Professor Veronique Filippi


in Maternal Health and Epidemiology

Room G11a

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2874

My degrees are in political sciences, demography and epidemiology and I work 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 evaluations of interventions designed to reduce maternal mortality and improve infant health (EVA-PMDUP, FEMHEALTH, Alive and Thrive).  I am a member of the PRECISE network ( on placental disorders and the ACCESS consortium on sexual and reproductive health. I provide technical support on maternal and near-miss case reviews/audits. 


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


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


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.


I am currently conducting a scoping review of monitoring and evaluation indicators for unsafe abortion for WHO, and writing up results on research projects that have recently finished. These include the cost effectiveness evaluation of interventions to reduce maternal deaths from unwanted pregnancies and two interdisciplinary studies of reproductive health. 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: I am looking for new collaboration and I am developing proposals on interventions to mange gestational diabetes in low and middle income countries, maternal morbidity and health related functioning, and the role of multisectoral interventions to improve maternal and newborn health. Please contact me if you are interested.

Please also visit the MARCH website for information on all maternal, adolescent, reproductive and child health activities in all faculties at LSHTM:



Research Area
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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