About Us


About Us

The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is internationally recognised as a global leader in implementation research in maternal and newborn health.


We generate and share robust evidence for what, why and how maternal and newborn health interventions work in ‘real life’ settings, and facilitate its translation into policy and practice.

Our vision: To end preventable maternal deaths, still births and neonatal deaths and improve the health of mothers and babies in low- and middle-income countries








The Centre is headed by Professor Nynke van den Broek, who has been leading research and providing guidance and technical advice in maternal and newborn health for over 25 years. Our multi-national, multi-disciplinary team have unique expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating interventions across the continuum of care, adapting these to country- and context-specific settings and working in genuine partnership with governments, academic institutions, UN organisations, donors and civil societies.

We have extensive experience working in low- and middle-income countries.
In 2018, we are working in 15 countries across Africa and Asia, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

CMNH has many international partnerships, including:

  • A WHO collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Maternal and Newborn Health
  • A member of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
  • A member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)
  • A member of the Global Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) Working Group
  • A 2-year long term arrangement (LTA) with UNICEF to provide technical assistance in Capacity Development on Quality Improvement on maternal, newborn and adolescent health.