Veronique Filippi DDG DISP PhD

Head of IDE and Professor in Maternal Health and Epidemiology


I studied political sciences, demography and epidemiology and I work with multidisciplinary teams. My research interests include: developing methods for measuring reproductive and maternal morbidity in low income countries; documenting the long term health, social and economic consequences of obstetric complications; understanding how women manage their productive and reproductive needs after childbirth; learning from near-miss complications; improving quality of obstetric care through audit and maternal death reviews; improving respectful care and birth and postnatal preparedness. I conduct most of my research in African countries where I am  also involved in large evaluation projects of interventions designed to reduce maternal mortality and improve infant health (EVA-PMDUP, FEMHEALTH, Alive and Thrive).  I am a member of the STEPUP Research Programme Consortium on "Meeting reproductive health needs for the Millenium". I provide technical support on maternal and near-miss case reviews. 




I organise a MSc module entitled "Current Issues in Safe motherhood and Perinatal Health in Low Income Countries, together with Dr Hannah Blencowe, and supervise several PhD students in maternal health and family planning research.


My current research activities include:  cost effectiveness evaluation of interventions to reduce maternal deaths from unwanted pregnancies (funded by DFID); an interdisciplinary study of productivity, family planning and reproductive health in Burkina Faso (funded by ESRC/ PopDev); the effects of obstetric complications on health functioning and disabilities (funded by WHO); the evaluation of the Alive and Thrive community based activities in Boucle de Mouhoun in Burkina Faso. Useful information can be found on these projects and the research of other members of the Maternal Health Group in the Departement of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology on:

Please also visit the MARCH website for information on all maternal, adolescent, reproductive and child health activities in all faculties at LSHTM: .



Research areas

  • Complex interventions
  • Evaluation
  • Health outcomes
  • Health services research
  • Health status measurement
  • Impact evaluation
  • Maternal health
  • Mixed methods
  • Perinatal health
  • Quality improvement
  • Reproductive health
  • Systematic reviews


  • Demography
  • Epidemiology


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Zambia

Other interests

  • Abortion
  • Breastfeeding
  • Burden Of Disease
  • Capabilities
  • Cohort Studies
  • Contraception
  • Developing countries
  • Effectiveness Evaluations
  • Family Planning
  • Health Surveys
  • Health-related Quality Of Life
  • Longitudinal Data
  • Maternal And Child Health
  • Medical Abortion
  • Systematic review
  • maternal
  • maternal health
  • morbidity
  • pregnancy
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