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Dr Jenny Hall
  • Principal Research Associate
  • Reproductive Health
  • Inst for Women's Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

After medical school and clinical jobs Dr Jennifer Hall specialised in public health working mainly on sexual, reproductive and maternal health in London and the south east of England. She is a former student of the department, having completed the intercalated international health BSc at University College London in 2003-4. She achieved a distinction in her Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2009.  After 15 months working as a health adviser for the UK's Department for International Development, both in London and in Burma, she joined UCL as a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow in the Institute for Global Health / Institute for Women's Health.  Her PhD is in reproductive, maternal and neonatal health in collaboration with the MaiMwana Project in Malawi.  Specifically she is looking at the relationships between pregnancy intention and maternal and neonatal health outcomes.

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Research Summary

Understanding the relationships between the degree of pregnancy intention and key neonatal and maternal outcomes in the Mchinji District of Malawi.

This project will translate and validate the LMUP in the Chichewa language for use in the Mchinji District of Malawi.  Using the local demographic surveillance system, four thousand pregnant women will be recruited during 2013 and will be interviewed at home twice.  At the first interview, during pregnancy, basic socio-economic and demographic data will be collected and the LMUP administered.  The women will be followed up 4-6 weeks post-partum where further information on the pregnancy, birth and health of the woman and baby will be collected and anthropometric measurements taken.  This data will be analysed to explore the relationships between pregnancy intention, preventative and care-seeking behaviours during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period and key neonatal and maternal health outcomes such as birth weight, neonatal mortality and post-partum depression.

At the same time qualitative work will be undertaken to assess the current family planning situation in Malawi and Mchinji. Malawi’s 2009 sexual and reproductive health policy outlines the challenges of ‘early and unwanted pregnancies’ and places family planning as its number one priority.  By exploring the implementation of policy and the attitudes and experiences of communities, this research will consider the ways in which the unmet need for family planning in Malawi can be reduced by actions at community, health service, district and national levels.

Teaching Summary

Dr Jennifer Hall has co-run the Global Maternal and Child Health module at UCL's IGH for undergraduate students since 2012, having been involved in the module for the two years prior to that.  The module aims to take a life-course approach to global maternal and child health introducing students to the key topics from newborn care through adolescence to reproductive and maternal health.  Underlying determinants such as women's empowerment, education, gender and poverty run through the module as does developing an understanding of the political context of policy making in this area.  In addition Dr Hall has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate theses and facilitated seminars on other modules. 

Academic Background
2015 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology University College London
2005 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Clinical Medicine University of Manchester
2005 MSc Master of Science – Public Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2004 BSc Bachelor of Science – Health Studies University College London
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