The Post Graduate Researcher (PGR) Conference 2019 took place at the Liverpool Museum in June 2019. Six post-graduate candidates from the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) presented results from their research at the event. Terry Kana, Senior Research Associate, and Dr Aminu Umar, PhD student at CMNH, both delivered 20 minute presentations on their work. Terry’s research explores the scope of practice and workload of midwifery cadres in low- and middle-income countries, and she shared results of several case studies from Bangladesh and Malawi. Aminu’s work focuses on the feasibility of using Maternity Early Warning Scores (MEWS) to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality in low- and middle-income countries. He presented the results from data collected from Ilorin Teaching Hospital in Kwara state, Nigeria.
Other researchers from the CMNH team also contributed to the event. Hannah McCauley, Senior Research Associate, presented a poster on the enablers and barriers to provision of quality antenatal and postnatal care in low- and middle-income countries, and three post-graduate candidates delivered three-minute presentations as part of a nationwide Three-minutes Thesis competition. Fiona Dickinson, Research Assistant at CMNH, gave a summary of her work on developing a patient reported outcome measure for assessing quality of care provided by maternity services in low and middle-income countries, using data collected from Malawi and Kenya. Jamila Al Abri, PhD student shared results from her assessment of maternal near-miss cases in Oman, while Dr Mselenge Mdegela, Clinical Research Associate at CMNH shared his findings on the retention of the health workforce in Malawi and Tanzania. CMNH’s Dr Charles Ameh, Barbara Madaj and Professor Matthews Mathai also attended the conference to assess and provide useful feedback to the presentations and posters.