Dr Hannah Blencowe


Associate 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


Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I am passionate about teaching, mentoring and supporting the development of early-career researchers including the supervision of both PhD and MSc students.

I am programme co-director for MSc Public Health for Development. I co-organise the current issues in Safe Motherhood and Perinatal Health module and am a tutor on the Research Design and Analysis and Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries modules.



My research work is focused 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. I was a leading author on Lancet papers regarding national and global rates of preterm birth (2012) and stillbirths (2011 and 2016). I played a central role in the Lancet Every Newborn series, Every Newborn Action Plan (2014) and Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirths series (2016). I have also coordinated novel estimates on congenital conditions and disability after neonatal complications. 

More recently, I co-ordinated the EN-INDEPTH study aiming to inform in improvements in measurement of pregnancy outcomes including stillbirth and neonatal deaths in household surveys. My current work is focused on closing the gap in epidemiological  understanding of the impact of gestational age and birthweight on perinatal and child survival through the Vulnerable Newborn Measurement Collaboration.

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 and am excited about improving the use of data in policy and programmes to improve the health of mothers and babies worldwide.



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

Birthweight data completeness and quality in population-based surveys: EN-INDEPTH study.
Biks GA; Blencowe H; Hardy VP; Geremew BM; Angaw DA; Wagnew A; Abebe SM; Guadu T; Martins JSD; Fisker AB
Population health metrics
Stillbirth outcome capture and classification in population-based surveys: EN-INDEPTH study.
Blencowe H; Bottecchia M; Kwesiga D; Akuze J; Haider MM; Galiwango E; Dzabeng F; Fisker AB; Enuameh YAK; Geremew BM
Population health metrics
Randomised comparison of two household survey modules for measuring stillbirths and neonatal deaths in five countries: the Every Newborn-INDEPTH study.
Akuze J; Blencowe H; Waiswa P; Baschieri A; Gordeev VS; Kwesiga D; Fisker AB; Thysen SM; Rodrigues A; Biks GA
The Lancet Global Health
Stillbirths including intrapartum timing: EN-BIRTH multi-country validation study.
Peven K; Day LT; Ruysen H; Tahsina T; Kc A; Shabani J; Kong S; Ameen S; Basnet O; Haider R
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
The RESPECT Study for consensus on global bereavement care after stillbirth.
Shakespeare C; Merriel A; Bakhbakhi D; Blencowe H; Boyle FM; Flenady V; Gold K; Horey D; Lynch M; Mills TA
International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
\"Every Newborn-INDEPTH\" (EN-INDEPTH) study protocol for a randomised comparison of household survey modules for measuring stillbirths and neonatal deaths in five Health and Demographic Surveillance sites.
Baschieri A; Gordeev VS; Akuze J; Kwesiga D; Blencowe H; Cousens S; Waiswa P; Fisker AB; Thysen SM; Rodrigues A
Journal of global health
National, regional, and worldwide estimates of low birthweight in 2015, with trends from 2000: a systematic analysis.
Blencowe H; Krasevec J; de Onis M; Black RE; An X; Stevens GA; Borghi E; Hayashi C; Estevez D; Cegolon L
The Lancet. Global health
Estimates of global and regional prevalence of neural tube defects for 2015: a systematic analysis.
Blencowe H; Kancherla V; Moorthie S; Darlison MW; Modell B
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Methods to estimate access to care and the effect of interventions on the outcomes of congenital disorders.
Blencowe H; Moorthie S; Darlison MW; Gibbons S; Modell B; Congenital Disorders Expert Group
Journal of community genetics
Estimating the birth prevalence and pregnancy outcomes of congenital malformations worldwide.
Moorthie S; Blencowe H; Darlison MW; Lawn J; Morris JK; Modell B; Congenital Disorders Expert Group; Bittles AH; Blencowe H; Christianson A
Journal of community genetics
Parents' and healthcare professionals' experiences of care after stillbirth in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-summary.
Shakespeare C; Merriel A; Bakhbakhi D; Baneszova R; Barnard K; Lynch M; Storey C; Blencowe H; Boyle F; Flenady V
Modelling stillbirth mortality reduction with the Lives Saved Tool.
Blencowe H; Chou VB; Lawn JE; Bhutta ZA
BMC public health
Stillbirth With Group B Streptococcus Disease Worldwide: Systematic Review and Meta-analyses.
Seale AC; Blencowe H; Bianchi-Jassir F; Embleton N; Bassat Q; Ordi J; Menéndez C; Cutland C; Briner C; Berkley JA
Clinical infectious diseases
National, regional, and worldwide estimates of stillbirth rates in 2015, with trends from 2000: a systematic analysis.
Blencowe H; Cousens S; Jassir FB; Say L; Chou D; Mathers C; Hogan D; Shiekh S; Qureshi ZU; You D
The Lancet Global health
Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences.
Heazell AEP; Siassakos D; Blencowe H; Burden C; Bhutta ZA; Cacciatore J; Dang N; Das J; Flenady V; Gold KJ
Stillbirths: rates, risk factors, and acceleration towards 2030.
Lawn JE; Blencowe H; Waiswa P; Amouzou A; Mathers C; Hogan D; Flenady V; Frøen JF; Qureshi ZU; Calderwood C
Inpatient care of small and sick newborns: a multi-country analysis of health system bottlenecks and potential solutions.
Moxon SG; Lawn JE; Dickson KE; Simen-Kapeu A; Gupta G; Deorari A; Singhal N; New K; Kenner C; Bhutani V
BMC pregnancy and childbirth
Every Newborn: progress, priorities, and potential beyond survival.
Lawn JE; Blencowe H; Oza S; You D; Lee ACC; Waiswa P; Lalli M; Bhutta Z; Barros AJD; Christian P
Estimates of possible severe bacterial infection in neonates in sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and Latin America for 2012: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Seale AC; Blencowe H; Manu AA; Nair H; Bahl R; Qazi SA; Zaidi AK; Berkley JA; Cousens SN; Lawn JE
The Lancet infectious diseases
Preterm birth-associated neurodevelopmental impairment estimates at regional and global levels for 2010.
Blencowe H; Lee ACC; Cousens S; Bahalim A; Narwal R; Zhong N; Chou D; Say L; Modi N; Katz J
Pediatric research
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 MZ; Chou D; Moller A-B; Narwal R; Adler A; Vera Garcia C; Rohde S; Say L
Stillbirths: Where? When? Why? How to make the data count?
Lawn JE; Blencowe H; Pattinson R; Cousens S; Kumar R; Ibiebele I; Gardosi J; Day LT; Stanton C; Lancet's Stillbirths Series steering committee
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