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 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"  ( and the PRECISE network ( I provide technical support on maternal and near-miss case reviews. 


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


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


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: 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:



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

Consequences of maternal morbidity on health-related functioning: a systematic scoping review.
Machiyama, K. ; Hirose, A. ; Cresswell, J.A. ; Barreix, M. ; Chou, D. ; Kostanjsek, N. ; Say, L. ; Filippi, V. ;
BMJ Open
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. ;
Trop Med Int Health
Mortality after near-miss obstetric complications in Burkina Faso: medical, social and health-care factors.
Storeng, K.T. ; Drabo, S. ; Ganaba, R. ; Sundby, J. ; Calvert, C. ; Filippi, V. ;
Bull World Health Organ
Difficulties leaving home: a cross-sectional study of delays in seeking emergency obstetric care in Herat, Afghanistan.
Hirose, A.; Borchert, M.; Niksear, H.; Alkozai, A.S.; Cox, J.; Gardiner, J.; Osmani, K.R.; Filippi, V.;
Soc Sci Med
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.;
Trop Med Int Health
Health of women after severe obstetric complications in Burkina Faso: a longitudinal study.
Filippi, V.; Ganaba, R.; Baggaley, R.F.; Marshall, T.; Storeng, K.T.; 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, K.T.; Baggaley, R.F.; Ganaba, R.; Ouattara, F.; Akoum, M.S.; Filippi, V.;
Soc Sci Med
Maternal health in poor countries: the broader context and a call for action.
Filippi, V.; Ronsmans, C.; Campbell, O.M.; Graham, W.J.; Mills, A.; Borghi, J.; Koblinsky, M.; Osrin, D.;
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