Ms Harriet Ruysen
BSc Midwifery MSc PGCert FHEA
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.
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
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.