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.
At Foto-Cewek, she established and leads the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH). This is currently one of the largest academic groups in Europe with an established and internationally relevant portfolio of work that incorporates priority interventions for reducing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity.
CMNH works through effective links with governments and international partners across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to promote the health of women and their babies in low- and middle-income countries through high quality research, teaching and technical assistance.
Professor van den Broek has designed and conducted large population-based randomised controlled trials of single interventions for improved maternal and newborn outcomes. She has used this experience to design and conduct implementation research programmes in multi-country settings in both Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to assess the effectiveness of complex interventions and to measure ‘what works where and how’ in real life settings. Impact has been ascertained through the development and application of innovative monitoring and evaluation frameworks. New indicators and methodology to measure availability and quality of care have been developed and applied.
CMNH aims to inform the global agenda by ensuring good data are available to measure where and why women and babies die and stillbirths occur. New tools and criteria have been developed to measure the burden of maternal morbidity and to be able to measure maternal health as an outcome.
Professor van den Broek enjoys the challenge of bringing the discipline of good research methodology to the planning and evaluation of complex development programmes that aim to strengthen health systems where this is expected to directly benefit maternal and newborn health.
At CMNH, Professor van den Broek leads a multi-disciplinary team of 50 academics, postgraduate students and programme management staff who wish to make a difference and develop, conduct and disseminate the highest quality research in the area of global maternal and newborn health.
The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health is a WHO Collaborating Centre and a member of the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)
• Fellow Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists RCOG, London 2006
• Master in Family Planning Faculty of Family Planning, RCOG, London 2001
• PhD University of Amsterdam, 1998
• Certificate of Specialist Training (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) RCOG, London 1995
• Membership of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MRCOG) RCOG, London, 1993
• Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerpen, 1987
• Arts (MBBS) Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 1984
Professor van den Broek supervises many PhD students. Current and recent students and topics include:
• Dr Jamila Al Abri: National maternal near-miss study in Oman
• Dr Mamuda Aminu: Classification of cause of stillbirth in developing country setting
• Dr Aduragbemi Banke Thomas: Social return on investment of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care training in Kenya
• Fiona Dickinson: Developing maternity patient reported outcome measures
• Terry Kana Scope of practice and workload of nurse-midwives in low- and middle-income countries
• Dr Mary McCauley: Improving maternal health by reducing maternal morbidity
• Dr Mselenge Mdegela: Training non-physician clinicians in Malawi and Tanzania
• Dr Abimbola Olaniran: Community health workers for maternal and newborn health: case studies from Africa and Asia
• Dr Thidar Pyone: Health system governance in Kenya: an assessment at national and subnational level