Global Women's Health

Global Women's Health

 

Key Projects:

  • Lugina Africa Midwives Research Network (LAMRN)
    • We are in the process of developing a thriving, collaborative, sustainable, midwifery research network (across 6 African countries) with the capacity and skills to strengthen evidence-based practice, thus improving care for women and babies. Key objectives are:1) to identify research priorities (based on Millennium Development Goals - MSGs), through a Delphi approach; 2) to use the priorities to conduct research activities, with 'alongside' training; 3) to provide research leadership training and develop mentoring plans for career progression; 4) to provide UK researchers with experience of researching in low-resourced settings.
  • Prolonged Labour
    • Research includes a Cochrane review of partograph use; a feasible study, in Kenya, to assess the ompact of a partograph e-learning tool in the detection and management of prolonged labour; a cross cultural survey of midwives' views of the partograph; a qualiative study to identify the barriers to partograph implementation; and a realist review of tools to monitor labour progress. The team also conduct research that improves support for women living with morbidities associated with obstructed labour, i.e. fistula, and are supervising a PhD in this area, in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Postnatal Care
    • We were recently commissioned by WHO to conduct a systematic review of postnatal interventions to prevent morbidity and mortality in the postnatal period. This review informed the WHO Postnatal guidelines. Furthermore, it led to the development of a proposal to work with Kenyan midwives to develop a postnatal early warning tool to support the identification of risk factors. The tool is to be used by women and healthcare providers.