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Ana Lucía Moncayo, PhD.Ana Luca Moncayo redonda

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Research groups: Health Impact Assessment (group leader)

Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Healthy Living Initiative   

Areas of research: Epidemiology / Infectious, immunological and chronic diseases / Health policy evaluation / Health promotion and nutrition / One Health.


Investigacin actual  Current research: 

  • Public health
  • Epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • Evaluation of social health programs
  • Primary health care evaluation
  • Determinants of malnutrition in children
  • Maternal and child health


Estudios  Education:


  • 2013-2014. Postdoctoral fellow. Tropical Diseases Institute/Ohio University, OH, USA.
  • 2011. PhD. in Public Health, Focus area: Epidemiology. Instituto de Saúde Coletiva, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador de Bahia- Brasil.
  • 2008. Master in Community Health, Focus area: Epidemiology. Instituto de Saúde Coletiva, Universidade Federal da Bahía, Salvador de Bahía- Brasil.
  • 2001. Bachelor in Biology. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.


Research projects: 

PILLAR Project: Pillar Health Care Expansion and Population Health in Latin America 

This project is funded by the Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom and brings together researchers from universities or institutions in Brazil (Universidade Federal da Bahia), Mexico (National Institute of Public Health), Colombia (Universidad de Los Andes) and Ecuador (CISeAL- Pontificia Catholic University of Ecuador). The objective of the project is to evaluate the impact of the expansion of Primary Health Care and social programs on mortality and morbidity in the last two decades in order to provide inputs for public policies. This project will produce multiple impacts on health and research policies in Brazil Colombia, Mexico and Ecuador and in other Latin American countries through communication, dissemination and network consolidation activities.


SEDHI Project: NIHR Unit in Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Inequalities  

This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (Global Health Research Units and Groups Programme) of the United Kingdom and brings together various institutions from the United Kingdom (University of Glasgow), Brazil (Fiocruz, Federal University of Bahia, CIDACS, etc. ) and Ecuador (Universidad Internacional del Ecuador, CISeAL-Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, ESPOL). In the next five years, the group aims to be a global leader, with a focus on Latin America, in leveraging and integrating existing databases to assess the impact of social and environmental policies on health and health inequalities. Research capacity in "data linkage" and policy evaluation will be developed as a legacy for Brazil and Ecuador.


Cargo actual  Current position: 


  • Principal Investigator at the Center for Research on Health in Latin America.
  • Professor at the School of Biological Sciences. College of Exact and Natural Sciences. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.


