Covid-19 and Maternal Health: are we facing a new normal?

Please join us on April 16th at 11AM for a webinar about Covid-19 and Maternal Health.

The event will focus on maternal and child health in the context of unsteady health systems. We will focus on the emerging evidence about clinical implications of Covid-19, and the variability in how maternity care is being amended within and between countries, including differences in the guidelines issued by WHO and specific country guidelines. We will also explore how this variation might relate to prevailing cultural attitudes about gender, maternity and how maternity systems should operate.

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The speakers

The panel will be chaired by Professor Stephen Allen, Chair in Paediatrics at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Prof Christine McCourt

Professor of Maternal and Child Health, School of Health Sciences, where she is joint research lead in the Centre for Research in Maternal and Child Health and Senior Tutor for Research.  Her key interests are in maternity and women’s health, with particular interest

s in institutions and service change and reform, on women’s experiences of childbirth and maternity care and in the culture and organisation of maternity care. She has worked over a number of years on applying anthropological theory and methodology to studying ‘western’ healthcare and she is also the managing editor of the international journal on applied anthropology, Anthropology in Action.

She joined City University’s School of Health Sciences in 2010. Her main area of work has been on maternity and women’s health, with particular interests in institutions and service change and reform, on women’s experiences of childbirth and maternity care and in the culture and organisation of maternity care.

Twitter: @ProfMcCourt

Dr Helen Nabwera

Dr Nabwera is a Senior Clinical Research Associate – Neonatology. She is also an honorary consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. She has clinical and research experience from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.

Prior to taking up her position here at LSTM, Helen worked as a locum general paediatrician at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. She was awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development Fellowship (for a PhD) from 2012-2015. She spent most of that time at MRC Unit, The Gambia’s rural field station in Keneba, managing a rural primary health care facility and undertaking nutrition research using both quantitative and qualitative methods. She has a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2018). She also has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from LSTM (Distinction-2005).

Helen’s research focuses on newborn health and designing and testing innovative strategies that incorporate infant and early child nutrition, for reducing mortality in the low birth weight infants who are at risk of poor outcomes.


Dr Suraj Bhattarai

Dr. Bhattarai a public health physician and a research fellow at Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (GIIS) where he leads global health programme. His research interests are in maternal & child health, Infectious diseases particularly vaccine-preventable and (re)emerging infections, and health systems. Previously, he worked as a clinical research fellow at Patan Hospital (Kathmandu) getting involved in paediatric infectious disease and vaccine studies sponsored by Oxford University (OVG). He has experience of evaluating family planning and MNCH projects as well as the status of the private sector in health in Nepal. Currently, he co-leads RTI-BMGF-funded research ‘Mortality surveillance using minimally invasive tissue sampling technique in Nepal (DECODE-MAUN)’ at Gandaki Medical College Teaching Hospital.

He obtained medical training from Nepal and then recently graduated from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK) with a degree in Tropical Medicine & International Health. He is a member of professional societies and committees such as European Society for Paediatric Infectious Disease (ESPID), Global Young Academy, Inter-Academy Partnership (IAP) Young Physician Leaders, IAP’s ‘Health in All Policies’ project, CUGH’s Global Health Workforce Subcommittee, USAID’s CUGH-STAR project, and more.

Twitter: @DrBhattaraiS

Event details

When: 16 April, 2020 - 11:00 am

Where: Use our zoom link: