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Zoë Matthews

Zoë Matthews

Zoë Matthews is the Evidence Lead for the E4A programme, which has initiated the MamaYe campaign, as well as Professor of Global Health and Social Statistics at the University of Southampton in the UK. She is responsible for providing leadership to the programme on using, interpreting and communicating sound evidence as the foundation for saving lives in sub-Saharan Africa.

Originally a statistician and demographer, Zoë‘s work has focused mainly on health systems with a particular focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. She has also published a number of relevant documents, such as the Atlas of Birth with colleagues from the White Ribbon Alliance, the World Health Organization’s 2005 World Health Report entitled Make Every Mother and Child Count, and the State of the World’s Midwifery with the UNFPA. Zoë has a degree in mathematics from the University of Sheffield, a masters in statistics from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and a PhD in Statistical Demography from the University of Southampton.

The Atlas of Birth: online global health mapping updated!

The Atlas of Birth is a clear and accessible web-based guide to the global picture of maternal and newborn health, told with maps, graphics and stories from many countries. Knowledge drives change, and change is needed as never before.

Evidence drives a revolution in accountability

When we started, the E4A programme felt like quite a leap of faith. We knew from other sectors – smoking and malaria, for example – that a strategic combination of evidence, advocacy and accountability could be just the answer to achieving big outcomes. But would it work in maternal and newborn health?

Women and health professionals spark new cycle of improving maternal and newborn health

Women and health professionals spark new cycle of improving maternal and newborn health. This article is provided by University of Southampton

Respectful care in action

Mary Issaka sees things from a local perspective - that’s how she ensures better access to skilled care and saves lives

What is the real extent of maternal mortality in Ghana?

Last week a very lively training workshop full of the very best data geeks in Ghana and their Evidence for Action (E4A) collaborators set out to try to find the answer. How high - actually - is the maternal mortality ratio in Ghana? As the convener of the workshop I embarked on the task with great trepidation.