Professor Matthews Mathai

Chair in Maternal and Newborn Health

Prof Mathai is an obstetrician-gynaecologist with extensive international experience in clinical care, teaching, research, policy and programme management in maternal and perinatal health. He joined the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) in 2016 as Chair in Maternal and Newborn Health, where his responsibilities include:

• Leading implementation research and technical assistance in maternal and newborn health
• Teaching postgraduates and supervising doctoral students in global maternal and newborn health
• Contributing to leadership and management of the Centre and the School

Prof Mathai also continues to work with international partners at global, regional and national levels in an advisory capacity and in providing inputs into global issues related to maternal and newborn health. For example: 

• Advised Ministry of Health and WHO in Sri Lanka to draft the national maternal and newborn health strategy for 2017-2025
• Supported WHO European Region to introduce the WHO stillbirth and neonatal death review tools in central Asian and in the implementation of these tools in Turkmenistan
• Team Leader for UNICEF’s Long Term Arrangement for Services for technical assistance for Every Newborn Action Plan implementation
• Member of the WHO’s expert advisory panel for maternal immunization
• Member of the WHO-PATH Technical Expert Panel on Advancing Maternal Immunization
• Chaired WHO consultation on maternal and newborn health guideline derivative
• Member of the Quality Equity Dignity Network’s working groups for implementation and monitoring and evaluation
• Member of national expert groups for estimate burden of disease and knowledge transfer in India
• Member of global Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response technical working group
• Member of advisory committees for several international research projects.

Before joining CMNH, Prof Mathai was Coordinator of the Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation team and Focal Point in Maternal and Perinatal Health in the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Here, his role involved coordinating work in epidemiology, monitoring and evaluation related to MNCAH, collaborating with partners on global initiatives related to MNCAH, leading work in maternal and perinatal health and managerial responsibilities. Prior to this, Prof Mathai was Medical Officer in Maternal Health in the Departments of Reproductive Health and Research, and Making Pregnancy Safer at WHO.

Before joining WHO HQ as staff, Prof Mathai did consultancies for WHO HQ and WHO offices in the South East Asia and Western Pacific regions; UNFPA India and South Pacific, UNICEF India, British ODA and JHPIEGO. He has worked in all WHO regions and in over 50 countries on maternal and reproductive health issues.

Between 1992 and 2005, Prof Mathai was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Here, his responsibilities included:

• Clinical: Obstetrician-Gynaecologist focusing on maternal and perinatal health in a hospital that delivers over 12,000 women per annum
• Teaching & Research: training undergraduate and postgraduate medical and nursing students in maternal and perinatal health, evidence-based practices, public health, research methodology and guiding research
• Administrative: Overall head of the Department, and head of one clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology unit, Family Welfare services and Perinatal Medicine

Educational Qualifications and Training
Christian Medical College, Vellore, India (University of Madras):
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 1978
Diploma in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DGO) 1982
Doctor of Medicine (MD) (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) 1983

University of Liverpool, UK
Master of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (MObstet) (Subspeciality: Feto-maternal medicine) 1989

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Health 1999

 

Publications

  • DISSERTATIONS

    Antimicrobial activity of amniotic fluid in South Indian women. Submitted for the MD degree in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Madras, 1983
    Smoking in pregnancy. Submitted for the Master of Obstetrics degree, University of Liverpool, 1988
    Fetal growth in India. Submitted for the PhD degree, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, 1999

    PAPERS
    Mathai M, Jairaj P, Thangavelu CP, Mathai E, Balasubramaniam N: Antimicrobial activity of amniotic fluid in South Indian women. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 91 : 560-564, 1984

    Mathai M. Monitoring high-risk pregnancy - clinical methods. CMC Alumni Journal 19: 20-22, 1985

    Mathai M, Jairaj P. Antenatal screening for low birthweight in a South Indian population. Archives of Gynecology 237(S) : 329, 1985

    Mathai M, Jairaj P, Muthuratnam S. Screening for light-for-gestational age infants : a comparison of three simple measurements. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 94 : 217-221, 1987

    Mathai M. Prediction of small for gestational age infants using a specially calibrated tape measure. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 95 : 313-314, 1988

    Mathai M, Skinner A, Lawton K, Weindling AM. Maternal smoking, urinary cotinine levels and birth-weight. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 30 : 33-36, 1990.

    Mathai M The primitives knew best : squatting in labour (selected summary) National Medical Journal of India 3 : 231-232, 1990.

    Mathai M, Mathai E, Jairaj P Candida antibodies in amniotic fluid. Indian Journal of Medical Research 93: 353-355, 1991

    Mathai M, Thomas S, Jasper P Growth pattern of the South Indian fetus. Journal of Perinatal Medicine 19 (Suppl 2) : 176, 1991

    George L, Mathai M, George K, Jairaj P Comparison of two methods of evaluation of the non-stress test. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of India 42 : 139-142, 1992

    Mathai M, Vijayasri R, Babu S, Jeyaseelan L. Passive maternal smoking and birthweight in a South Indian population. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 99 :342-343, 1992.

    Mathai M Amniocentesis National Medical Journal of India 5 : 30-34, 1992

    Kuruvila S, Jasper P, Peedicayil A, Mathai M A randomised controlled trial of valethamate bromide in acceleration of labor. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 38 : 93-96, 1992

    Mathai M, Skinner A, Lawton K, Weindling AM Influence of exposure to tobacco smoke on serum alpha fetoprotein levels of women in mid trimester pregnancy. Indian Journal of Medical Research 96 (B) : 279-281, 1992.

