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LSTM/RCOG International Partnership

The RCOG and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) work together through the LSTM/RCOG International Partnership. Our mission is to respond to the health needs of women during pregnancy, and the needs of the unborn child, in the poorest communities in the world.

We aim to work in partnership with national governments and other healthcare providers to promote improved sexual and reproductive health.


The LSTM/RCOG strategy sets out specific objectives to help us achieve our goals:

  • To identify and prioritise needs in sexual and reproductive health in developing/resource poor countries, with a focus on maternal and neonatal health
  • To establish active and genuine collaborations inclusive of other professionals involved in promoting sexual and reproductive health internationally, especially midwives
  • To develop and strengthen the capacity of existing health systems in developing/resource poor countries to meet demand and provide a standard of care that will improve the health of women and the newborn child
  • Where effective interventions are known, carry out operational research to generate evidence on best practice
  • To develop and test new interventions and generate an evidence base for future implementations
  • To encourage and work with national governments and local health care providers to implement scale-up plans
  • To establish and maintain active links with international health policy makers
  • To work towards financial sustainability of international partnership activities
  • The Partnership’s Management Group sets the strategic direction and takes the lead in defining and shaping the strategy, with responsibility for overseeing its implementation at an operational level as well as monitoring achievement of its objectives

Projects and activities

Life Saving Skills – Essential Obstetric Care and Newborn Care Course

In conjunction with the LSTM, we have developed a standardised training package to help reduce maternal and newborn mortality in under-resourced countries.

Diploma in Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

The 12-week Diploma in Reproductive Health in Developing Countries runs from January to March each year, focusing on reproductive health and mataernal and newborn health. The course is taught in Liverpool and accredited by the RCOG.

Masters programmes in International Public Health

LSTM also offers the following MSc programmes in international public health:

  • MSc International Public Health
  • MSc International Public Health (Humanitarian Assistance)
  • MSc International Public Health (Planning & Management)
  • MSc International Public Health (Sexual & Reproductive Health)

Elsewhere on the site

Global health community
Find out about the work of our Fellows, Members and Trainees across the world, and how you can get involved
Support our work
Find out how you can help support the RCOG’s work to tackle maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide