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Ms Harriet Ruysen

BSc Midwifery MSc PGCert FHEA

Research Fellow

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LSHTM
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I am a midwife with clinical experience working in the UK, New Zealand and with Médecins Sans Frontières, where I supported maternal and newborn health programmes in low resource and conflict settings; including Somaliland and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I returned to the UK in 2013 to undertake an MSc in Public Health for Developing Countries before joining the team here at LSHTM.  

My midwifery career is driven by a firm belief that all women should have equitable access to quality healthcare. My areas of interest are focused around improving quality of maternal and newborn care in low income and humanitarian settings. 

 

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Teaching

Current Issues in Safe Motherhood and Perinatal Health

Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries 

Tutor for MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Research

I am a research fellow for the Every Newborn Action Plan Metrics team led by Professor Joy Lawn in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO). Our work is focused on improving global health outcomes for mothers and newborns through the development of feasible metrics for maternal and newborn health. 

The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP), is underwritten by a 2014 World Health Assembly Resolution, and aims to support countries in reaching the target of fewer than 12 newborn deaths per 1000 live births, and fewer than 12 stillbirths per 1,000 total births by 2030. Data are crucial to track progress towards this ENAP vision for quality of care at birth. However, there is a major gap for data to track programmatic coverage, quality and service readiness. As seen from programmes such as immunisation, malaria and HIV, these data are fundamental for local programme planning and financing, especially to ensure we reach the poorest families, as well as for global governance.

Research Area
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Public health
Global Health
Neonatal health
Discipline
Epidemiology
Country
Bangladesh
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Nepal
Somalia
Tanzania
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Labour and delivery ward register data availability, quality, and utility - Every Newborn - birth indicators research tracking in hospitals (EN-BIRTH) study baseline analysis in three countries.
Day LT; Gore-Langton GR; Rahman AE; Basnet O; Shabani J; Tahsina T; Poudel A; Shirima K; Ameen S; K C A
2020
BMC health services research
Assessment of the validity of the measurement of newborn and maternal health-care coverage in hospitals (EN-BIRTH): an observational study.
Day LT; Sadeq-Ur Rahman Q; Ehsanur Rahman A; Salim N; Kc A; Ruysen H; Tahsina T; Masanja H; Basnet O; Gore-Langton GR
2020
Lancet Glob Health
\"Every Newborn-BIRTH\" protocol: observational study validating indicators for coverage and quality of maternal and newborn health care in Bangladesh, Nepal and Tanzania.
Day LT; Ruysen H; Gordeev VS; Gore-Langton GR; Boggs D; Cousens S; Moxon SG; Blencowe H; Baschieri A; Rahman AE
2019
Journal of global health
Saving Lives at Birth; development of a retrospective theory of change, impact framework and prioritised metrics.
Lalli M; Ruysen H; Blencowe H; Yee K; Clune K; DeSilva M; Leffler M; Hillman E; El-Noush H; Mulligan J
2018
Globalization and health
Count every newborn; a measurement improvement roadmap for coverage data.
Moxon SG; Ruysen H; Kerber KJ; Amouzou A; Fournier S; Grove J; Moran AC; Vaz LME; Blencowe H; Conroy N
2015
BMC pregnancy and childbirth
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