2022 Speakers include
Professor Zahida Qureshi
Zahida is an Associate Professor at the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nairobi, Kenya with over two decades of clinical and research experience. She is a member of the WHO guideline development group and has participated in and chaired several guideline updates in maternal health in the last few years. She has been actively involved in International clinical trials and surveys as the country Principal Investigator and Regional coordinator for some of them. The trials include, The Woman trial, WHO Champion trial, Action trial and Multicountry survey (MCS)- MNH and MCS-Abortion among others. Most of them have led to global and regional policy change. Currently as the County PI she is leading the E-Motive trial which is sponsored by the University of Birmingham, and the other countries participating are Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa.
Ms Indie Kaur
Inderjeet Kaur or ‘Indie’ as she is popularly known is the Director of Midwifery at Fernandez Hospitals. Indie has held several strategic roles in her career at the NHS, UK. She is passionate about reducing health inequalities of vulnerable women. Indie successfully launched the world’s first maternity clinic in the Royal London Hospital to support women who have experienced sexual violence. Her initiative for developing seamless pathways of care for women with complex social needs won her the British Medical Journal award. She is also the recipient of 2019 Chief Midwifery Officer Gold Award NHS, UK for outstanding contribution to the midwifery. Indie has several publications and presentations to her credit.
Ms Yesmin Begum
I am a PPI Representative member at the NIHR Academy. I also facilitate online workshops for medical research. I have an extensive interest in research in pregnancy and gynecology. Overall, I am a public contributor and an expert with lived experiences that I like to share to enhance medical research and help the strategic development of services, techniques, medications, and digital tools.
Ms Charlotte Allen
Charlotte Allen is the Interdisciplinary Programme Manager for Global Health at the Medical Research Council. She is responsible for MRC’s maternal and neonatal health, early childhood development and adolescent health portfolios as part of her role. She is also interested in the nexus of global health and other disciplines such as planetary health, food systems, equitable partnerships and cities.
The Applied Global Health Research Board is MRC’s response mode board supporting research that will address global health challenges and inequities. We aim to develop a portfolio of high-quality global research which will be diverse, promote multidisciplinarity and strengthen global health research capacity. Maternal and neonatal health is an area of strategic focus for the board.
Professor Wendy Graham
Wendy Graham is a research scientist in maternal and perinatal health improvement in low-and-middle-income countries. Her career spans over 30 years, and she is currently Professor of Obstetric Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen.
The initial focus of Prof Graham’s work was the prevention of maternal mortality, setting-up surveillance systems in collaboration with partners in LMICs and with major international organizations, such as WHO and CDC. In recent years, her focus has shifted to epidemiological and implementation research for the reduction of healthcare-associated infections among mothers and newborns, including IPC and WASH interventions in healthcare facilities.
Dr Enny Paixao
Dr Enny Paixao Cruz is a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). Dr Paixao's research focuses on the use of electronic health data in middle-income countries, infectious disease and maternal and child health. In collaboration with partners at CIDACS-Fiocruz (http://cidacs.bahia.fiocruz.br/), she uses big data approaches to investigate the effect of obstetric and pre-natal conditions, congenital infections, and other potential social and environmental determinants and impact of social policies on birth, growth, morbidity, and survival, overall and in subgroups of interest in a dynamic Brazilian birth cohort.
Dr Fernando Althabe
Fernando Althabe, MD, MSc is Consultant of the Maternal and Perinatal Health unit, at HRP/SHR/WHO. Trained as obstetrician and with 15 years working as a clinician. He has considerable experience in the design and conduction of multicenter, multinational randomized controlled trials in implementation research in maternal and child health. Among other trials, he has conducted cluster randomized trials to evaluate complex interventions to reduce unnecessary cesarean sections (34 clusters, 5 countries), increase the use AMTSL and reduce episiotomy (19 clusters, 2 countries); increase the use of brief counselling for tobacco cessation (20 clusters, 2 countries); increase the use of antenatal steroids and evaluate their effectiveness in 102 clusters in 6 countries, within the NICHD's Global Network for Women´s and Children's Health Research; and improve syphilis screening and treatment during antenatal care (26 clusters, 2 countries). He is currently leading the WHO technical consultation on PPH in CS within the EMOTIVE project, and the Refractory Haemorrage Devices Trial (RED).
Professor Hadiza Galadanci
Prof Galadanci is the founding Director of ACEPHAP, a World Bank funded Africa Center of Excellence to strengthen inter-disciplinary evidence-informed policy development in West and Central Africa. she has established a research network and delivered over 20 studies with WHO, Mac Arthur Foundation, FIGO, MRC, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has trained and mentored over 600 medical students, residents, and postgraduate students and has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals. She has extensive experience in working and conducting projects with WHO, USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA and MNCH2. She is an inspiring model for women, particularly women clinical academics, being the first female obstetrician to be trained in the Kano region and has won multiple awards for her leading work in maternal health in Nigeria. She has served as a member in several initiatives and working groups including the TETFUND NRF, RDSC, AlignMNH committees. She has a Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, a Masters in Reproductive Health and Sexual Health Research from University College London and a Diploma from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. A Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology United Kingdom.