    Kuruvila S, Jasper P, Peedicayil A, Mathai M Esperienza sull'uso del valetamato bromuro come stimolante dell'accelerazione del travaglio di parto. Giornale Italiano di Ostetricia e Ginecologia 14 : 760-763,1992. (Paper 12 translated to Italian at request)

    Mathai M Antepartum fetal surveillance in developing countries. CMC Alumni Journal 26, 1-6, 1992.
    Roy Choudhury M, Mathai M, Mathai E, Sridharan G, Mathew GA, Jasper MP, John TJ Prevalence of genital mycoplasma & ureaplasma infection and their effect on pregnancy outcome Indian Journal of Medical Research 100 : 15-18, 1994.

    Mathai M, Thomas TJ, Kuruvila S, Jairaj P Random plasma glucose estimation and the glucose challenge test in prediction of abnormal glucose tolerance in pregnancy National Medical Journal of India 7 : 160-162, 1994

    Peedicayil A, Regi A, Mathai M, Jasper P Colposcopy in women with a normal Papanicolaou smear. National Medical Journal of India 7 : 208-209, 1994.

    Peedicayil A, Mathai M, Regi A, Rekha AK, Jasper MP. Inter and intra-observer variation in amniotic fluid index. Obstetrics & Gynecology 84 : 848-851, 1994.

    Mathai M. Emergencies in Obstetrics CMC Alumni Journal 28 : 19-21, 1994

    Mathai M, Thomas S, Peedicayil A, Regi A, Jasper P, Joseph R. Growth pattern of the Indian fetus. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 48 : 21-24, 1995.

    Regi A, Mathai M, Peedicayil A. Effects of changes in perinatal care on perinatal mortality in Vellore, India. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 48 : 101-102, 1995.

    Mathai M, Vijayakumar S, Joseph R, Karthikeyan NG, Regi A, Peedicayil A & Jasper P. The normal preterm foetal heart rate pattern. Indian Journal of Medical Research 101 : 108-110, 1995.

    Mathai M. Aspirin for preeclampsia (selected summary). National Medical Journal of India 8 : 23-24, 1995.

    Mathai M. Strategies for the reduction of perinatal mortality - the Vellore experience. Reproductive Health Research in Developing Countries : Proceedings from the HEBUT- Programme. University of Oslo, SUM Report 4 : 104-112, 1996.

    Mathai M, Jacob S, Karthikeyan NG. Birthweight standards for South Indian babies. Indian Pediatrics 33 : 203-209, 1996.

    Mathai M, Thomas S, Issac S, Karthikeyan NG, Joseph R, Jasper P. Amniotic fluid index in South Indian pregnancies. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 52 : 287-288, 1996

    Mathai E, Rani M, Kuruvilla PJ, Lionel G, Mathai M, Bhattacharji S. Urinary tract infection caused by Haemophilus influenzae. Journal of the Association of Physicians of India 43 : 621-622, 1995

    Mathai M. Preeclampsia (editorial) National Medical Journal of India 8 : 201-203, 1995.

    Regi A, Mathai M, Jasper P, Krishnswami H, Prem S, Peedicayil A. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in pregnancy not associated with ovulation induction. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 75 : 599-600, 1996.

    Muralitharan S, Srivastava A, Shaji RV, Mathai M, Srivastava VM, Dennison D, Lu CY, Krishnamoorthy R. Prenatal diagnosis of b-thalassaemia mutations using the reverse dot blot technique. National Medical Journal of India 9 : 70-71, 1996

    Mathai M. Pre-eclampsia. Ceylon Medical Journal 41 : 7-9, 1996

    Mathai M. Antenatal care. GP : Journal of the Fiji College of General Practitioners 4: 193-194, 1997

    Mathai M. Hypertension in pregnancy. GP : Journal of the Fiji College of General Practitioners 4 : 239, 1997

    Mathai E, Muthaiah A, Mathai M, Jasper P. Prevalence and effects of trichomoniasis in pregnancy. National Medical Journal of India 11 : 151, 1998

    Mathai E, Mathai M, Schramm M, Baravilala W. Prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in pregnant women in Suva, Fiji. Sexually Transmitted Infections 74 : 305-306, 1998

    Peedicayil A, Jasper P, Francis S, Jayakrishnan K, Mathai M, Regi A. A randomized trial of extra-amniotic Foley catheter and intra-cervical prostaglandin E2 for cervical ripening. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 1998;51 Suppl 1:21S.

    Mathai M. Routine antenatal care for low risk pregnancy. The WHO Reproductive Care Library, Vol 2, 1999

    Mathai M. Safe motherhood by AD 3000? (editorial) National Medical Journal of India 12: 215-253, 1999

    Mathews JE, Mathai M, George A. Uterine rupture in a multiparous woman during labor induction with misoprostol. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 68: 43-44, 2000

    Jana AK, Mathai M, Solomon R, Sridhar S. Perinatal infection: management and outcome. Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics 2: 375-386, 2000

    Mathai M. Routine antenatal care for low risk pregnancy. The WHO Reproductive Health Library, Vol 3, 2000

    Mathews JE, Mathai M, Peedicayil A, Mathews KP, Ponnaiya J, Jasper MP. Subclinical chorioamnionitis as a causal factor in unexplained stillbirths. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 74: 195-197, 2001.

    Mathai E, Mathai M, Prakash JAJ, Bergström S. Audit of management of pregnant women with positive VDRL tests. National Medical Journal of India 14: 202-204, 2001.

