Professor Veronique Filippi


in Maternal Health and Epidemiology

Room G11a

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2874

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.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


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


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.


Research Area
Climate change
Complex interventions
Health outcomes
Health services research
Health status measurement
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Quality improvement
Systematic reviews
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Reproductive health
Burkina Faso
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 JA; Ganaba R; Sarrassat S; Somé H; Diallo AH; Cousens S; Filippi V
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
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
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
'Rowing against the current': the policy process and effects of removing user fees for caesarean sections in Benin.
Dossou J-P; Cresswell JA; Makoutodé P; De Brouwere V; Witter S; Filippi V; Kanhonou LG; Goufodji SB; Lange IL; Lawin L
BMJ global health
A new conceptual framework for maternal morbidity
Filippi V; Chou D; Barreix M; Say L
International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
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
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Maternal obesity and Caesarean delivery in sub-Saharan Africa.
Cresswell JA; Campbell OMR; De Silva MJ; Slaymaker E; Filippi V
Tropical medicine & international health
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
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
Social science & medicine (1982)
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
International journal for equity in health
Estimating the prevalence of obstetric fistula: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Adler AJ; Ronsmans C; Calvert C; Filippi V
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
Tropical medicine & international health
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
PloS one
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
Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology
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
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
Tropical medicine & international health
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
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
Social science & medicine (1982)
Maternal health in poor countries: the broader context and a call for action.
Filippi V; Ronsmans C; Campbell OMR; Graham WJ; Mills A; Borghi J; Koblinsky M; Osrin D
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
Health policy and planning
What is quality in maternity care? An international perspective.
Pittrof R; Campbell OMR; Filippi VGA
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
Studies in family planning
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