Group of women from Papua New Guinea PNG, village reporters working on informing and recruiting community. Credit: Andrew Vallely

Maternal and Newborn Health in Low-Resource Settings Research Group

The Maternal Newborn Health in Low-Resource Settings Research Group is an interdisciplinary group committed to reducing adverse maternal and newborn health outcomes in high-burden, low-resource settings. We are a group that draws on unique and long-term research and collaboration working to improve maternal and newborn health in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and across the Pacific.

The majority of maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths occur in low- and middle-income countries, and most could be avoided with quality care throughout pregnancy and birth. 

Building on innovative community- and facility-based research in low-resource settings, our group designs, evaluates and implements novel health facility and community-based interventions to address these longstanding international public health priorities. Our reserach looks at interventions that are proven to be effective, acceptable to women and health care staff, cost-effective to implement within current health systems, and can be delivered in an equitable manner to those in greatest need, leading to changes in policy and clinical practice that will improve outcomes for women and children in PNG and across low-resource settings in the region. 

Key collaborators include the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, the Global Women’s and Newborn’s Health Group at the Burnet Institute, UNFPA (PNG and Pacific region), Provincial Health Authorities in PNG.