    Mathai M. Patterns of routine antenatal care for low risk pregnancy. The WHO Reproductive Health Library, Vol 4, 2001

    Mathai M, Ambersheth S, George A. Comparison of two transverse abdominal incisions for cesarean delivery. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 78: 45-47, 2002

    Mathai M. Routine antenatal care for low-risk pregnancy in under-resourced settings. The WHO Reproductive Health Library, Vol 5, 2002

    Mathai M Preventing infection during manual removal of the placenta. National Medical Journal of India 15: 349-350, 2002

    Loganathan G, Eapen CE, Chandy RG, Jasper P, Mathai M, Seshadri L, Ramakrishna B, Jana AK, John G, Chandy GM. Acute fatty liver of pregnancy: A report of two cases. National Medical Journal of India 15: 336-338, 2002.

    Lionel J, Mathai M, Abraham OC, Cherian T. Management of HIV infection in pregnancy: possible guidelines and their basis. National Medical Journal of India 16: 94-97, 2003

    Mathai E, Rolain JM, Verghese GM, Abraham OC, Mathai D, Mathai M, and Raoult D. Outbreak of Scrub Typhus in Southern India during the cooler months. Annals of the New York Academy of Science 990: 359-364, 2003

    Mathai M & Hofmeyr GJ. Abdominal surgical incisions for caesarean section (protocol) The Cochrane Library, Issue 4, 2003
     
    George A, Arasi KV, Mathai M. Is vaginal birth after cesarean delivery a safe option in India? International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 85: 42-43, 2004

    Hofmeyr GJ & Mathai M. Techniques for caesarean section (Protocol) The Cochrane Library, Issue 1, 2004

    Mathai E, Thomas RJ, Chandy S, Mathai M, Bergström S. Antimicrobials for the treatment of urinary tract infection in pregnancy: practices in southern India. Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety 13: 645-652, 2004

    Mathai M, Schramm M, Baravilala W, Shankar V, Jeyaseelan L, Antonisamy B, Bergström S. Ethnicity and fetal growth in Fiji. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 44: 318-321, 2004

    Mathai E, Rolain JM, Verghese L, Mathai M, Jasper P, Verghese G, Raoult D. Scrub typhus during pregnancy in India. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine 97: 570-572, 2003

    Mathai E, Christopher U, Mathai M, Jana AK, Rose D, Bergström S. Is C Reactive Protein level useful in differentiating infected from uninfected neonates among those at risk of infection? Indian Pediatrics 41: 895-900, 2004

    Mathai M. Can we reduce preterm births? Indian Journal of Medical Research 121: 80-82, 2005

    Mathai M. Reviewing maternal deaths and complications to make pregnancy and childbirth safer. Regional Health Forum 9: 27-29, 2005

    Mathai M. Improving maternal and child survival in India. Indian Journal of Medical Research 121: 624-627, 2005

    Mathai M. Preventing unsafe abortion in India. Indian Journal of Medical Research 122: 98-99, 2005

    Adam T, Lim SS, Mehta S, Bhutta ZA, Fogstad H, Mathai M, Zupan J, Darmstadt GL. Cost effectiveness analysis of strategies for maternal and neonatal health in developing countries. British Medical Journal 331: 1107- , 2005

    Merialdi M, Mathai M, Ngoc NTN, Purwar M, Campodonico L. Abdel-Aleem H, Hofmeyr GJ, Rojas MX, Perez-Cuevas R, Joseph G, Hieu NT, Radha NA, Motghare V, Carroli G, Del Cerro S, Giordano D, Ahmed A, Nikodem VC, Mangesi L, Roodt A, Mahmoud FA, Piaggio G & Villar J. World Health Organization systematic review of the literature and multinational nutritional survey of calcium intake during pregnancy. Fetal and Maternal Medicine Review 2005; 16: 97-121
     
    Villar J, Abdel-Aleem H, Merialdi M, Mathai M, Ali M, Zavaleta N, Purwar M, Hofmeyr J, Nguyen TNN, Campodonico L, Landoulsi S, Carolli G, Lindheimer M on behalf of the WHO Calcium Supplementation for the Prevention of Preeclampsia Trial Group. World Health Organization randomized trial of calcium supplementation among low calcium intake pregnant women. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 194: 639-649, 2006

    Ngoc NTN, Merialdi M, Abdel-Aleem H, Carroli G, Purwar M, Zavaleta N, Campódonico L, Ali M, Hofmeyr GJ, Mathai M, Lincetto O, Villar J. Causes of stillbirths and early neonatal deaths: Data from 7993 pregnancies in six developing countries. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 84: 699-705, 2006

    Johns B, Sigurbjornsdottir K, Fogstad H, Zupan J, Mathai M, Tan-Torres Edejer T. Estimated global resources needed to attain universal coverage of maternal and newborn health services. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 85: 256-263, 2007

    Ekström M, Nilsson R, Abel R, Mathai M, Liljestrand J. Condom - why not? Factors inhibiting condom use among men in rural and slum settings in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. National Medical Journal of India 19: 172, 2006

    Mathai M, Hofmeyr GJ. Abdominal surgical incisions for caesarean section (review) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, January 2007

    Choudhary A, Moses PD, Mony P, Mathai M. Prevalence of anaemia among adolescent girls in the urban slums of Vellore, south India. Tropical Doctor 36: 167-9, 2006
     
    Mony PK, Verghese L, Bhattacharji S, George A, Thoppuram P, Mathai M. Demography, environmental status and maternal health care in slums of Vellore town, southern India. Indian Journal of Community Medicine 31: 230-33, 2006

    Mathews JE, Rajaratnam A, George A, Mathai M. Comparison of two World Health Organization partographs. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 96: 147-150, 2007

    Mathai M, Gülmezoglu AM, Hill S. Saving women's lives: evidence based recommendations for the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 85: 322-323, 2007

