CHERG was formed in 2001 by the WHO as an independent source of technical expertise on child morbidity and mortality estimates at global and country levels. Estimations of the burden of maternal morbidity and mortality were included in the late 2000s. From 2009-2014, the work of CHERG was funded by the Gates Foundation and conducted by researchers in a number of key institutions including LSHTM.
The lead institution was Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. The Maternal Health Group is improving knowledge of the extent of maternal morbidities and disabilities.
We conducted systematic reviews and meta-analyses to obtain global or regional estimates of morbidity associated with the following conditions: abortion complications, haemorrhage, obstructed labour and fistulae. We also conducted reviews of HIV during pregnancy and its relationships with maternal mortality and complications. Finally, we contributed methodologically by testing a new approach to obtain valid population based estimates from retrospective interview surveys with women (InterSamm).
This work was done in collaboration with Dr. Lale Say and Dr. Doris at the World Health Organisation, as well as Professor H Peterson. We continue working with the WHO on maternal morbidity estimation through our participation to the Maternal Morbidity Technical Working Group and with three new systematic reviews on health functioning during pregnancy and the postpartum period and on abortion morbidity.
For further information please contact: Veronique Filippi
Past and currents members of the group involved in this research activities include: Carine Ronsmans, Alma Adler, Clara Calvert, Jenny Cresswell, Chris Grollman, Sara Thomas, Isabelle Lange, Ed Fottrell, Karen Wagner.