BA MSc PhD
Jenny is an epidemiologist with a background in demography based in the MARCH Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health and the Maternal and Newborn Health Group. Her research interests include unsafe abortion, family planning, the measurement of maternal morbidities, and quality of care. Much of her work revolves around the evaluation of reproductive health programmes and complex interventions.
Jenny co-organises the module 'Foundations in Reproductive Health', which is a core compulsory course for students studying for the MSc in Reproductive & Sexual Health Research. She also teaches on various epidemiology and statistics modules within the School.
Jenny is currently working on three main projects:
- An impact evaluation of a large-scale programme aiming to reduce maternal deaths from unwanted pregnancy through increased use of family planning and reduced recourse to unsafe abortion. The main evaluation activities are taking place in Zambia, in addition to a desk-based evaluation across 14 countries in Africa and Asia where the interventions are taking place.
- A cluster-randomised trial evaluating the Alive & Thrive programme in Burkina Faso to determine if the intervention is successful in increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates among infants less than six months, in addition to improving other infant feeding practices.
- An evaluation of the Informed Push Model, a supply chain intervention aiming to reduce stock-outs of family planning commodities in Senegal as part of the Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET).
Other ongoing and previous work includes: the PopDev cohort investigating women's work, health and family planning during late pregnancy and the postpartum period in Burkina Faso; the FEMHealth evaluation of user fee exemption policies for maternity care in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Morocco; and systematic reviews on the global burden of maternal morbidity.