Dr Hannah Blencowe


Assistant Professor


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

020 7927 2561

I joined LSHTM  in 2010 after completing an Msc in Public Health for Developing Countries. My background is in medicine and I have worked as a clinician in paediatrics, general practice and obstetrics and gynaecology.

My main interests are in maternal, perinatal and child health, and in newborn health and stillbirth in particular.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I co-organise the current issues in safe motherhood and perinatal health module and am a tutor on the applying public health principles in developing countries module.

I am also a tutor for the Public Health in Developing Countries Msc.


My research work is focussed around improving the measurement and global estimation of perinatal conditions (including preterm birth, low birthweight, small-for-gestational-age, stillbirths, congenital abnormalities and neonatal morbidity and associated long term consequences) as part of the Every Newborn Action plan to end preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths. In addition to the advancement of the global perinatal epidemiology knowledge base, I am interested how this knowledge can be integrated in policy and practice to ensure that every baby counts. 

I have provided a technical contribution to the recent Lancet series on 'Stillbirths' (2011) and 'Every Newborn' (2014). I was part of the steering committee for the 2016 Lancet Ending preventable stillbirths series.

Research Area
Child health
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Primary care
Public health
Global Health
Neonatal health
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Stillbirths: rates, risk factors, and acceleration towards 2030.
Lawn, J.E.; Blencowe, H.; Waiswa, P.; Amouzou, A.; Mathers, C.; Hogan, D.; Flenady, V.; Frøen, J.F.; Qureshi, Z.U.; Calderwood, C.; Shiekh, S.; Jassir, F.B.; You, D.; McClure, E.M.; Mathai, M.; Cousens, S.; Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirths Series study group, .; Lancet Stillbirth Epidemiology investigator group, .; COLLABORATORS;Flenady, V. ; Frøen, J.F. ; Kinney, M.V. ; de Bernis, L. ; Lawn, J.E. ; Blencowe, H. ; Heazell, A. ; Leisher, S.H. ; Azad, K. ; Rahman, A. ; El-Arifeen, S. ; Day, L.T. ; Saha, S.L. ; Alam, S. ; Wangdi, S. ; Ilboudo, T.F. ; Zhu, J. ; Liang, J. ; Mu, Y. ; Li, X. ; Zhong, N. ; Kyprianou, T. ; Allvee, K. ; Gissler, M. ; Zeitlin, J. ; Bah, A. ; Jawara, L. ; Waiswa, P. ; Lack, N. ; de Maria Herandez, F. ; Shah, N. ; Nair, N. ; Tripathy, P. ; Kumar, R. ; Newtonraj, A. ; Kaur, M. ; Gupta, M. ; Varghese, B. ; Isakova, J. ; Phiri, M.T. ; Hall, J.A. ; Curteanu, A. ; Manandhar, D. ; Hukkelhoven, C. ; Dijs-Elsinga, J. ; Klungsøyr, K. ; Poppe, O. ; Barros, H. ; Correia, S. ; Tsiklauri, S. ; Cap, J. ; Podmanicka, Z. ; Szamotulska, K. ; Pattison, R. ; Hassan, A.A. ; Musafili, A. ; Kujala, S. ; Bergstrom, A. ; Langhoff-Roos, J. ; Lundqvist, E. ; Kadobera, D. ; Costello, A. ; Colbourn, T. ; Fottrell, E. ; Prost, A. ; Osrin, D. ; King, C. ; Neuman, M. ; Hirst, J. ; Rubayet, S. ; Flenady, V. ; Smith, L. ; Manktelow, B.N. ; Draper, E.S. ;
