Welcome to our Learning Hub! Ammalife invests in research to find effective and practical solutions to barriers to good maternal health around the world. We support midwives and doctors on the ground to undertake careful research to find out which initiatives will really make a difference to women’s lives. We also support talented academics from the UK and across the globe to conduct research on maternal health. Here you will find out more about our research projects, many of which have been led by our Change Makers, and the practical impact our work is having on the ground.

Improving Maternal and Newborn Health with Participatory Women’s Groups

Women’s groups and participatory learning can be an effective tool in low-resource settings to reduce maternal, neonatal and infant mortality.

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Learning from the experiences of maternity healthcare workers

Skilled maternity healthcare workers have the potential to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates, yet in Malawi they face numerous barriers to providing quality care.

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Maternal Mortality and Caesarean Sections

300,000 women die each year as a result of maternity related issues, the majority from low and middle income countries. Appropriate caesarean sections can be key to improving maternal mortality rates. Ammalife Change Maker Soha Sobhy conducted a systematic review of maternal mortality and caesarean section in LMIC to investigate this issue.

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Symphysiotomy for Obstructed Labour

Obstructed labour, where a baby cannot be smoothly delivered, is a major cause of maternal death. Symphysiotomy is a procedure which aids in obstructed labour. Ammalife Change Maker Dr Amie Wilson conducted a systematic review of symphysiotomy, comparing the procedure with caesarean section, to examine the procedure’s safety and effectiveness in LMICs.

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Training and Supporting Traditional Birth Attendants

Many women in poor countries go through labour with the support of traditional birth attendants (TBAs). Can training TBAs help to lower maternal and newborn mortality rates?

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A Systematic Review of Emergency Transport for Mothers

Emergency transport for pregnant mothers can be a lifesaver for both mothers and babies in LMICs. However, many factors should be considered for transport to be effective.

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Doctors, Clinical Officers, and Caesarean Sections

In low-income settings clinical officers perform many surgical procedures when doctors are unavailable, including caesarean section. What are the outcomes on maternal and perinatal health?

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Maternal Mortality and Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia-related maternal mortality is higher in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. However, with appropriate strategies, many of these deaths can be avoided.

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A Systematic Review of Clinical Trials on Global Women’s Health

Across the globe, clinical trials are taking place with the aim of improving maternal health outcomes for women. What are the gaps in research and what can be done to improve future studies?

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Uterotonic Agents for Preventing Post Partum Haemorrhage

Post-partum haemorrhage is the biggest cause of maternal mortality worldwide. Which drugs are the most effective in preventing it?

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