    McClure EM, Goldenberg RL, Brandes N, Darmstadt GL, Wright LL; CHX Working Group, Armbruster D, Biggar R, Carpenter J, Free MJ, Mattison D, Mathai M, Moss N, Mullany LC, Schrag S, Toelsch J, Tolosa J, Wall SN Schuchat A, Smine A. The use of chlorhexidine to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in low-resource settings. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 97: 89-94, 2007

    Zhang J, Villar J, Sun W, Yu KF, Merialdi M, Abdel-Aleem H, Mathai M, Ali M, Yu KF, Zavaleta N, Purwar M, Ngoc NTN, Campódonico L, Landoulsi S, Lindheimer M & Carroli G. Blood pressure dynamics during pregnancy and spontaneous preterm birth. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 197: 162.e1-162.e6, 2007

    Hofmeyr GJ, Mathai M, Shah A, Novikova N. Techniques for caesarean section. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. Jan 2008

    Mathai E, Chandy S, Thomas K, Antoniswamy B, Joseph I, Mathai M, Sorensen TL, Holloway K. Antimicrobial resistance surveillance among commensal Escherichia coli in rural and urban areas in Southern India. Trop Med Int Health. 13:41-5, 2008

    Mathai M. The global family planning revolution: three decades of population policies and programmes. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 86:238-9; 2008

    Mathai M. Working with communities, governments and academic institutions to make pregnancy safer. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 22(3):465-76; 2008 Epub 2008 Mar 25

    Mathai M. The partograph for the prevention of obstructed labour. Clin Obstet Gynecol 2009; 52: 256-69

    Shah A, Fawole B, M'Imunya JM, Amokrane F, Nafiou I, Wolomby J-J, Mugerwa K, Neves I, Nguti R, Kublickas M, Mathai M. Cesarean delivery outcomes from the WHO Global Survey on Maternal and Perinatal Health in Africa. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2009;107:191-7

    Rasmussen SA, Jamieson DJ, Macfarlane K, Cragan JD, Williams J, Henderson Z; Pandemic Influenza and Pregnancy Working Group. Pandemic influenza and pregnant women: summary of a meeting of experts. American Journal of Public Health. 2009; 99 Suppl 2:S248-54

    Hofmeyr JG, Novikova N, Mathai M, Shah A. Techniques for cesarean section. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2009; 201: 431-444

    Natarajan SK, Thangaraj KR, Eapen CE, Ramachandran A, Mukhopadhya A, Mathai M, Seshadri L, Peedikayil A, Ramakrishna B, Balasubramanian KA. Liver injury in acute fatty liver of pregnancy: possible link to placental mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress. Hepatology. 2010;51:191-200

    Jha AK, Prasopa-Plaizier N, Larizgoitia I, Bates DW; Research Priority Setting Working Group of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety. Patient safety research: an overview of the global evidence. Qual Saf Health Care. 2010;19(1):42-7

    Gülmezoglu AM, Mathai M, Souza JP, d'Arcangues C, Mbizvo M. Misoprostol use in the community to reduce maternal death. Lancet. 2010;376: 955

    Mathai M. Alternative versus standard packages of antenatal care for low-risk pregnancy: RHL commentary. The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization.

    Holloway K, Mathai E, Gray A; Community-based surveillance of Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Resource-Constrained Settings Project Group Surveillance of community antimicrobial use in resource-constrained settings - experience from five pilot projects. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2011; 16:152-161

    Holloway K, Mathai E, Gray A; Community-based surveillance of Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Resource-Constrained Settings Project Group Surveillance of antimicrobial use in resource-constrained settings - experience from five pilot projects. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2011; 16:368-374

    Pattinson R, Kerber K, Buchmann E, Friberg IK, Belizan M, Lansky S, Weissman E, Mathai M, Rudan I, Walker N, Lawn JE; Lancet's Stillbirths Series steering committee. Stillbirths: how can health systems deliver for mothers and babies? Lancet. 2011; 377: 1610-23

    Lavender T, Omoni G, Lee K, Wakasiaka S, Watiti J, Mathai M. Student nurses experiences of using the partograph in labour wards in Kenya: A qualitative study. African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health 2011, 5: 117-122

    Mathai M. To ensure maternal mortality is reduced, quality of care needs to be monitored and improved alongside increasing skilled delivery coverage rates. BJOG 2011; 118 (Suppl. 2): 12-14

    Souza JP, Gülmezoglu AM, Carroli G, Lumbiganon P, Qureshi Z; WHOMCS Research Group. The World Health Organization multicountry survey on maternal and newborn health: study protocol. BMC Health Serv Res. 2011 Oct 26;11:286

    Spector JM, Agrawal P, Kodkany B, Lipsitz S, Lashoher A, Dziekan G, Bahl R, Merialdi M, Mathai M, Lemer C, Gawande A. Improving Quality of Care for Maternal and Newborn Health: Prospective Pilot Study of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist Program. PLoS One. 2012;7(5):e35151. Epub 2012 May 16

    Polus S, Lerberg P, Vogel J, Watananirun K, Souza JP, Mathai M, Gülmezoglu AM. Appraisal of WHO Guidelines in Maternal Health Using the AGREE II Assessment Tool. PLoS One. 2012;7(8):e38891. Epub 2012 Aug 13

    Fawole B, Nafiou I, Machoki M, Wolomby-Molondo JJ, Mugerwa K, Neves I, Amokrane F, Shah A, Souza JP, Mathai M, Gulmezoglu M. Unmet need for induction of labor in Africa: secondary analysis from the 2004 - 2005 WHO Global Maternal and Perinatal Health Survey (A cross-sectional survey). BMC Public Health. 2012 Aug 31;12(1):722

    Gabrysch S, Civitelli G, Edmond KM, Mathai M, Ali M, Bhutta ZA, Campbell OMR. (2012) New Signal Functions to Measure the Ability of Health Facilities to Provide Routine and Emergency Newborn Care. PLoS Med 9(11): e1001340. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001340

