French National Research Institute for Development

Alexandre Dumont

is a gynecologist-obstetrician, research director at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and technical advisor for the World Health Organization (WHO). He is the scientific coordinator of the QUALI-DEC project.

Valéry Ridde

is a public health researcher at IRD and the Public Health Research Institute of the Université de Montréal. His work focuses on the analysis of the implementation of health policies in low-resource countries and on knowledge transfer.

Myriam de Loenzien

is a researcher in demography at IRD and a professor at the University of Paris-Descartes. Her work focuses on family and gender relations in sub-Saharan African and South-East Asian countries.

Delia Visan

is the manager of the QUALI-DEC project. Her role is to support the the consortium with the overall implementation of the project. She has a background is psychology, international relations and European studies.

Marion Ravit

is an epidemiologist and a postdoctoral researcher at IRD. As principal data manager, she coordinates data collection for the QUALI-DEC project.

Karolinska Institute

Helle Mölsted Alvesson

Helle Mölsted Alvesson is a medical anthropologist with a Ph.D in public health. Her research focuses on the interface between community- and central-level practices in health and disease.

Claudia Hansen

is a senior lecturer at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and also holds in an Associate Professorship in epidemiology and maternal health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Claudia is trained as a medical doctor, with a specialisation in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, and has a MSc and a PhD in epidemiology from LSHTM.

Kristi Sidney Annerstedt

is a postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institute. Her work focuses on the implementation of devices to improve childbirth conditions in India.

University College Dublin

Michael Robson

is an obstetrician-gynaecologist at the University of Dublin. He created Robson’s classification in 2012, which groups pregnant women into different categories associated with the risk of needing a Caesarean section, based on characteristics of their pregnancies and their medical history.

World Health Organization

Ana Pilar Betrán

is a medical officer at the World Health Organization in the Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research. She is responsible for the WHO research portfolio on caesarean section.

Meghan Bohren

is a researcher at the University of Melbourne and a consultant for WHO in public health, particularly on gender and women’s health issues in low and middle income countries.

Newton Opiyo

iS an epidemiologist with interests in evidence synthesis, guideline development, and quality improvement in maternal, newborn and child health. His current research focuses on strategies to optimize caesarean section use.

Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales

Guillermo Carroli

is a physician specializing in obstetrics who currently works as a researcher and is the director of the Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales (CREP), a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Maternal and Child Health and Population. He is also the editor of the WHO Reproductive Health Library, an open-access electronic library.

Liana Campodonico

is a statistician, a graduate of the National University of Rosario. She has worked for more than 30 years at the Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales (CREP) as a researcher in the field of clinical trials and global surveys.

Celina Gialdini

is a Physician specialized in Obstetrics and Gynaecology currently working as a researcher in the Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales (CREP), as a teacher at the National University of Rosario and doing clinical work at Hospital Provincial of Rosario. She has worked for seven years as the assistant editor of the WHO Reproductive Health Library.

Berenise Carroli

is an Occupational Therapist and a University Lecturer who currently works as a study coordinator at Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales (CREP) and as a teacher at University of Gran Rosario (Universidad del Gran Rosario).

Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES)

Mariana Romero

MD and MSc in Reproductive Health. Senior researcher at the Health, Economy and Society Department of the Center for the Study of the State and Society (CEDES) and adjunct researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina.
She is co-coordinator of OSSyR (Sexual and Reproductive Health Observatory), co-founder of REDAAS (Red de Acceso al Aborto Seguro, Safe Abortion Access Network)- Argentina.
She has developed research projects in the fields of public health, health systems and programs with a particular focus on abortion, maternal mortality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Silvina Ramos

Sociologist, with postgraduate studies in social research. Senior researcher at the Health, Economy and Society Department at the Center for the Study of the State and Society (CEDES). At present, she is the Technical Coordinator of the National Plan for the Prevention of Unintended Adolescent Pregnancy; Director of the Online Postgraduate Program on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CEDES-Universidad Isalud); and Member of Coordinating Team of REDAAS in Argentina. Her focus has been on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has been actively involved in knowledge translation activities to make research results useful for advocacy strategies to promote access to legal and safe abortion in Argentina, with particular emphasis on the design and strengthening of public health policies and services.

