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.
The Maternal Health group is one of the longest-standing research groups working with LMICs, and will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2019; further details can be found on the News pages
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, and healthcare-associated infections at birth.
The Newborn Health Team focuses on high impact research and partnerships for next generation leadership, notably through the Every Newborn Action Plan. We work to reduce stillbirths, neonatal deaths, perinatal infections notably Group B Strep, later disability and to promote child development. Expertise includes: improving data and routine information systems for impact indicators (LBW, preterm birth, stillbirths, neonatal cause of death, maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response), coverage/quality of care, tools to assess service readiness for maternal/newborn care, as well as measurement for early child development; large observational studies and cohorts; RCTs; large scale evaluation of complex interventions and national progress tracking and case studies.