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Prof Oona Campbell

Professor of Epid & Reproductive Health

United Kingdom

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. I currently co-lead an academic department with over 200 members (140 staff and 65 doctoral students).

I am currently working on projects in Nepal, Lebanon, the DRC and Liberia and on Palestinian refugees.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and International Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health
TB Centre

Teaching

I teach on Extended Epidemiology, Basic 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 co-organize the Basic Epidemiology Module. I am on the Exam Board for the MSc in Epidemiology.

Research

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 writing on inplementation research of electronic decision support tools to help provide better antenatal care in 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
Maternal health
Reproductive health
Social and structural determinants of health
Demography
Epidemiology
Country
India
Lebanon
Nepal
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Liberia
Region
Arab World
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Least developed countries: UN classification
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

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, OM R;
2019
PLOS Medicine
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; KIRKWOOD, B; CAMPBELL, OM R;
2019
The Lancet Global Health
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;
2019
BMJ open
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, OM R; Thomas, SL;
2019
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Validating linkage of multiple population-based administrative databases in Brazil.
PAIXÃO, ES; CAMPBELL, OM R; RODRIGUES, LC; Teixeira, MG; Costa, MD C N; BRICKLEY, EB; Harron, K;
2019
PloS one
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, OM R;
2019
Health Policy and Planning
Comparison of spatial interpolation methods to create high-resolution poverty maps for low- and middle-income countries.
WONG, KL M; BRADY, OJ; CAMPBELL, OM R; BENOVA, L;
2018
Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society
A realist approach to implementation fidelity in a mixed-method evaluation of electronic decision support systems to improve the quality of antenatal care in Nepal
RADOVICH, E; Karki, S; Das, S; Shakya, R; MCCARTHY, O; Shrestha, A; Calvert, C; CAMPBELL, O; PENN-KEKANA, L;
2024
medRxiv
Learning from success: the main drivers of the maternal and newborn health transition in seven positive-outlier countries and implications for future policies and programmes
CAMPBELL, OM R; Amouzou, A; Blumenberg, C; Boerma, T; Bhushan, H; Ram, U; Kumar, P; Agarwal, R; Washington, R; Ramesh, BM; Raja, M; Dhupar, D; Kothari, A; Alagarajan, M; Gupta, SS; Algur, K; Isac, S; Sripada, L; Narayanan, T; Tadele, A; Mulunesh, S; Hossain, AT; Rahman, AE; El Arifeen, S; Sharma, S; ... Thomas, JT.
2024
BMJ Global Health
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