GLOBAL HEALTH & 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.
BMJ global health, October 1, 2018
International journal of epidemiology, October 1, 2018
PLoS neglected tropical diseases, September 17, 2018
PLoS neglected tropical diseases, August 22, 2018
Proceedings. Biological sciences, August 15, 2018
BMJ global health, June 4, 2018
BMJ global health, April 9, 2018
PLoS neglected tropical diseases, January 4, 2018
Global health action, January 1, 2018
Health affairs (Project Hope), August 1, 2017