Andrew Weeks (University of Liverpool) is a Professor of International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool. He is Director of both the Sanyu Research Unit and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Research Synthesis. Brought up in Kenya, he completed his medical training in Yorkshire. In 2001 he returned to East Africa for two years as visiting lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Makerere University, 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. His primary interest is in the translation of maternity care from high to low resource settings. Andrew has over 170 publications to his name and currently runs clinical trials in the UK, Uganda and India.
Kate Lightly (University of Liverpool) is a PhD student and MOLI study trial manager at the University of Liverpool. Kate, a trainee obstetrician, leads the MOLI study which is looking at comparing two interventions (misoprostol and oxytocin) in the induction of labour in high risk women in India. She will also examine the effect of introducing enhanced fetal monitoring methods into a low resource setting. Recruitment will take place in three public hospitals in Nagpur, Central India.
Terry Kana (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) is a Senior Research Associate (Midwifery) at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Terry is a registered nurse and midwife and has worked in a wide variety of hospital and community settings in the UK. She is a former Senior Midwifery Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and a former Supervisor of Midwives. She has over fifteen years’ international programme management experience in development, conflict, post conflict and complex emergencies in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Chechnya, Somalia, Burundi, DRC and Lesotho. Terry has worked at the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health since 2012 and was the Country Lead for the Making it Happen programme in Bangladesh and Pakistan. She has recently completed a consultancy with the GFA/GIZ Muskoka Porject in Cambodia where she set up five EmONC skills laboratories in Kampot, Kampong Thorn, Kampong Speu and Kep and provided training and mentorship for the trainers and managers. Currently Terry is involved in a project conducting an evaluation of South Asia's current Community Health Worker (CHW) policies and support systems post-Astana as awell as a project based in Kenya to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths. She also led the first multi-disciplinary skills drills Emergency Obstetric Care Training in Sri Lanka and is the in-house lead for the LSTM Life Saving Skills and Essential Obstetric Care. In 2015, Terry was the recipient of the Wellbeing of Women/RCM International Fellowship Award. Terry is a member of the Research Ethics Committee, Quality Management Committee and a STEM Ambassador at LSTM.
Teesta Dey (University of Liverpool) is a PhD Student at the University of Liverpool. Teesta joined the Sanyu team as an enthusiastic trainee obstetrician with a keen interest in global maternal health. Her research focus is the development of innovative patient-centred tools to optimise the provision of immediate post-natal care in low resource settings. She is undertaking a PhD, setting up two research studies in one of the biggest and busiest public women’s hospitals in Kampala, Uganda.
Helen Nabwera (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) is a Senior Clinical Research Associate - Neonatology at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Helen is also an honorary consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. She has clinical and research experience from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. Prior to taking up her position here at LSTM, Helen worked as a locum general paediatrician at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. She was awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development Fellowship (for a PhD) from 2012-2015. She spent most of that time at MRC Unit, The Gambia’s rural field station in Keneba, managing a rural primary health care facility and undertaking nutrition research using both quantitative and qualitative methods. She has a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2018). She also has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from LSTM (Distinction-2005). Helen undertook her undergraduate medical training at the University of Nottingham followed by postgraduate training in Paediatrics in the East and West Midlands deaneries in the UK.
Dot Lambert (University of Liverpool) is BabyGel Programme Manager at the University of Liverpool. Dot joined the Sanyu team in 2014, bringing to the unit extensive experience of research governance and management at local, national and international levels across various disease areas. Her main interests are in complex clinical trials delivered to the highest of governance standards. An alumnus of the University of Liverpool in Social and Environmental Sciences, Dot is keen to build and work with neonatal and maternal health research teams in low-resource settings and is a member of the Board of Directors at SAfRI.
Charles Ameh (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Deputy Head International Public Health Department at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Charles has a medical degree from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Nigeria, completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS). He also has a Master in Public Health from the University of Liverpool, Diploma in Reproductive Health for Developing Countries (DRH) and PhD from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He is also a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. Prior, to joining LSTM, Charles was a lecturer and specialist obstetrician at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Nigeria.
Helen Allott (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) is a Senior Technical Officer at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Helen qualified as a doctor in 1980. She worked in the NHS for 36 years, including 22 years as a consultant obstetrician. As director of the Foundation Training Programme at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, UK from 2004-2014, Helen was responsible for the education and welfare of 80 junior doctors. She is the founding chairperson of Kisiizi Partners (Registered charity 1079118) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has a particular interest in projects which address the problem of maternal mortality in developing countries and prior to joining the staff at LSTM she travelled to a number of African and Asian countries as a faculty member and course director on the Obstetric Life Saving Skills Course run by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology International Office and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Helen joined the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health as Senior Technical Officer in December 2016. Her responsibilities include writing materials for training courses in Emergency obstetric and neonatal care, assisting with development of research proposals, implementing training in various countries and programmes and conducting quality assurance (QA) to develop and utilise materials including training manuals for participants and facilitators, lectures, assessment and QA tools. She has co-authored the manuals for the new Comprehensive obstetric surgical skills course currently under roll-out. Helen is also course director for the Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health, the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Masters in International Public Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Tina Lavender (University of Manchester) is Professor of Midwifery and Director of the Centre for Global Women’s Health at the University of Manchester. She also holds an honorary contract at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester and a Visiting Professorship at the University of Nairobi. She leads a programme of research, Midwifery and Women's Health; her main research focus being the management of prolonged labour and partogram use. Dame Tina has published extensively in this field. She is Co-editor in Chief of the British Journal of Midwifery, Associate Editor of the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, Editor of the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration and on the editorial team of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dame Tina is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives and European Academy of Nurse Science. Dame Tina also acts as a regular Advisor to the World Health Organization, particularly in relation to guideline development.
Mira Ebringer (University of Liverpool) is MOLI study administrator at the University of Liverpool. Mira joined the Sanyu team in February 2019. She provides administrative support to the MOLI research team.