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    Labour Ward in Rural Tanzanian Hospital

    About 303 000 women died in 2015 of complications during pregnancy or childbirth globally. In addition, around 2.7 million babies died in the first month of life. Most of these deaths can be avoided as the necessary medical interventions exist and are well known. A key obstacle is pregnant women’s lack of access to quality care before, during and after childbirth – WHO 2014 Photo: © MamaYe!

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    Achieving SDG3, a focus of the Maternal and Newborn Health Group

    As the world has moved its sights to the 2030 sustainable development agenda, the research group continues to work to strengthen capacity and fill the knowledge gaps to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.

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The Maternal Health Group in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiolgy was created in 1989 and expanded in 2015 to include the Newborn Health and Stillbirth Team at LSHTM. The group works also closely alongside the Maternal Adolescent Reproductive and Child Health, MARCH centre.

Mothers in Burkina Faso

Mothers in Burkina Faso

The Maternal and Newborn Health Group carries out research to contribute to the international debate and key policy, measurement and evaluation issues related to the health of young children and their mothers. The multidisciplinary research team is made up of epidemiologists, anthropologists, statisticians, economists, demographers, and clinicians such as medical doctors, midwives, and nurses. The research done by the group is conducted within research consortia or with partners in the UK and overseas who have established reputations in the field.

Areas of expertise in the Maternal Health Team include the measurement of maternal morbidity and mortality, clinical audits of near-miss cases and maternal deaths, other quality of care improvement approaches, evaluation of complex interventions, definition and measurement of unsafe abortion, signal functions for health facilities, long term consequences of maternal deaths and complications, the relationship between HIV and maternal mortality.

Expertise in the Newborn Health Team includes global and national estimates for newborn impact indicators, newborn death audit, newborn infectious disease, quality of care improvement approaches, definition and tool development for newborn measurement, signal functions for health facilities, health systems, health policy evaluation, and evaluation of complex interventions.

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