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Maternal Infections

The third online training course in the field of maternal and perinatal health by MHTF/OMPHI/GFMER/TGHN

An interactive course for health professionals

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About the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)

The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is a project of the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. This project aims to create a strong, well-informed and integrated community with equitable access to high-quality technical evidence that is critical in eliminating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide.

About the Oxford Maternal & Perinatal Health Institute (OMPHI)

The Oxford Maternal & Perinatal Health Institute (OMPHI) aims to bring together world experts to resolve priority maternal and perinatal health problems. OMPHI engages medical researchers, social scientists and health management experts in major issues affecting the health of mothers and newborn babies, particularly in resource-poor settings.

About The Global Health Network (TGHN)

The Global Health Network is an online hub joining together a collection of over 28 websites to support research by sharing knowledge and methods across staff levels, communities, regions, diseases and disciplines of global health. Each website has been established to create a subject specific online community of researchers who can build collaborations, develop documents, share resources and exchange information regardless of geographical, institutional or financial barriers. The result is a productive, interactive environment where research teams are accessing peers, generating research documents, acquiring technical expertise and developing new protocols in open collaboration to improve research outputs.

The Global Health Training Centre is the Network’s central hub for all research staff training and continued professional development needs. The Training Centre brings together a wealth of training materials from across The Global Health Network, collaborating organisations, institutions and networks, and from reliable internet sources.

About the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER)

Established in 2002, the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) is a non-profit organisation and WHO collaborating centre in education and research in human reproduction. The overall objective of the Foundation is to provide various education and research programs to health professionals worldwide. Through its international network and partners the Foundation actively contributes to promoting and disseminating evidence-based knowledge to health professionals worldwide.

MHTF/OMPHI/GHN/GFMER Joint Initiatives

Since 2010, OMPHI, MHTF and GFMER have been working together to produce e-learning materials in the field of maternal and perinatal health. They have already produced two online training courses entitled “The evidence-based management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia” and “The evidence-based management of Postpartum haemorrhage”. These two modules have been disseminated to health professionals worldwide, through the joint efforts of collaborating partners.

In reference to the significant achievement in disseminating evidence-based knowledge and the high demand for similar courses, MHTF /OMPHI/TGHN/GFMER developed a third e-learning module on Maternal infections, that is one of the six major causes of maternal death worldwide.

Advisory group

  • Ana Langer, MD
    Director, Women and Health Initiative / Director, Maternal Health Task Force / Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, US
  • José Villar, MD, MPH, MSc, FRCOG
    Professor of Perinatal Medicine, Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford, UK
  • Aldo Campana, MD
    Emeritus Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva / Director, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Switzerland

Editorial team

  • Karim Abawi, MD, MSc
    Project Manager, Education & Research, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Switzerland
  • Bonventure Ameyo Masakhwe, MD
    Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Kenya
  • Raqibat Idris, MD
    Technical Officer, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Switzerland
  • Lynn Gertiser, Public Health Nurse, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Master’s Degree in Science
    Technical Officer, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Switzerland
  • Irina Mogilevkina, MD
    Professor, Odessa National Medical University, Ukraine

Application developers

  • Liam Boggs
    Training Manager, The Global Health Network Centre for Tropical Medicine & Global Health, University of Oxford, UK
  • Karen Bird
    Training Assistant, The Global Health Network Centre for Tropical Medicine & Global Health, University of Oxford, UK


  • Annie Kearns, MSc
    Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US
  • Francis Githae Muriithi, MBChB, MMed (O&G)
    Clinical Research Fellow & Honorary Specialist Registrar, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology & The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
  • Halle-Ekane Edie Gregory, MD
    Professor, Vice-Dean for Research and Cooperation, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon / Senior Consultant Obstetrician - Gynecologist, General Hospital Douala, Cameroon / Country Coordinator: Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
  • Jane Hirst, MD
    Nuffield Medical Fellow & Locum Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, OUH NHS Trust University of Oxford, UK
  • Jesus Roberto Villagrana-Zesati, MD
    Gynecologist and obstetrician, Infectologist, Professor and Researcher in Medical Sciences and Master of Science, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Khalifa Elmusharaf, MBBS, PgDip, FRSPH, PhD
    Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland -RCSI Bahrain
  • Madhuri Chandra, MD
    Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Coordinator Medical Education Unit, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India / Chairperson HIV AIDS Committee, Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI)
  • Malik Goonewardene, MBBS, MS Obst & Gynae, Hon MSG, FSLCOG, FRCOG
    Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Teaching Hospital, Mahamodera, Galle, Sri Lanka / Senior Professor & Head, Department of Obst & Gynae, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
  • Petrus Steyn, MD
    Scientist, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Prachi Renjhen, MD
    Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, SHKM Govt.Medical College Nuh,Haryana, India
  • Rima Jolivet, CNM, MSN, DrPH
    Maternal Health Consultant, Maternal Health Taskforce, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US
  • Jean Pierre Coulaud, MD
    Professeur honoraire de Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Université Paris VII, France
  • Antonio Carlos Gerbase, MD, MSc
    Director, HIV/AIDS / Consultant, WHO and PAHO / Consultant, Health Ministry of Brazil / Guest Lecturer, Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Institute, Portugal
  • Mahmoud A. Abdel-Aleem, MD
    Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Health Centre, Assiut University, Egypt

About the development of this course

The development of this course was motivated by the feedback received from health professionals participating in the previous e-Learning courses on pre-eclampsia & eclampsia and postpartum haemorrhage, demanding for a similar course on maternal infections.

How to get the most from the course

Thank you for taking this course. We hope you enjoy it and find it useful. You are required to make an account, using your email and a password, with the Global Health Network in order to access the modules and take the quizzes. We suggest you go through the modules in order. We have integrated a number of knowledge tests within each module to ensure interactive involvement from each participant. Follow the instructions on the screen and click all the relevant links so you do not miss out on anything!

In each module you will find a link to key documents and articles if you click on the reference button.

The last part of the Course is the knowledge assessment “Final Quiz”. You are invited to complete the final quiz. The participants who correctly answer at least 80% of the multiple choice questions are entitled to a course certificate from the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Oxford, Harvard Maternal Health Taskforce, The Global Health Network and the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

Course contents

  • Module 1. Maternal infections, general overview
  • Module 2. HIV /AIDS in pregnancy
  • Module 3. Urinary tract infections in pregnancy
  • Module 4. Maternal sepsis
  • Module 5. Maternal syphilis
  • Module 6. Maternal malaria
  • Final Quiz

The time to complete the course and knowledge assessment is on average seven hours.

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