Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University College London, 2019
Associate Fellow, United Kingdom Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), 2018
MSc, Public Health, National Yang Ming University, 2011
BSc in Public and Environmental Health, University of The Gambia, 2004
Chronic Diseases Epidemiology; Tobacco Control; Health inequality; Social determinants of health; and Health policy.
Dr. Bai Cham completed his Ph.D. in Epidemiology at University College London in 2019 and is also an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). Upon completing his Ph.D., he joined the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MRCG@LSHTM) as a Research Fellow. He also previously worked for several years at the Gambia Ministry of Health and the University of The Gambia. His research fellowship at MRCG@LSHTM was funded through the Tobacco Control Capacity Programme (TCCP), a multi-country research consortium consisting of researchers and collaborators from different institutions in Africa, Asia, and the United Kingdom. Through TCCP, he established the first longitudinal study on tobacco use in The Gambia and provided significant technical support to the country’s tobacco control program. He has been involved in drafting policies, strategies, and standards for tobacco control and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the Gambia.
Bai Cham’s research interest is in the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors, including tobacco use.
- Cham, B., Popova, L., Badjie, O., & Weaver, S. R. (2023). Factors associated with successful purchase of cigarettes among students aged 11-17 years who made a purchase attempt in The Gambia: Evidence from the 2017 Global Youth Tobacco Survey. Tob Induc Dis, 21, 103. https://doi.org/10.18332/tid/168669
- Cham, B., Sey Corr, R., Weaver, S. R., Eriksen, M. P., & Popova, L. (2023). Intravaginal insertion of tobacco among women in sub-Saharan Africa. Tob Control. https://doi.org/10.1136/tc-2022-057831
- Sowe, A., Namatovu, F., Cham, B., & Gustafsson, P. E. (2023). Impact of a performance monitoring intervention on the timeliness of Hepatitis B birth dose vaccination in the Gambia: a controlled interrupted time series analysis. BMC Public Health, 23(1), 568. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-023-15499-w
- Dare, C., Cham, B., Boachie, M. K., Gitonga, Z., D'Alessandro, U., & Walbeek, C. (2022). Effect of price on the decision to experiment with cigarette smoking among Gambian children: a survival analysis using the Gambia 2017 Global Youth Tobacco Survey data. BMJ Open, 12(11), e061045. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061045
- Sowe, A., Namatovu, F., Cham, B., & Gustafsson, P. E. (2022). Does a pay-for-performance health service model improve overall and rural-urban inequity in vaccination rates? A difference-in- differences analysis from the Gambia. Vaccine X, 12, 100206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvacx.2022.100206
- Cham, B., Mdege, N. D., Bauld, L., Britton, J., & D’Alessandro, U. (2021). Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke in Public Places and Barriers to the Implementation of Smoke-Free Regulations in The Gambia: A Population-Based Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(12), 6263. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/12/6263
- Cham, B., Scholes, S., Groce, N. E., Badjie, O., & Mindell, J. S. (2020). High level of co-occurrence of risk factors for non-communicable diseases among Gambian adults: A national population-based health examination survey. Prev Med, 141, 106300. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106300
- Cham, B., Scholes, S., Ng Fat, L., Badjie, O., Groce, N. E., & Mindell, J. S. (2020). The silent epidemic of obesity in The Gambia: evidence from a nationwide, population-based, cross-sectional health examination survey. BMJ Open, 10(6), e033882. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033882
- Cham, B., Scholes, S., Groce, N. E., & Mindell, J. S. (2019). Prevalence and Predictors of Smoking among Gambian Men: A Cross-Sectional National WHO STEP Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(23), 4719. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/23/4719
- Cham, B., Scholes, S., Ng Fat, L., Badjie, O., & Mindell, J. S. (2018). Burden of hypertension in The Gambia: evidence from a national World Health Organization (WHO) STEP survey. International journal of epidemiology, 47(3), 860-871. https://academic.oup.com/ije/article/47/3/860/4831068