: Geospatial Methods for the Health Surveillance of Nomadic Populations.
Authors: Authors: Wild H, Glowacki L, Maples S, Mejía-Guevara I, Krystosik A, Bonds MH, Hiruy A, LaBeaud AD, Barry M.
Am J Trop Med Hyg
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Assessing trends in the content of maternal and child care following a health system strengthening initiative in rural Madagascar: A longitudinal cohort study.
Authors: Authors: Ezran C, Bonds MH, Miller AC, Cordier LF, Haruna J, Mwanawabenea D, Randriamanambintsoa M, Razanadrakato HR, Ouenzar MA, Razafinjato BR, Murray M, Garchitorena A.
PLoS Med
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Cohort Profile: Ifanadiana Health Outcomes and Prosperity longitudinal Evaluation (IHOPE).
Authors: Authors: Miller AC, Garchitorena A, Rabeza V, Randriamanambintsoa M, Rahaniraka Razanadrakato HT, Cordier L, Ouenzar MA, Murray MB, Thomson DR, Bonds MH.
Int J Epidemiol
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Towards elimination of lymphatic filariasis in southeastern Madagascar: Successes and challenges for interrupting transmission.
Authors: Authors: Garchitorena A, Raza-Fanomezanjanahary EM, Mioramalala SA, Chesnais CB, Ratsimbasoa CA, Ramarosata H, Bonds MH, Rabenantoandro H.
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
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Temperature drives Zika virus transmission: evidence from empirical and mathematical models.
Authors: Authors: Tesla B, Demakovsky LR, Mordecai EA, Ryan SJ, Bonds MH, Ngonghala CN, Brindley MA, Murdock CC.
Proc Biol Sci
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