    Ameh C, Msuya S, Hofman J, Raven J, Mathai M, van den Broek N (2012) Status of emergency obstetric care in six developing countries five years before the MDG targets for maternal and newborn health. PLoS ONE 7(12): e49938. Doi:10.137/journal.pone.0049938

    von Dadelszen P, Ansermino JM, Dumont G, Hofmeyr GJ, Magee LA, Mathai M, Sawchuck D, Teela K, Donnay F, Roberts JM (2012). PRE-eclampsia-Eclampsia Monitoring, Prevention and Treatment Group. Improving maternal and perinatal outcomes in the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: a vision of a community-focused approach. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2012 Oct;119 Suppl 1:S30-4. Epub 2012 Aug 11

    Barker K, Omoni G, Wakasiaka S, Watiti J, Mathai M, Lavender T. (2013) Moving with the times' taking a glocal approach: A qualitative study of African student nurse views of e learning. Nurse Educ Today. 2013 Feb 1. doi:pii: S0260-6917(13)00002-6. 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.01.001.

    Mathews JE, Biswas B, Samuek P, Jana AK, Muliyil JP, Mathai M (2013) Retrospective cohort study comparing neonatal outcomes of women treated with glyburide or insulin in gestational diabetes - a 5 year experience in a south Indian teaching hospital. Indian Journal of Medical Sciences 2011; 65:476-81

    von Dadelszen P, Sawchuck D, Hofmeyr GJ, Magee LA, Bracken H, Mathai M, Tsigas E, Teela KC, Donnay F, Roberts JM on behalf of the PRE-EMPT Steering Committee. PRE-EMPT (PRE-eclampsia-Eclampsia Monitoring, Prevention and Treatment): a low and middle income country initiative to reduce the global burden of maternal, fetal and infant death and disease related to pre-eclampsia. Pregnancy Hypertension 2013; 3:199-202.

    Pollard SL, Mathai M, Walker N. Estimating the impact of interventions on cause-specific maternal mortality: A Delphi approach. BMC Public Health 2013, 13(Suppl 3):S12

    Souza JP, Gülmezoglu AM, Vogel J, Carroli G, Lumbiganon P, Qureshi Z, Costa MJ, Fawole B, Mugerwa Y, Nafiou I, Neves I, Wolomby-Molondo JJ, Bang HT, Cheang K, Chuyun K, Jayaratne K, Jayathilaka CA, Mazhar SB, Mori R, Mustafa ML, Pathak LR, Perera D, Rathavy T, Recidoro Z, Roy M, Ruyan P, Shrestha N, Taneepanichsku S, Tien NV, Ganchimeg T, Wehbe M, Yadamsuren B, Yan W, Yunis K, Bataglia V, Cecatti JG, Hernandez-Prado B, Nardin JM, Narváez A, Ortiz-Panozo E, Pérez-Cuevas R, Valladares E, Zavaleta N, Armson A, Crowther C, Hogue C, Lindmark G, Mittal S, Pattinson R, Stanton ME, Campodonico L, Cuesta C, Giordano D, Intarut N, Laopaiboon M, Bahl R, Martines J, Mathai M, Merialdi M, Say L. Moving beyond essential interventions for reduction of maternal mortality (the WHO Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health): a cross-sectional study. Lancet. 2013; 381:1747-55

    Lavender T, Omoni G, Lee K, Wakasiaki S, Campbell M, Watiti J, Mathai M. A pilot quasi-experimental study to determine the feasibility of implementing a partograph e-learning tool for student midwife training in Nairobi. Midwifery 2013 Aug;29(8):876-84

    Spector JM, Lashoher A, Agrawal P, Lemer C, Dziekan G, Bahl R, Mathai M, Merialdi M, Berry W, Gawande AA. Designing the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist program to improve quality of care at childbirth. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Aug;122(2):164-8.

    Mathai M, Hofmeyr GJ, Mathai NE. Abdominal surgical incisions for caesarean section. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 May 31;5:CD004453.

    Mathai M. Community-based distribution of misoprostol: is this the way forward? BJOG 2014 Feb; 121(3) 325-6

    Leitao J, Chandramohan D, Byass P, Jakob R, Bundhamcharoen K, Choprapawon C, de Savigny D, Fottrell E, França E, Froen F, Gewaifel G, Hodgson A, Hounton S, Kahn, K, Krishnan A, Kumar V, Masanja H, Nichols E, Notzon F, Rasooly MH, Sankoh O, Spiegel P, Abouzahr C, Amexo M, Kebede D, Alley WS, Marinho F, Ali M, Loyola E, Chikersal J, Gao J, Annunziata G, Bahl R, Bartolomeus K, Boerma T, Ustun B, Chou D, Muhe L, Mathai M. Revising the WHO verbal autopsy instrument to facilitate routine cause-of-death monitoring. Glob Health Action. 2013 Sep 13;6:21518. doi: 10.3402/gha.v6i0.21518

    Choulagai B, Onta S, Subedi N, Mehata S, Bhandari GP, Poudyal A, Shrestha B, Mathai M, Petzold M, Krettek A. Barriers to using skilled birth attendants' services in mid- and far-western Nepal: a cross-sectional study. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2013 Dec 23;13(1):49. doi: 10.1186/1472-698X-13-49
     
    Nair M, Yoshida S, Lambrechts T, Boschi-Pinto C, Bose K, Mason EM, Mathai M Facilitators and barriers to quality of care in maternal, newborn and child health: a global situational analysis through metareview. BMJ Open. 2014 May 22;4(5):e004749. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004749

