Professor Veronique Filippi
DDG DISP PhD
in Maternal Health and Epidemiology
I conduct interdisciplinary research to help improve women's health in low- and middle-income settings. My main area of expertise is in the measurement of maternal morbidity and the impact of obstetric complications on women’s health and lives. My initial research focused on the concept of near-miss complications, how their burden can be best measured and how quality of care can be improved by conducting near-miss audits. I have conducted most of my research in African countries with involvement in several cohort studies and evaluations of complex interventions designed to reduce maternal mortality and/or improve infant health (EVA-PMDUP, FEMHEALTH, Alive and Thrive).
I have degrees in political sciences, demography and epidemiology.
At present, I am the Academic Lead for the development of a new online MSc on Sexual and Reproductive Health targetting professionals working in low and middle income settings (launch date: September 2022). Our African lead partner for this new MSc is the University of Ghana.
I supervise PhD students in maternal health and epidemiology. My current research students work on the following topics: fertility consequences of near-miss complications, the case fatality of obstetric complications as a measure of hospital performance, a survey of near-miss abortion complications in humanitarian settings, the relationships between women's work and wellbeing and the impact of parental leave on maternal mental health.
I am currently researching:
- The impact of climate change on maternal and newborn health in African countries (member of CHAMNHA project) and how adverse effects can be avoided by testing climate change adaptation strategies
- The quality of caesarean section and peripartum hysterectomy in low and middle income countries, with my specific focus being on informed consent, counselling and debriefing (MOMENTUM project)
- The identification of health systems indicators for the monitoring and evaluation of reproductive health programmes focusing on safe abortion (with WHO) (LSHTM lead)
- I am a member of the PRECISE/DYAD network, which is conducting a large multi-country pregnancy cohort of placental disorder
I am looking for new funding on climate change adaptation interventions maternal and newborn health.