Close

Professor Veronique Filippi

DDG DISP PhD

Professor
in Maternal Health and Epidemiology

Room
Room G11a

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7927 2874

My degrees are in political sciences, demography and epidemiology and I am passionate about working within interdisciplinary teams to help improve women's health in low and middle income settings. My research interests include: developing methods for measuring reproductive and maternal morbidity in low income countries; documenting the long term health, social and economic consequences of obstetric complications; understanding how women manage their productive and reproductive needs after childbirth; learning from near-miss complications; improving quality of obstetric care through audit and maternal death reviews; improving respectful care and birth and postnatal preparedness. I conduct most of my research in African countries with involvement in research projects and large evaluation projects of interventions designed to reduce maternal mortality and improve infant health (EVA-PMDUP, FEMHEALTH, Alive and Thrive).  I am a member of the STEPUP Research Programme Consortium on "Meeting reproductive health needs for the Millenium"  (http://www.popcouncil.org/projects/325_STEPUP.asp) and the PRECISE network (http://precisenetwork.org). I provide technical support on maternal and near-miss case reviews. 

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

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

Teaching

I organise a MSc module entitled "Current Issues in Maternal and Perinatal Health in Low Income Countries", together with Dr Hannah Blencowe and Loveday Penn-Kekana, and supervise PhD students in maternal health and epidemiology.

Research

My main current research activities include:  cost effectiveness evaluation of interventions to reduce maternal deaths from unwanted pregnancies (funded by DFID) (writing up results); an interdisciplinary study of productivity, family planning and reproductive health in Burkina Faso (funded by ESRC/ PopDev) (writing up results); the effects of obstetric complications on health functioning and disabilities (as a member of the WHO Maternal Morbidity Working Group); the evaluation of the Alive and Thrive community based activities in Boucle de Mouhoun in Burkina Faso (dissemination stage); a scoping review of monitoring and evaluation indicators for unsafe abortion. Useful information can be found on these projects and the research of other members of the Maternal Health Group in the Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology on: http://mnhgroup.lshtm.ac.uk. I am looking for new collaboration and I am developing proposals on gestational diabetes, maternal morbidity and health related functioning, and the interactions between women's work and maternal health.

Please also visit the MARCH website for information on all maternal, adolescent, reproductive and child health activities in all faculties at LSHTM: http://march.lshtm.ac.uk/.

 

 

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health outcomes
Health services research
Health status measurement
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Quality improvement
Systematic reviews
Evaluation
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Reproductive health
Discipline
Demography
Epidemiology
Country
Benin
Burkina Faso
Zambia
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

The effect of the Alive & Thrive initiative on exclusive breastfeeding in rural Burkina Faso: a repeated cross-sectional cluster randomised controlled trial
Cresswell J; Ganaba R; Sarrassat S; Some H; Diallo AH; Cousens S; Filippi V
2019
The Lancet Global Health
Does supportive legislation guarantee access to pregnancy termination and postabortion care services? Findings from a facility census in Central Province, Zambia.
Cresswell JA; Owolabi OO; Chelwa N; Dennis ML; Gabrysch S; Vwalika B; Mbizvo M; Filippi V; Campbell OMR
2018
BMJ global health
A new conceptual framework for maternal morbidity
Filippi V; Chou D; Barreix M; Say L
2018
International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
'Rowing against the current': the policy process and effects of removing user fees for caesarean sections in Benin.
Dossou JP; Cresswell JA; Makoutodé P; De Brouwere V; Witter S; Filippi V; Kanhonou LG; Goufodji SB; Lange IL; Lawin L
2018
BMJ global health
Involving male partners in maternity care in Burkina Faso: a randomized controlled trial.
Daniele MA; Ganaba R; Sarrassat S; Cousens S; Rossier C; Drabo S; Ouedraogo D; Filippi V
2018
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Quality of routine essential care during childbirth: clinical observations of uncomplicated births in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Sharma G; Powell-Jackson T; Haldar K; Bradley J; Filippi V
2017
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Maternal obesity and caesarean delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Cresswell JA; Campbell OM; De Silva MJ; Slaymaker E; Filippi V
2016
Tropical medicine & international health
Cost and impact of policies to remove and reduce fees for obstetric care in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Morocco.
Witter S; Boukhalfa C; Cresswell JA; Daou Z; Filippi V; Ganaba R; Goufodji S; Lange IL; Marchal B; Richard F
2016
International journal for equity in health
The costs of 'free': Experiences of facility-based childbirth after Benin's caesarean section exemption policy.
Lange IL; Kanhonou L; Goufodji S; Ronsmans C; Filippi V
2016
Social science & medicine (1982)
Diversity and divergence: the dynamic burden of poor maternal health.
Graham W; Woodd S; Byass P; Filippi V; Gon G; Virgo S; Chou D; Hounton S; Lozano R; Pattinson R
2016
Lancet
Estimating the prevalence of obstetric fistula: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Adler AJ; Ronsmans C; Calvert C; Filippi V
2013
BMC pregnancy and childbirth
The effectiveness of birth plans in increasing use of skilled care at delivery and postnatal care in rural Tanzania: a cluster randomised trial.
Magoma M; Requejo J; Campbell O; Cousens S; Merialdi M; Filippi V
2013
Tropical medicine & international health
The Role of Care-seeking Delays in Intrauterine Fetal Deaths among 'Near-miss' Women in Herat, Afghanistan.
Hirose A; Borchert M; Niksear H; Alkozai AS; Gardiner J; Filippi V
2012
Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology
Identifying regional variation in the prevalence of postpartum haemorrhage: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Calvert C; Thomas SL; Ronsmans C; Wagner KS; Adler AJ; Filippi V
2012
PloS one
Difficulties leaving home: a cross-sectional study of delays in seeking emergency obstetric care in Herat, Afghanistan.
Hirose A; Borchert M; Niksear H; Alkozai AS; Cox J; Gardiner J; Osmani KR; Filippi V
2011
Social science & medicine (1982)
Effects of severe obstetric complications on women's health and infant mortality in Benin.
Filippi V; Goufodji S; Sismanidis C; Kanhonou L; Fottrell E; Ronsmans C; Alihonou E; Patel V
2010
Tropical medicine & international health
Paying the price: The cost and consequences of emergency obstetric care in Burkina Faso.
Storeng KT; Baggaley RF; Ganaba R; Ouattara F; Akoum MS; Filippi V
2007
Social science & medicine (1982)
Health of women after severe obstetric complications in Burkina Faso: a longitudinal study.
Filippi V; Ganaba R; Baggaley RF; Marshall T; Storeng KT; Sombié I; Ouattara F; Ouedraogo T; Akoum M; Meda N
2007
Lancet
Maternal health in poor countries: the broader context and a call for action.
Filippi V; Ronsmans C; Campbell OM; Graham WJ; Mills A; Borghi J; Koblinsky M; Osrin D
2006
Lancet
How to do (or not to do) ... Obstetric audit in resource-poor settings: lessons from a multi-country project auditing 'near miss' obstetrical emergencies
Filippi V; Brugha R; Browne E; Gohou V; Bacci A; de Brouwere V; Sahel A; Goufodji S; Alihonou E; Ronsmans C
2004
Health policy and planning
What is quality in maternity care? An international perspective
Pittrof R; Campbell OM; Filippi VG
2002
Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica
Women's reports of severe (near-miss) obstetric complications in Benin.
Filippi V; Ronsmans C; Gandaho T; Graham W; Alihonou E; Santos P
2000
Studies in family planning
See more Publications