Publicaciones recientes  Recent publications


  • Chivardi, C., Sosa, A. Z., Cavalcanti, D. M., Ordoñez, J. A., Diaz, J. F., Zuluaga, D., Almeida, C., Serván‐Mori, E., Hessel, P., Moncayo, A. L., & Rasella, D. (2023). Understanding the social determinants of child mortality in Latin America over the last two decades: a machine learning approach. Scientific Reports, 13(1).
  • Erazo, C. V., Cifuentes, A. C., Navas, A. M., Carrión, F. G., Caicedo-Gallardo, J. D., Andrade, M., & Moncayo, A. L. (2023). Psychosocial dysfunction of children and adolescents during the COVID-19 lockdown in Ecuador: a cross-sectional study. BMJ open, 13(6), e068761.
  • Cavalcanti, D. M., Ordoñez, J. A., Aransiola, T., Almeida, C., Díaz, J. F. P., Mayorga, D. Z., ... & Rasella, D. (2023). Evaluation and Forecasting Analysis of the Association of Conditional Cash Transfer With Child Mortality in Latin America, 2000-2030. JAMA Network Open, 6(7), e2323489-e2323489.
  • Rivadeneira, M.F., Moncayo, A.L., Cóndor, J.D.Tello, B., Buitrón, J., Astudillo, F., Caicedo-Gallardo, J.D., Estrella-Proaño, A., Naranjo-Estrella, A.  & Torres, A.L. (2022) High prevalence of chronic malnutrition in indigenous children under 5 years of age in Chimborazo-Ecuador: multicausal analysis of its determinants. BMC Public Health 22, 1977.
  • Grijalva, M.J.; Villacís, A.G.; Ocaña-Mayorga, S.; Yumiseva, C.A.; Nieto-Sanchez, C.; Baus, E.G. and Moncayo, A.L. (2022).Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Chemical Control for Chagas Disease Vectors in Loja Province, Ecuador. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. Ahead of print
  • Mario J Grijalva, Ana L Moncayo, Cesar A Yumiseva, Sofia Ocaña-Mayorga, Esteban G Baus, Anita G Villacís. (2022). Evaluation of Selective Deltamethrin Application with Household and Community Awareness for the Control of Chagas Disease in Southern Ecuador. Journal of Medical Entomology, tjac050,
  • Tello, B., Rivadeneira, M.F., Moncayo, A.L., Buitrón, J., Astudillo, F., Estrella, A. and Torres, A.L. (2022).  Breastfeeding, feeding practices and stunting in indigenous Ecuadorians under 2 years of age. Int Breastfeed J. 17(19).
  • Bates, B.R., Villegas-Botero, A., Costales, J.A, Moncayo, A.L., Tami, A., Carvajal, A. & Grijalva, M.J. (2022) COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Three Latin American Countries: Reasons Given for Not Becoming Vaccinated in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, Health Communication, DOI:
  • Chavez-Lindell, T.L., Moncayo, A.L., Vinueza Veloz, M.F., Odoi, A. (2022). An exploratory assessment of human and animal health concerns of smallholder farmers in rural communities of Chimborazo, Ecuador. PeerJ 9:e12208
  • Ocana-Mayorga, S., Bustillos, J., Villacís, A., Moncayo, A., Yumiseva, C., Brenière, S., & Grijalva, M. (2021). Human Blood Meals in Sylvatic Triatomines Challenges Domestic-Centered Strategies for Prevention of Trypanosoma cruzi Transmission in Ecuador. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene, tpmd201312. Advance online publication.
  • Caicedo-Gallardo, J. D., Rivadeneira, M. F., Torres, A. L., Tello, B., Astudillo, F., Buitrón, G. J., & Moncayo, A. L. (2021). Social capital and its relationship with malnutrition and anemia in children from rural coastal Ecuador. Rural and remote health, 21(4), 6271.
  • Erazo, C. E., Erazo, C. V., Grijalva, M. J., & Moncayo, A. L. (2021). Knowledge, attitudes and practices on influenza vaccination during pregnancy in Quito, Ecuador. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 72. doi:10.1186/s12889-020-10061-4
  • Guamán, L. P., Rivadeneira, M. F., Moncayo, A. L., Cóndor, J., Astudillo, F., Buitrón, J., Tello, B., Torres, A. L., & Paúl Astudillo Neira, E. (2020). Capital social y malnutrición en población indígena menor de 5 años de cinco cantones de la provincia de Chimborazo. Revista Ecuatoriana De Pediatría, 21(3), Artículo 18:1-9.
  • Bates, B. R., Moncayo, A. L., Costales, J. A., Herrera-Cespedes, C. A., & Grijalva, M. J. (2020). Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Towards COVID-19 Among Ecuadorians During the Outbreak: An Online Cross-Sectional Survey. Journal of community health, 10.1007/s10900-020-00916-7. Advance online publication.
  • Rivadeneria, M.F., Moncayo, A.L., Tello, B., Torres, A.L., Buitrón, G.J., Astudillo, F., Fredericks, T.R. and Grijalva, M.J. (2020). A multi-causal model for chronic malnutrition and anemia in a population of rural coastal children. Matern Child Health J. 24, 472–482.
  • Padilla, N.A., Moncayo, A.L., Keil, C.B., Grijalva, M.J., Villacís, A. G. (2019). Life Cycle, Feeding, and Defecation Patterns of Triatoma carrioni (Hemiptera: Reduviidae), Under Laboratory Conditions, Journal of Medical Entomology 56(3): 617–624.


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