Cecilia Straw

has a PhD in Social Sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires; she is external researcher in the Area of Health, Economy and Society of the Center for State and Society Studies (CEDES).
She specializes in qualitative methodology in health issues from a social perspective and with an approach oriented to the design of public policies and implementation.

Leticia Williams

is a gynecologist-obstetrician, who completed the course of the Master in Clinical Effectiveness with focus in Clinical Management and Quality of Health Care in the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (Buenos Aires, Argentina). She is currently working as clinician in gynecology and as a researcher in Women´s Health Issues.

Carla Perrotta

Medical Doctor, Specialist in Internal Medicine, Master in Clinical Effectiveness, and PhD Philosophy (Epidemiology). She has been Research Fellow at General Internal Medicine at UPMC, Pittsburgh; Clinical Fellow in General Medicine; and Fellow at Cochrane Collaboration. She pursues a career in Public Health and General Practice, working at both sides of the Atlantic, in Ireland -as a General Practitioner- and in Argentina combining both. Worked as external Consultant for UNICEF, World Bank and IDB in a wide range of Public Health Programs and Primary Care implementation programs; from Mother and Child Health, Environmental Health and Non-communicable Diseases tailored programs in Argentina from 2011 to 2016. Her research interests are Knowledge synthesis, Implementation Science, Clinical Effectiveness, Primary Care and Patient Safety.

Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University

Kiattisak Kongwattanakul

is currently Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Lecture at Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

Nampet Jampathong

has an MPH in Biostatistics, Khon Kaen University. Her focus has been on research synthesis and statistical modeling for prediction. At present, she is a project manager of Cochrane Thailand.

Pisake Lumbiganon

is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Head of the Cochrane Centre in Thailand and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Reproductive Health Research Synthesis. He is also President of the Royal Thai College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Vice-President of the Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Asia-Oceania.

Dittakarn Boriboonhirunsarn

is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Siriraj Hospital of Mahidol University in Bangkok.

Fundacio Blanquerna

Ramon Escuriet

currently works as Commissioner for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the National Health Service (SNS) of Catalonia and is responsible for the implementation of the health plans at a regional level. From his position within the SNS, he works closely with stakeholders -health care providers, women’s representatives and scientific associations, obstetricians and midwives - to design and implement health plans and vocational training programmes.

Olga Canet

has a degree in Human Sciences from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and a degree in Nursing from the University of Barcelona (UB). She is currently a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Ramon Llull University and director of the Master’s Degree in Women’s Health and Well-being.

Research Institute of Health Sciences

Simon Tiendrébéogo

is a statistician and researcher at the Research Institute for health sciences (IRSS/Burkina Faso) . He specializes in survival and longitudinal data analysis methods and has expertise in maternal and neonatal health researches. In particular, he has worked on data from West African countries.

Charles Kabore

has worked on emergency obstetric care and quality assurance programs in referral hospitals in West Africa. He has also worked on research interventions to improve postpartum maternal and child health in referral hospitals in Africa. His research focuses on the practice of caesarean sections in West Africa.

Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine

Trung Thi Phuong Thao

holds an MD as Obstetrician and Gynecologist, she is supporting the team in the implementation of the QUALI-DEC project in Vientnam.

Huynh Nguyen Khanh Trang

is director of the obstetrics branch of the maternity ward at Hung Vuong Hospital.

Mac Quoc Nhu Hung

is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Obstetrician in the Maternity Ward of Hung Vuong Hospital (prenatal care).

Hoang Thi Diem Tuyet

is the Director of the Maternity Ward at Hung Vuong Hospital and the Deputy Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at PNT University.