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.

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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Estimating the effects of variation in viremia on mosquito susceptibility, infectiousness, and R0 of Zika in Aedes aegypti.
Authors: Authors: Tesla B, Demakovsky LR, Packiam HS, Mordecai EA, Rodríguez AD, Bonds MH, Brindley MA, Murdock CC.
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
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Impact of a health system strengthening intervention on maternal and child health outputs and outcomes in rural Rwanda 2005-2010.
Authors: Authors: Thomson DR, Amoroso C, Atwood S, Bonds MH, Rwabukwisi FC, Drobac P, Finnegan KE, Farmer DB, Farmer PE, Habinshuti A, Hirschhorn LR, Manzi A, Niyigena P, Rich ML, Stulac S, Murray MB, Binagwaho A.
BMJ Glob Health
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Madagascar can build stronger health systems to fight plague and prevent the next epidemic.
Authors: Authors: Bonds MH, Ouenzar MA, Garchitorena A, Cordier LF, McCarty MG, Rich ML, Andriamihaja B, Haruna J, Farmer PE.
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
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Integrated health system strengthening can generate rapid population impacts that can be replicated: lessons from Rwanda to Madagascar.
Authors: Authors: Bonds MH, Rich ML.
BMJ Glob Health
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Child malnutrition in Ifanadiana district, Madagascar: associated factors and timing of growth faltering ahead of a health system strengthening intervention.
Authors: Authors: McCuskee S, Garchitorena A, Miller AC, Hall L, Ouenzar MA, Rabeza VR, Ramananjato RH, Razanadrakato HR, Randriamanambintsoa M, Barry M, Bonds MH.
Glob Health Action
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Early changes in intervention coverage and mortality rates following the implementation of an integrated health system intervention in Madagascar.
Authors: Authors: Garchitorena A, Miller AC, Cordier LF, Rabeza VR, Randriamanambintsoa M, Razanadrakato HR, Hall L, Gikic D, Haruna J, McCarty M, Randrianambinina A, Thomson DR, Atwood S, Rich ML, Murray MB, Ratsirarson J, Ouenzar MA, Bonds MH.
BMJ Glob Health
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Contagious disruptions and complexity traps in economic development.
Authors: Authors: Brummitt CD, Huremovic K, Pin P, Bonds MH, Vega-Redondo F.
Nat Hum Behav
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