Professor Soo Downe
Soo spent 15 years working as a clinical and research midwife, then in 2001, she joined UCLan where she is now the Professor of Midwifery Studies. Her main research focus is the nature of, and cultures around, physiological (normal) birth, and she has been a member of the Technical Working Group of the World Health Organization antenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, ultrasound, and optimising caesarean section guidelines. She has published over 180 peer reviewed papers, and several books, She has undertaken research using a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods,and was a co-author in three Lancet Series (Midwifery, Stillbirth, and Optimising Caesearan Section). Her most recent completed study has examined the impact of the pandemic on safety and personalisation in maternity and neonatal care in the UK and the Netherlands. She is a co-investigator on the current GBS3 trial, and on the forthcoming C-Safe study.
Alinane Linda Nyondo-Mipando
A health systems researcher and faculty member of the Department of Health Systems and Policy at KUHeS, where she teaches and supervises students’ research projects that are primarily on health systems and policy. Her research interests are in Health Systems and Implementation Science Research with a focus on health service delivery including quality management. Her areas of interest are HIV and AIDS across different populations, Malaria, and Maternal and Newborn Health. Linda has a Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy from the University of Malawi (UNIMA); a Master’s degree in Community Health Nursing from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and a Bachelor of Nursing Advanced Practice (summa cum laude) from the University of Natal Durban, South Africa; University Certificate in Midwifery and a Diploma in Nursing with credit from UNIMA. Linda has vast experience in health systems strengthening including improving delivery of health services and application of quality management techniques. Her publications are on this link. ORCID ID: www.orcid.org/0000-0002-3572-3810
Dr John Allotey
John Allotey is a lecturer in epidemiology and women’s health at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women's Health within the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research. He has more than a decades experience in academic clinical research, primarily in the field of maternal health. His research interests lie in the development, evaluation and implementation of prognostic models and evidence synthesis using aggregate data and individual participant data meta-analysis.
Professor Andrew Weeks
Andrew Weeks is Professor of International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool and Director of the Sanyu Research Unit. He was brought up in Kenya, but had his undergraduate and postgraduate medical training around Yorkshire. In 2001 he returned to East Africa for 2 years as visiting lecturer in O&G at Makerere University in Uganda. In 2003 he joined the University of Liverpool as first clinical lecturer, then senior lecturer before being awarded a personal chair in 2011. He is also honorary consultant obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, one of the UK’s largest obstetric units. Andrew Weeks’ primary interest is in the translation of maternity care from high to low resource settings. He has a particular interest in misoprostol (he runs the www.misoprostol.org website), postpartum haemorrhage and the management of labour. He enjoys developing medical technologies and has 3 patents pending for clinical devices. The development of the PPH Butterfly has been funded by the NIHR for over £1 million and was Innovation of the Year in the NIHR NW Coast Research and Innovations awards and finalist in the Plastics Industry Awards. Andrew has over 200 publications to his name and currently runs clinical trials in the UK, Uganda and India, funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust, DFID and NIHR.
Dr Amie Wilson
Amie Wilson is a Research Fellow in Global Maternal Health and also a Registered Midwife (since 2006). Amie has real passion for improving care for women in resource limited settings. Her PhD examined interventions to reduce maternal death in low-and-middle income countries and her evidence synthesis work has achieved publications in the Lancet and British Medical Journal, and has influenced World Health Organisation guidelines. She has managed clinical research in high and low-and-middle income countries (Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Pakistan). She is currently conducting a Cochrane review on antibiotic prophylaxis in miscarriage surgery and has just completed a network meta-analysis prioritised by the World Health Organisation on tocolysis to delay preterm birth. Amie has worked for the World Health Organisation as a consultant, exploring the views and experiences of midwifery educators across the world, to better understand what action WHO and global partners, should take to improve quality midwifery education. Amie is keen to bring greater alignment to the worlds of midwifery and obstetric research. She is also a keen weightlifter.
Professor Justus Hofmeyr
Justus Hofmeyr worked at Holy Cross mission Hospital in Transkei before specializing in Obstetrics and Gynaecology; studied fetal physiology with Geoffrey Dawes in Oxford 1983/4; was head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Coronation Hospital/ University of the Witwatersrand 1988-2000; worked in the Eastern Cape 2000-2020; and since 2020 at University of Botswana.
His novel innovations which have been adopted globally include oral misoprostol solution in water for labor induction, delayed cord clamping for preventing intraventricular hemorrhage in preterm neonates, and posterior axilla sling traction for shoulder dystocia. Current innovations include a suction tube uterine tamponade device and a reusable tray for blood loss monitoring after birth. He has produced 9 audioviusal teaching videos for the WHO Reproductive Health Library, published 389 peer-reviewed research papers, and assisted his wife Carol with community development projects in rural Eastern Cape through the Keiskamma Trust.