Gaining global recognition as a strong lead in capacity development in maternal and newborn health.


The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) is headed by Professor Nynke van den Broek, who has been leading research and technical assistance work in maternal and newborn health for over 25 years. 

Our vision is to ‘improve the availability and quality of healthcare for mothers and babies, contributing to the global reduction in maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity and improvement in quality of life’.

Over the last 10 years, we have delivered a substantial portfolio of research, technical assistance and capacity building projects and have established ourselves as an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence. In creating effective links with international partners, CMNH aims to promote the health of women and children in low-income countries through high quality research, teaching and technical assistance.

CMNH is a WHO collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Maternal and Newborn Health. We won the Women’s Health Category of the 2015 prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) awards, for our work on emergency obstetric care in Africa and Asia.