‘The development of low cost technologies for developing world maternity care’ – Professor Andrew Weeks
Professor Andrew Weeks has a primary interest in the translation of maternity care from high to low resource settings. This discussion will focus on the importance of low-cost technologies, some of the principles of their development and then some examples including misoprostol, Foley Catheter induction, and the PPH Butterfly* in the management of labour.
*The PPH Butterfly has been funded in 2 successive grants by the NIHR i4i fund for over £1million. It was 2015 Innovation of the Year in the NIHR NW Coast Research and Innovations awards and finalist in the 2015 Plastics Industry Awards.
Andrew Weeks is Professor of International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool. He is Director of both the Sanyu Research Unit and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Research Synthesis. Although brought up in Kenya, he had his undergraduate and postgraduate medical training around Yorkshire (Sheffield, Leeds, Scunthorpe and Rotherham). In 2001 he returned to East Africa for 2 years as visiting lecturer in O&G at Makerere University in Uganda. In 2003 he joined the University of Liverpool as first clinical lecturer, then senior lecturer before being awarded a personal chair in 2011. He is also honorary consultant obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, one of the UK’s largest obstetric units. Andrew has over 130 publications to his name and currently runs clinical trials in the UK, Uganda and India, funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust, DFID and NIHR.