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Nanna Maaløe

Nanna Maaløe


Nanna Maaløe graduated as a medical doctor in 2011 from University of Copenhagen and is currently specializing in Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Hvidovre University Hospital, Denmark. Simultaneously, she holds a part time research position at the Global Health Section, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Nanna Maaløe defended her PhD, the ‘PartoMa I study’, in January 2019. The implementation research took place at the tertiary Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The objective was to create locally acceptable, achievable and applicable intrapartum clinical guidance and associated in-house training for birth attendants at the high-volume, low-resource maternity unit. The intervention’s pathway to possible effects on quality of care and survival at birth was analysed, and the results were promising.

In 2018, Nanna Maaløe and colleagues were granted 1.84 million USD from Danida Fellowship Centre to conduct a 5-year research project, the ‘PartoMa II study’, which is based on her PhD research. The overall aim is to assess whether the PartoMa intervention of clinical guidance and training can be replicated at scale for improved maternal and perinatal health, and whether the process can serve as pre-service training of health students and as a model for other areas of health care. The current PartoMa research commenced in April 2019. More information can be found at the study website (

In 2009-2011, Nanna Maaløe carried out research in the rural Kagera region of Tanzania on quality of emergency obstetric care preceding caesarean sections. She has wide experience in dealing with the special clinical challenges typically found in low-income countries, and with pre- and post-graduate teaching in the field of international reproductive health.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Effect of locally tailored labour management guidelines on intrahospital stillbirths and birth asphyxia at the referral hospital of Zanzibar: a quasi-experimental pre-post study (The PartoMa study)

    Maaløe, N., Housseine, N., Meguid, T., Nielsen, B. B., Jensen, A. K. G., Khamis, R. S., Mohamed, A. G., Ali, M. M., Said, S. M., van Roosmalen, J. & Bygbjerg, I. C., Jan 2018, In : B J O G. 125, 2, p. 235–245 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Labour management guidelines for a Tanzanian referral hospital: The participatory development process and birth attendants' perceptions

    Maaløe, N., Housseine, N., van Roosmalen, J., Bygbjerg, I. C., Tersbøl, B. P., Khamis, R. S., Nielsen, B. B. & Meguid, T., 7 Jun 2017, In : B M C Pregnancy and Childbirth. 17, p. 1-11 11 p., 175.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Stillbirths and quality of care during labour at the low resource referral hospital of Zanzibar: a case-control study

    Maaløe, N., Housseine, N., Bygbjerg, I. C., Meguid, T., Khamis, R. S., Mohamed, A. G., Nielsen, B. B. & van Roosmalen, J., 10 Nov 2016, In : B M C Pregnancy and Childbirth. 16, p. 1-12 351.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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