My main interest is improving maternal and newborn health in low-resource settings. Having worked, lived and done research for over six years in Sub-Saharan Africa, I realised, that weak health system are the main reasons why so much of the old and new interventions, drugs and innovations are not implemented and thus cannot contribute to reduce the inacceptable high burden of mortality in pregnancy and around birth – the time when more than 300,000 mothers and 2,700,000 newborn lose their life, every year.
My research in the past has centred much on finding a better balance on accessibility and quality of care, a very important aspect not only for low-resource settings as improved accessibility may be at the expense of quality of care. Much of my most recent research interest is around intervention to improve quality of care and health system functioning for maternal and newborn health. I’m leading and co-leading several projects, partly together or linked to London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK.
I teach maternal health and health systems and policy aspects within the MSc course of Global Health and the Masters of Public Health, Health Economics, Policy and Management. I supervise students for the MSc thesis of all MSc tracts of Global Health and Public Health, Health economics, policy and management and Epidemiology. I also teach at LSHTM on epidemiology.