    Souza JP, Widmer M, Gülmezoglu AM, Lawrie TA, Adejuyigbe EA, Carroli G, Crowther C, Currie SM, Dowswell T, Hofmeyr J, Lavender T, Lawn J, Mader S, Martinez FE, Mugerwa K, Qureshi Z, Silvestre MA, Soltani H, Torloni MR, Tsigas EZ, Vowles Z, Ouedraogo L, Serruya S, Al-Raiby J, Awin N, Obara H, Mathai M, Bahl R, Martines J, Ganatra B, Phillips SJ, Johnson BR, Vogel JP, Oladapo OT, Temmerman M. Maternal and perinatal health research priorities beyond 2015: an international survey and prioritization exercise. Reprod Health. 2014 Aug 7;11:61. doi: 10.1186/1742-4755-11-61

    Ota E, Ganchimeg T, Morisaki N, Vogel JP, Pileggi C, Ortiz-Panozo E, Souza JP, Mori R; WHO Multi-Country Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health Research Network. Risk factors and adverse perinatal outcomes among term and preterm infants born small-for-gestational-age: secondary analyses of the WHO Multi-Country Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health. PLoS One. 2014 Aug 13;9(8):e105155. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105155

    van den Broek N, Lewis G, Mathai M. Guest editors' choice. BJOG. 2014 Sep;121 Suppl 4:2-3.

    Lalonde A, Miller S, Hanson C, Limbu M, McConville F, Mathai M, Brown J, Bhutta Z, Keenan W, Cooper P International Federation of Gynecology And Obstetrics; International Confederation of Midwives; White Ribbon Alliance; International Pediatric Association; World Health Organization.
    Mother-baby friendly birthing facilities. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2015 Feb;128(2):95-9.

    Mathai M. How useful are national caesarean section rates for monitoring quality of perinatal care? BJOG. 2015 Mar 9. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13344.

    Mathai M, Dilip TR, Jawad I, Yoshida S Strengthening accountability to end preventable maternal death. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 2015 Oct;131 Suppl 1:S3-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2015.02.012. Epub 2015 Feb 26.

    Schneeberger C, Mathai M. Emergency obstetric care: making the impossible possible through task shifting. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 2015 Oct;131 Suppl 1:S6-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2015.02.004. Epub 2015 Feb 24.

    Tunçalp Ӧ, Were WM, MacLennan C, Oladapo OT, Gülmezoglu AM, Bahl R, Daelmans B, Mathai M, Say L, Kristensen F, Temmerman M, Bustreo F. Quality of care for pregnant women and newborns-the WHO vision. BJOG. 2015 Jul;122(8):1045-9.

    Betran AP, Torloni MR, Zhang JJ, Gülmezoglu AM; WHO Working Group on Caesarean Section. WHO Statement on caesarean section rates. BJOG. 2015 Jul 22. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13526. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26681211

    Pyone T, Dickinson F, Kerr R, Boschi-Pinto B, Mathai M, van den Broek N. Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health data collection in humanitarian and emergency settings: a systematic review. Bull World Health Organ 2015 Sep; 93:648-658

    Nair M, Baltag V, Bose K, Boschi-Pinto C, Lambrechts T, Mathai M. Improving the quality of healthcare services for adolescents, globally: a standards-driven approach. Journal of Adolescent Health 2015; 57:288-298

    Dickson KE, Kinney MV, Moxon SG, Ashton J, Zaka N, Simen-Kapeu A, Sharma G, Kerber KJ, Daelmans B, Gülmezoglu A, Mathai M, Nyange C, Baye M, Lawn JE. Scaling up quality care for mothers and newborns around the time of birth: an overview of methods and analyses of intervention-specific bottlenecks and solutions. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015;15 Suppl 2:S1. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-15-S2-S1. Epub 2015 Sep 11

    Sharma G, Mathai M, Dickson KE, Weeks A, Hofmeyr G, Lavender T, Day L, Mathews J, Fawcus S, Simen-Kapeu A, de Bernis L. Quality care during labour and birth: a multi-country analysis of health system bottlenecks and potential solutions. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015;15 Suppl 2:S2. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-15-S2-S2. Epub 2015 Sep 11

    Liu G, Segrè J, Gülmezoglu A, Mathai M, Smith JM, Hermida J, Simen-Kapeu A, Barker P, Jere M, Moses E, Moxon SG, Dickson KE, Lawn JE, Althabe F; Working Group for the UN Commission of Life Saving Commodities Antenatal Corticosteroids. Antenatal corticosteroids for management of preterm birth: a multi-country analysis of health system bottlenecks and potential solutions. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015;15 Suppl 2:S3. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-15-S2-S3. Epub 2015 Sep

    Moxon SG, Ruysen H, Kerber KJ, Amouzou A, Fournier S, Grove J, Moran AC, Vaz LM, Blencowe H, Conroy N, Gülmezoglu A, Vogel JP, Rawlins B, Sayed R, Hill K, Vivio D, Qazi SA, Sitrin D, Seale AC, Wall S, Jacobs T, Ruiz Peláez J, Guenther T, Coffey PS, Dawson P, Marchant T, Waiswa P, Deorari A, Enweronu-Laryea C, Arifeen S, Lee AC, Mathai M, Lawn JE. Count every newborn; a measurement improvement roadmap for coverage data. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015;15 Suppl 2:S8. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-15-S2-S8. Epub 2015 Sep 11.

