Development, feasibility, and evaluation of an antenatal care package to increase antenatal contacts and improve perinatal outcomes

This workstream will support the development, feasibility and evaluation of an antenatal care  intervention, including introduction of the Pregnancy and Newborn Diagnostic Assessment (PANDA) e-health system, alongside respectful care training, previously developed by the research team, to improve access to antenatal care and clinical outcomes. PANDA provides standardised antenatal visit information, identifies women at risk of complications and allows remote supervision. Its pictorial design encourages active participation in visits and learning about birth preparedness and complication readiness.

With the support of the workstream leads and supervisory team, the successful candidate will develop an independent study contributing to the workstream aims.    

Where does the project lie on the translational pathway: T2(human/clinical research) - T3 (evidence into practice)

Workstream outputs: We will determine whether a care package incorporating respectful care training and the PANDA device can a) increase the number of antenatal visits, b) reduce severe maternal/neonatal morbidity and mortality, c) increase maternal engagement and satisfaction, d) increase health provider satisfaction, and e) be cost effective.

Training opportunities: Applied health research, experience and understanding of complex intervention development and testing, including clinical trials. Qualitative and quantitative research methods. Community engagement and involvement.

Skills required: Understanding of current context of antenatal care in Tanzania, midwifery or nursing background would be desirable. Previous experience of qualitative research methods and clinical trials would be an asset. Strong communication and organisational skills.     

Contact: Prof Dame Tina Lavender

If you would like further information or an informal discussion prior to submitting your application please email the named contact

Application Closing date: 30thSeptember 2021, 12 noon UK time

Interested in Applying for this Opportunity? – Further details including Application process can be found here.