Dr Florence Mgawadere

Senior Research Associate

Florence is a public health researcher with a nursing and midwifery background with 15 years international clinical and research experience. She has expertise in designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of quality improvement interventions in maternal and newborn health (MNH) (both at facility and community level); capacity development, coaching and mentoring of healthcare providers in MNH interventions, collaborations and providing technical assistance and policy development advice to national governments and non-government organizations on sexual reproductive health. She has a strong operations and mixed methods research background. Florence has vast experience working in Malawi, Ghana, Kenya and the UK. She obtained a Master of Public Health degree at College of Medicine in Malawi and a PhD in Tropical medicine at University of Liverpool in 2014.

Current projects
• Quality of care Study- Kenya and Malawi
• Quality Improvement Malawi and Nigeria
• Systematic review on Indicators to measure quality of care in maternal and newborn health


Florence has over 17 years of experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate medical students, nurse midwives and healthcare assistants in low resource setting. She currently lectures on the Masters in International Public Health (Sexual and Reproductive Health), Current Clinical Challenges in Tropical Medicine TROP 938, Key Concepts in Sexual and Reproductive Health TROP 923, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Diploma for reproductive health in developing countries. Florence has been a convener for TROP 972: Quality improvement in maternal and newborn health module.


Florence has carried out operations research and academic research on maternal health, including research at the community level and programme evaluations in both middle and lower income countries.


Selected publications

  • Mgawadere F, Kana T, van den Broek N. 'Measuring maternal mortality: a systematic review of methods used to obtain estimates of the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in low- and middle-income countries', British Medical Bulletin 2017;121(1):121-34. doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldw056 Available at: https://academic.oup.com/bmb/article/2926155/Measuring

    Mgawadere F, Unkels R, Kazembe A, van den Broek N 'Factors associated with maternal mortality in Malawi: application of the three delays model', BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2017;17:219. doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1406-5 Available at: https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884...

    Jones S, Sam B, Bull F, Pieh SB, Lambert J, Mgawadere F, Gopalakrishnan S, Ameh CA and van den Broek N. ''Even when you are afraid, you stay': Provision of maternity care during the Ebola virus epidemic: A qualitative study', Midwifery 2017;52:19-26. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2017.05.009 Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266613816303515

    Smith, H., Asfaw, A. G., Aung, K. M., Chikoti, L., Mgawadere, F., d’ Aquino, L., & van den Broek, N. (2017). Implementing the WHO integrated tool to assess quality of care for mothers, newborns and children: results and lessons learnt from five districts in Malawi. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17, 271. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-017-1461-y

    Dressel A, Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., Dietrich A, Chirwa E, Mgawadere F, Kambalametore, S., Kako P. Local to Global: Working Together to Meet the Needs of Vulnerable Communities. Journal of Interprofessional Care 2017

    Mgawadere F, Unkels R, Adegoke A, van den Broek N. Measuring maternal mortality using a Reproductive Age Mortality Study (RAMOS). BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2016;16:291. doi: 10.1186/s12884-016-1084-8 Available at: http://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-...

    Mgawadere F, Unkels R, van den Broek N. Assigning cause of maternal death: a comparison of findings by a facility-based review team, an expert panel using the new ICD-MM cause classification and a computer-based program (INTERVA-4). BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 2016;123(10):1647-53. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13969 Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1471-0528.13969/epdf

    F Mgawadere, Maleta Kenneth. Assessing quality in antenatal care. Malawi College of Medicine 2009. www.medcol.mw