Professor Nynke van den Broek, Head of the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH), joined maternal and newborn health experts at a workshop in Nairobi to discuss maternal and newborn survival and stillbirths in sub-Saharan Africa.
The workshop, which took place from 4th to 5th September, was run jointly by the Academy of Medical Sciences and the African Academy of Sciences. Professor van den Broek was one of 50 participants from across Africa and the UK who met to consider the current status for maternal and newborn survival and stillbirths in sub-Saharan Africa, with respect to relevant Sustainable Development Goal targets.
Professor van den Broek is an Obstetrician-Gynaecologist trained in Tropical Medicine, with recognised international expertise in global maternal and newborn health and implementation research. She established and leads CMNH, which is currently one of the largest academic groups in Europe with an internationally relevant portfolio of work that incorporates priority interventions for reducing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity.
Following the meeting, Professor Nynke van den Broek said:
“It was a fantastic opportunity to discuss with colleagues from across sub-Saharan Africa what the priority areas for implementation research should be in the next few years. There was huge enthusiasm for our work across the continuum of care and a shared understanding that complex interventions are not ‘magic bullets’.”