Strategy and vision

As a leading, global centre of excellence for research, teaching and technical assistance for maternal and newborn health we aim


Improve the availability and quality of healthcare for mothers and babies
Contribute to a global reduction in maternal and new born mortality and morbidity and improvement in quality of life


Partnering strategically with governments and global agencies
Designing and implementing innovative, evidence-based healthcare packages and new frameworks for the evaluation of effectiveness
Ensuring new evidence and lessons learnt are shared across national boundaries to inform policy and practice
Planning for the pro-active growth of our research, technical assistance and teaching

Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) strategy 2012-2017

By 2017 we want to have achieved the following outcomes:

Improving the availability of care

  • Improve the availability and quality of healthcare for 1 million mothers and babies
  • Increase the number of women who receive Skilled Birth Attendance by 25%
  • Increase the availability of Emergency Obstetric Care and early Newborn Care in 80% of health facilities
  • Increase the number of women who are recognised to need and receive Emergency Obstetric Care by 50%
  • Reduce maternal case fatality rates and still births in health facilities by 20%
  • Work with colleagues in 1,000 health facilities and 10 developing country settings
  • Build the capacity of 10,000 healthcare providers, improving knowledge and skills to provide the continuum of care needed by mothers and babies.

'Improving quality of care'

  • Design and apply a new evaluation framework to measure quality of care in 5 countries
  • Design and implement an intervention package to improve the quality of care in 5 countries
  • Facilitate the establishment of quality improvement teams in 250 healthcare facilities

Improving measurement of effectiveness of care

  • Explore the use of maternal morbidity as a defined and measurable outcome to assess effectiveness of interventions
  • Define and establish criteria for identification of maternal morbidity
  • Design and apply a new framework for measuring the burden of maternal morbidity in 2 countries

Become a leading centre for implementation research for MNH

  • Create a 'production-line' of new and innovative MNH care packages and evaluation frameworks to assess the effectiveness of these
  • Publish 20 papers in peer reviewed journals
  • Disseminate research outputs at 5 international conferences
  • Identify and work together with excellent research partners in 10 countries
  • Train 5,000 healthcare providers in the improved collection and use of data for maternal and newborn health
  • Educate international healthcare professionals to Diploma in Reproductive Health (75), Masters (40) and PhD (5) levels

Inform global policy and practice

  • Working in partnership with governments and other policy makers to ensure that evidence-based and effective health care packages for MNH are adapted and adopted
  • Host at least 3 international dissemination meetings with high level representation from Africa and Asia
  • For each research project or programme of work, identify the key policy and practice recommendations.
  • Publish 20 quarterly bulletins for advocacy purposes