Implementing solutions to reduce maternal / neonatal mortality and build research capacity in Sierra Leone

Our group, “Simple, scalable innovations & research capacity building to improve maternal health in Sierra Leone”, is focussed on improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes.

NIHR CRIBS Research Capacity Building

In Sierra Leone, 1 in every 17 women will die during pregnancy or childbirth. It is one of the most dangerous places to give birth in the world. This NIHR Global Health Research Group is a partnership between the University of Sierra Leone and King’s College London, with support from the National Midwifery Schools and Ministry of Health and Sanitation, to develop and implement life-saving maternal health interventions and build research capacity in Sierra Leone.

We are working with healthcare workers, educators, communities, and policy makers to understand and overcome the day-to-day barriers that women and healthcare providers face when accessing or delivering effective maternity care. We aim to generate new scientific knowledge and implement solutions and build research capacity and expertise where it is needed most.

CRIBS News & Events


Early births – between 34 and 37 weeks – for pregnant mothers with pre-eclampsia, can reduce baby and mother deaths

Published this week in The Conversation: About half a million babies die each year as a result of pre-eclampsia, an aggressive and potentially life-threatening problem in pregnancy. Approximately 46,000 women also die each year due to the disorder. The condition – a high blood pressure (hypertension) ...
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Screening of Nema’s Choice at Ritzy, Brixton, London

  The King’s College London ‘CRIBS’ Global Maternal Health Research Group, in collaboration with Welbodi partnership hosted the UK movie premier of Nema’s Choice – a docu-film made in Sierra Leone to raise awareness of Pre-eclampsia. The screening was held at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, ...
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CRIBS team members present (and win awards) at International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy World Congress in India

Members the CRIBS team visited Bengaluru in India during September for the annual International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) World Congress. The action-packed programme included plenary sessions on artificial intelligence and its potential for use in maternity care; screening and prevention ...
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