    Kerber KJ, Mathai M, Lewis G, Flenady V, Erwich JJ, Segun T, Aliganyira P, Abdelmegeid A, Allanson E, Roos N, Rhoda N, Lawn JE, Pattinson R. Counting every stillbirth and neonatal death through mortality audit to improve quality of care for every pregnant woman and her baby. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015;15 Suppl 2:S9. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-15-S2-S9. Epub 2015 Sep 11

    Bonet M, Oladapo OT, Khan DN, Mathai M, Gülmezoglu AM. New WHO guidance on prevention and treatment of maternal peripartum infections. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Sep 28. pii: S2214-109X(15)00213-2. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00213-2

    Chou D, Daelmans B, Jolivet RR, Kinney M, Say L; Every Newborn Action Plan
    (ENAP) and Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) working groups. Ending preventable maternal and newborn mortality and stillbirths. BMJ. 2015 Sep 14;351:h4255. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h4255. Review. PubMed PMID: 26371222

    Lawn JE, Blencowe H, Waiswa P, Amouzou A, Mathers C, Hogan D, Flenady V, Frøen JF, Qureshi ZU, Calderwood C, Shiekh S, Jassir FB, You D, McClure EM, Mathai M, Cousens S. Stillbirths: data for accelerating progress towards 2030. Lancet. 2016, 387: 587-603 Jan 18. pii: S0140-6736(15)00837-5. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00837-5. [Epub ahead of print]

    de Bernis L, Kinney MV, Stones W, ten Hoope-Bender P, Vivio D, Leisher SH, Bhutta ZA, Gülmezoglu M, Mathai M, Belizán JM, Franco L, McDougall L, Zeitlin J, Malata A, Dickson KE, Lawn JE. Stillbirths: ending preventable deaths by 2030. Lancet. 2016 Jan 18. pii:S0140-6736(15)00954-X. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00954-X. [Epub ahead of print]

    Betran AP, Torloni MR, Zhang JJ, Gülmezoglu AM; WHO Working Group on Caesarean Section. WHO Statement on caesarean section rates. BJOG. 2015 Jul 22. doi:10.1111/1471-0528.13526. [Epub ahead of print]

    Allanson E, Tunçalp Ö, Gardosi J, Pattinson RC, Erwich JJ, Flenady VJ, Frøen JF, Neilson J, Chou D, Mathai M, Say L, Gülmezoglu M. Classifying the causes of perinatal death. Bull World Health Organ. 2016 Feb 1;94(2):79-79A. doi: 10.2471/BLT.15.168047

    Premkumar P; Antonisamy B; Mathews J; Benjamin S; Regi A; Jose R; Kuruvilla A; Mathai M, Birth weight centiles for gestational age for twins born in south India. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 2016 Mar 24; Vol. 16 (1), pp. 64

    Allanson ER, Tunçalp Ӧ, Gardosi J, Pattinson RC, Francis A, Vogel JP, Erwich J, Flenady VJ, Frøen JF, Neilson J, Quach A, Chou D, Mathai M, Say L, Gülmezoglu AM. Optimising the International Classification of Diseases to identify the maternal condition in the case of perinatal death. BJOG. 2016 Aug 16. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14246. [Epub ahead of print]

    Allanson ER, Vogel JP, Tunçalp Ӧ, Gardosi J, Pattinson RC, Francis A, Erwich J, Flenady VJ, Frøen JF, Neilson J, Quach A, Chou D, Mathai M, Say L, Gülmezoglu AM. Application of ICD-PM to preterm-related neonatal deaths in the UK and South Africa. BJOG. 2016 Aug 16. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14245. [Epub ahead of print]

    Allanson ER, Tunçalp Ö, Gardosi J, Pattinson RC, Francis A, Vogel JP, Erwich J, Flenady VJ, Frøen JF, Neilson J, Quach A, Chou D, Mathai M, Say L, Gülmezoglu AM. The WHO application of ICD-10 to deaths during the perinatal period: ICD-PM: results from pilot database testing in South Africa and United Kingdom. BJOG. 2016 Aug 16. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14244. [Epub ahead of print]

    Allanson ER, Tunçalp Ӧ, Gardosi J, Pattinson RC, Vogel JP, Erwich J, Flenady VJ, Frøen JF, Neilson J, Quach A, Francis A, Chou D, Mathai M, Say L, Gülmezoglu AM. Giving a voice to millions: developing the WHO application of ICD-10 to deaths during the perinatal period: ICD-PM. BJOG. 2016 Aug 16. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14243. [Epub ahead of print]

    Roos N, Tunçalp Ö, Kerber K, Allanson E, Costello A, Askew I, Mathai M. Learning from every stillbirth and neonatal death. Lancet. 2016 Aug 20;388:741-743.

    Singh NS, Huicho L, Afnan-Holmes H, John T, Moran AC, Colbourn T, Grundy C, Matthews Z, Maliqi B, Mathai M, Daelmans B, Requejo J, Lawn JE, on behalf of the Countdown to 2015 Health Systems and Policies Technical Working Group. Countdown to 2015 country case studies: systematic tools to address the “black box” of health systems and policy assessment. BMC Public Health 2016, 16(Suppl 2):790

    Metcalfe A, Mathai M, Liu S, Leon JA, Joseph KS. Proportion of neonatal readmission attributed to length of stay for childbirth: a population-based cohort study. BMJ Open. 2016 Sep 14;6(9):e012007. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012007.

