VACANCY: Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and/or Economics of Maternal and Newborn Health

As Assistant Professor, the postholder will be responsible for developing an international research portfolio towards a comprehensive value proposition for the development and first use of GBS (group B Streptococcus) vaccination. The proposition will be on the basis of a thorough assessment of the burden of disease and economic impact of GBS, and the costs and gains that can be expected through vaccination. This programme of work is expected to spur investments into the full development of candidate vaccines and inform the public health community on the key aspects of further R&D, as well as implementing and tracking progress in routine programmes. With close links to the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the work has a high probability of having major impact on mortality globally.

The postholder will work closely with Professor Joy Lawn and Professor Mark Jit, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and will be responsible for developing a programme of methodological and applied research. See full details and apply here. (deadline 9th March 2018)

New Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for maternal health

Building on and extending the reach of The Lancet Maternal Health Series, a new MOOC starting 25 September 2017 will bring the wealth of learning in the Series to the next generation of maternal health researchers globally. The MOOC, The Lancet Maternal Health Series: Global Research & Evidence is now open for registration. Rooted in the six papers of the Series, the free three-week course will highlight key insights of the Series in a learning format, with additional insights and contextualisation of the Series key messages.

To register for the course, visit

China launch of The Lancet Maternal Health Series confirmed for November 2017

The China launch of The Lancet Maternal Health Series, in collaboration with the China Maternal & Child Health Association (CMCHA) and UNICEF China, will take place in Hainan on 23-24 November 2017 at the 8th China Maternal & Child Health Development Forum.  Professors Oona Campbell, Carine Ronsmans and Dorothy Shaw will present key messages from the Series to over 3,000 maternal and child health professionals and senior government representatives attending the CMCHA Annual Meeting. The full Series Report in Mandarin Chinese will be available on the Series website once launched.


Bridging the Gap to FP2020:  Evidence to accelerate progress towards meeting the need for family planning

To coincide with the 2017 Family Planning Summit, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is hosting a research symposium to:

  • Share the latest evidence on unmet need for family planning,
  • Review evidenced-informed programming for addressing unmet need for family planning, and
  • Discuss a research agenda aligned to the global architecture for family planning.

The symposium will take place on Monday 10 July 2017, from 12:00-17:00

Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health 30 Guilford Street London, WC1N 1EH

Read the full invitation here:Bridging the gap FP2020 INVITATION 10 July 2017

New paper on the contested role of abortion and family planing in post-war South Sudan

A group of researchers from the LSHTM published a new paper offering an ethnographic analysis of public health policies and interventions targeting unwanted pregnancy  in South Sudan as part of wider ‘nation-building’ after war. The paper shows how the expansion of post-conflict family planning and abortion policy and services are particularly poignant sites for the enactment of reproductive identity negotiation, policing and conflict. The analysis also shows that these processes are shaped by two powerful institutions – ethnic movements and global humanitarian actors – who tend to take opposing stances on reproductive health.

Read the full paper here: Building the nation’s body: The contested role of abortion and family planning in post-war South Sudan

ENAP’s Research Design Workshop on Testing for Coverage Metrics of Facility Care

A Workshop was led by the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) Metrics Group co-chaired by the World Health Organisation and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in close collaboration with the Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) team. Read more…

Wendy Graham receives award for maternal health services from Government of Ethiopia

Professor Wendy Graham received a maternal health hero award from the Government of Ethiopia for her work with the E4A (Evidence for Action) project. She was recently appointed as a Professor of Obstetrics Epidemiology at the LSHTM. Read more…

FEMHealth: Burkisa Faso introduces free maternal and child healthcare

The Council of Ministers in Burkina Faso, under the leadership of the President, decided that from the 2nd April 2016, the government will provide free healthcare for children under-five, pregnant women, deliveries and caesareans, and breast and uterine cancer screening. Cause for celebration – but also a reminder of the lessons learned in recent experiences, say the researchers of the FEMHealth project.  Read more…

New paper on women’s attitudes around abortion services in Zambia

A group of researchers including staff and students from LSHTM published a paper on  women’s knowledge and attitudes surrounding abortion in Zambia. The study highlights the general lack of knowledge around the legal grounds for abortion as well as the conservative attitudes towards abortion services. Findings show that women considering terminating a pregnancy who are unaware of the legal framework are much less likely to approach a trained health provider, and may instead seek an unsafe abortion.

Read the paper here: Women’s knowledge and attitudes surrounding abortion in Zambia

A publication from ground breaking cohort study in Burkina Faso

Dr Veronique Filippi, Dr Clara Calvert, and Dr Katerini Storeng published an article on  long term consequences of emergency caesarean section on women’s health and lives in Burkina Faso. In particular, the study outlines higher risk of debts, sexual violence, reduced or “sub-fertility” and divorce four years after the event. Moreover, there are indications that women suffered psychological distress in the short and medium term.

The paper can be found here: After surgery: the effects of life-saving caesarean sections in Burkina Faso

Collaboration with the West China Centre for Rural Health Systems Development, Sichuan University

LSHTM started a new collaboration with the China Medical Board to the West China Research Centre for Rural Health Development (WCRC-RHD) in Sichuan University. Professor Carine Ronsmans, Professor Kara Hanson, and other LSHTM staff now support the development and delivery of a Health Systems Research short course with a specific focus on China. To help the Centre staff in this new project, LSHTM recently recruited one research fellow for 6 months to be based in Chengdu and work with Professor Carine Ronsmans and Professor Min Yang. David Shallcross supports the mapping of health and health system issues in Western China, and works closely with the Centre staff for the development of the course.

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