National, regional, and worldwide estimates of stillbirth rates in 2015, with trends from 2000: a systematic analysis.
Blencowe, H.; Cousens, S.; Jassir, F.B.; Say, L.; Chou, D.; Mathers, C.; Hogan, D.; Shiekh, S.; Qureshi, Z.U.; You, D.; Lawn, J.E.; Lancet Stillbirth Epidemiology Investigator Group, .; COLLABORATORS;Zhu, J. ; Liang, J. ; Mu, Y. ; Li, X. ; Costello, A. ; Colbourn, T. ; Fottrell, E. ; Prost, A. ; Osrin, D. ; King, C. ; Neuman, M. ; Shah More, N. ; Azad, K. ; Manandhar, D. ; Nair, N. ; Tripathy, P. ; Kumar, R. ; Newtonraj, A. ; Kaur, M. ; Gupta, M. ; Dhaliwal, L.K. ; Aggarwal, N. ; Venkateshashan, . ; Chawla, D. ; Hurja, A. ; Shivkumar, P. ; Jain, M. ; Gathwala, G. ; Nanda, S. ; Gupta, S. ; Singal, S. ; Kumar, R. ; Sharma, S. ; Mohi, M. ; Minhas, S. ; Prasad, R. ; Verma, S. ; Raina, N. ; Musafi li, A. ; Varghese, B. ; Pattison, R. ; Hirst, J. ; Waiswa, P. ; Kadobera, D. ; Kujala, S. ; Bergstrom, A. ; Phiri, T. ; Hall, J.A. ; Day, L.T. ; Saha, S.L. ; Alam, S.u. ; Rahman, A. ; El-Arifeen, S. ; Rubayet, S. ; Hassan, A.A. ; Smith, L. ; Manktelow, B.N. ; Draper, E.S. ; Zhong, N. ; Langhoff -Roos, J. ; Flenady, V. ; Allvee, K. ; Gissler, M. ; Lack, N. ; Wangdi, S. ; Cap, J. ; Podmanicka, Z. ; Szamotulska, K. ; Hukkelhoven, C. ; Dijs-Elsinga, J. ; Kyprianou, T. ; Klungsøyr, K. ; de Maria Herandez, F. ; Curteanu, A. ; Barros, H. ; a Correia, S. ; Tsiklauri, S. ; Lundqvist, E. ; Ilboudo, T.F. ; Bah, A. ; Jawara, L. ; Zeitlin, J. ; Isakova, J. ; Poppe, O. ;
Lancet Glob Health
Inpatient care of small and sick newborns: a multi-country analysis of health system bottlenecks and potential solutions.
Moxon, S.G. ; Lawn, J.E. ; Dickson, K.E. ; Simen-Kapeu, A. ; Gupta, G. ; Deorari, A. ; Singhal, N. ; New, K. ; Kenner, C. ; Bhutani, V. ; Kumar, R. ; Molyneux, E. ; Blencowe, H. ;
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth
Every Newborn: progress, priorities, and potential beyond survival
Lawn, J.E.; Blencowe, H.; Oza, S.; You, D.; Lee, A.C.C.; Waiswa, P.; Lalli, M.; Bhutta, Z.; Barros, A.J.D.; Christian, P.; Mathers, C.; Cousens, S.N.
Preterm birth-associated neurodevelopmental impairment estimates at regional and global levels for 2010.
Blencowe, H. ; Lee, A.C. ; Cousens, S. ; Bahalim, A. ; Narwal, R. ; Zhong, N. ; Chou, D. ; Say, L. ; Modi, N. ; Katz, J. ; Vos, T. ; Marlow, N. ; Lawn, J.E. ;
Pediatr Res
Preterm-associated visual impairment and estimates of retinopathy of prematurity at regional and global levels for 2010.
Blencowe, H. ; Lawn, J.E. ; Vazquez, T. ; Fielder, A. ; Gilbert, C. ;
Pediatr Res
National, regional, and worldwide estimates of preterm birth rates in the year 2010 with time trends since 1990 for selected countries: a systematic analysis and implications.
Blencowe, H. ; Cousens, S. ; Oestergaard, M.Z. ; Chou, D. ; Moller, A.B. ; Narwal, R. ; Adler, A. ; Vera Garcia, C. ; Rohde, S. ; Say, L. ; Lawn, J.E. ;
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