    Neal S, Mahendra S, Bose K, Camacho AV, Mathai M, Nove A, Santana F, Matthews Z. The causes of maternal mortality in low and middle income countries: a systematic review of the literature. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 Nov 11;16(1):352

    Bandali S, Thomas C , Hukin E, Matthews Z, Mathai M, Dilip TR, Roos N, Lawley R, Igado O, Hulton L. Maternal Death Surveillance and Response Systems in driving accountability and influencing change, Int J Gynecol Obstet (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgo.2016.10.002

    Bellizzi, S, Sobel, HL, Mathai, M, Temmerman, M. Does place and attendance at birth improve early neonatal mortality? Secondary analysis of nine Demographic and Health Surveys. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology BJOG Nov 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.14422

    Madaj B, Smith H, Mathai M, Roos N, van den Broek N. Developing global indicators for quality of maternal and newborn care: a feasibility assessment. Bull World Health Organ. 2017 Jun 1;95(6):445-452I. doi: 10.2471/BLT.16.179531

    Smith H, Ameh C, Roos N, Mathai M, van den Broek N. Implementing maternal death surveillance and response: a review of lessons from country case studies Smith et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2017) 17:233 DOI 10.1186/s12884-017-1405-6

    Perry WRG, Bagheri Nejad S, Tuomisto K, Kara N, Roos N, Dilip TR, Hirschhorn LR, Larizgoitia I, Semarau K, Mathai M, Dhingra-Kumar N. Implementing the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist: lessons from a global collaboration. BMJ Glob Health 2017;2:e000241. doi:10.1136/ bmjgh-2016-000241

    Smith H, Ameh C, Godia P, Mua J, Amoth P, Mathai M, van den Broek N. Implementing Maternal Death Surveillance and Response in Kenya: Incremental Progress and Lessons Learned. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017 Sep 28;5(3):345-354. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-17-00130

    India State-level Disease Burden Initiative Collaborators. Nations within a nation: variations in epidemiological transition across the states of India, 1990-2016 in the Global Burden of Disease Study. Lancet Published online November 14, 2017 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32804-0

    Smith H, Ameh C, Godia P, Maua J, Bartilol K, Amoth P, Mathai M, van den Broek N. Authors' Response to Editorial: Maternal Death Surveillance and Response: A Tall Order for Effectiveness in Resource-Poor Settings. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017 Dec 28;5(4):697-698.

    Mathai M. To reduce maternal mortality, we must know and respond to women’s personal stories. BJOG DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.15145

    CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOOKS:
    WHO Publications:

    Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A guide for midwives and doctors (2000)(major contributor)

    Surgical Care at the District Hospital (2003) (contributed the obstetric section)

    Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A guide for essential practice (2003)

    WHO Recommendations for the Prevention of Postpartum Haemorrhage (2007)

    WHO Recommendations for the Management of Postpartum Haemorrhage and Retained Placenta (2009)

    WHO Recommendations for Induction of Labour (2010)

    WHO Recommendations for the Prevention and Management of Preeclampsia and Eclampsia (2011)

    WHO Recommendations for the Prevention and Management of Postpartum Haemorrhage (2012)

    Optimizing health worker roles to improve access to maternal and newborn health interventions through task shifting (2012)

    WHO Recommendations on Postnatal Care for the mother and the newborn (2013)

    Maternal Death Surveillance and Response Technical guidance: Information for Action to Prevent Maternal Deaths (2013)

    WHO Recommendations on Augmentation of Labour (2014)

    WHO Recommendations for Prevention and Treatment of Maternal Peripartum Infections (2015)

    WHO Recommendations on Interventions to Improve Preterm Birth Outcomes (2015)

    Making every baby count: audit and review of stillbirths and neonatal deaths (2016)

    The WHO application of ICD-10 to deaths in the perinatal period: ICD-PM (2016)

    Time to respond: a global report on the implementation of maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) (2016)

    WHO Recommendations on Antenatal Care for a positive pregnancy experience (2016)

    Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A guide for midwives and doctors 2nd edition (2017)

    Publications of the Christian Medical College, Vellore:

    Text Book of Progressive General Practice (2001)

    (Sections include Intrauterine growth retardation, Cardiac disease in pregnancy, Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, Prenatal diagnosis, and Antepartum & intrapartum fetal monitoring
    Hospital Infection Control Manual (2003)

    Guidelines for Antibiotic Use (2003)

    HIV - Management Guidelines (2003)

    Other Publishers

    International Maternal Health 1994: Eds: Bergstrom S, Molin A: Chapter on The First Referral Level. University of Uppsala, Sweden 1994

    Principles and Practice of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Postgraduates. Eds : Buckshee K,

    Patwardhan VB, Soonawala RP. Chapter on "Jaundice in Pregnancy" pp 73-77; A FOGSI publication : Jaypee Brothers, Delhi, 1996

    Recent Advances in Obstetrics and Gynaecology – 2 Ed : Dasgupta S. Chapter on "Multifetal pregnancy: an update" pp 12-18; Jaypee Brothers, Delhi, 1996

    Medical Disorders in Pregnancy. Eds: Desai P & Patel P. "Non-nutritional anaemias in pregnancy" pp 291-300; Jaypee Brothers, Delhi, 2001

    The Low Birth Weight Baby. Eds: Tambyraja RL, Mongelli M. Chapter on "Cost-effective monitoring of the growth restricted fetus" pp 10-20; Orient Longman, Chennai, 2002

    Principles and Practice of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Postgraduates 2nd edition. Eds: Saraiya UB, Rao KA, Chatterjee A: "Jaundice in Pregnancy" pp 76-80, Jaypee Brothers, Delhi, 2003

    Essentials of Obstetrics. Eds: Arulkumaran S, Sivanesaratnam V, Chatterjee A, Kumar P. Chapter on “Prolonged Pregnancy” pp 234-238, Jaypee Brothers, Delhi, 2004

    The Pacific Emergency Maternal and Newborn Training Manual. Eds: Ekeroma A, Mathai M. Pacific Society for Reproductive Health, Auckland, 2015

    The FIGO Textbook of Pregnancy Hypertension: an evidence based guide to monitoring, prevention and management. Eds: Magee LA, von Dadelszen P, Stones W, Mathai M. Global Library of Women’s Medicine, London, 2016