Professor Oona Campbell


of Epidemiology and Reproductive Health

Room G9a

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2210

+44(0)20 7637 4314

I am a reproductive epidemiologist with degrees in demography, epidemiology and biology. I led the maternal health and newborn health group until the end of 2020. My areas of expertise include measurement of maternal morbidity and mortality, perinatal mortality and evaluation of different modes of delivering maternal health and family planning services.

I have worked in the Middle East (Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey), in sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Zambia, Tanzania & Uganda) and in India, Nepal, Indonesia and Brazil. I have collaborated with a number of Ministries of Health, agencies and foundations (including DFID, WHO, World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, MotherCare, the Ford Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation).

I co-founded the MARCH Centre for Maternal, Adolescent Reproductive and Child Health at the LSHTM and led an academic department with over 150 staff members.

I am currently working on projects in India, Nepal, Lebanon, Liberia, Senegal and Morocco.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I teach on Extended Epidemiology, Foundations in Reproductive Health Research, Family Planning Programmes, and Current Issues in Maternal and Perinatal Health and have supervised numerous masters and doctoral students. I organize the Basic Epidemiology Module. I am on the Exam Board for the Distance Learning MSc in Epidemiology.                             


As part of my research, I have run, or been a member of, three DFID-funded Research Programme Consortium and led work with MotherCare and the MM+ component of IMMPACT which focused on methods for measuring maternal mortality.

I have experience of measuring maternal mortality at national (ran three national studies in Egypt and Turkey, and contributed to one in Syria) and subnational level (was co-PI on the Ghana ObaapaVitA trial, a large-scale RCT of 120,000 women testing whether Vitamin A supplementation reduces maternal mortality). I let the 2016 Lancet Maternal Health Series.

I enjoy working with existing data, and I have worked extensively in developing innovative indicators of service provision and capability, and am interested in physical accessibility to childbirth. Ongoing research includes a trial of using electronic decision support tools to help provide better antenatal care in India and Nepal; a study looking at countries that have made better than average progress in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality (Exemplars in maternal and neonatal health); a study of signal functions for maternal and newborn health; MOMENTUM for Safe Surgery and Family Planning; and a study working with Liberian colleagues as part of Countdown to 2030 to support the national planning for RMNCAH.


Research Area
Health impact analysis
Health status measurement
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Sexual health
GIS/Spatial analysis
Arab World
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

A new approach to assess the capability of health facilities to provide clinical care for sexual violence against women: a pilot study.
Dennis ML; Owolabi OO; Cresswell JA; Chelwa N; Colombini M; Vwalika B; Mbizvo MT; Campbell OMR
Health Policy and Planning
Does facility birth reduce maternal and perinatal mortality in Brong Ahafo, Ghana? A secondary analysis using data on 119 244 pregnancies from two cluster-randomised controlled trials.
Gabrysch S; Nesbitt RC; Schoeps A; Hurt L; Soremekun S; Edmond K; Manu A; Lohela TJ; Danso S; Tomlin K
The Lancet Global Health
Methods to generate and validate a Pregnancy Register in the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink primary care database.
Minassian C; Williams R; Meeraus WH; Smeeth L; Campbell OMR; Thomas SL
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Dengue during pregnancy and live birth outcomes: a cohort of linked data from Brazil.
Paixão ES; Campbell OM; Teixeira MG; Costa MC; Harron K; Barreto ML; Leal MB; Almeida MF; Rodrigues LC
BMJ open
Validating linkage of multiple population-based administrative databases in Brazil.
Paixão ES; Campbell OMR; Rodrigues LC; Teixeira MG; Costa MDCN; Brickley EB; Harron K
PloS one
Incidence of maternal peripartum infection: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Woodd SL; Montoya A; Barreix M; Pi L; Calvert C; Rehman AM; Chou D; Campbell OMR
PLOS Medicine
Comparison of spatial interpolation methods to create high-resolution poverty maps for low- and middle-income countries.
Wong KLM; Brady OJ; Campbell OMR; Benova L
Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society
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