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Join Teesta Dey and Amber Wilson as they chat to a host of International Maternal and Newborn Health Specialists in this fun and friendly podcast to share their stories and most importantly learn from colleagues across the globe

First Series: "SideStepping Covid: Keeping Research on Track"
Second Series: "Hear Her: Pioneers in International Health"

Keep the conversation going on TWITTER and FACEBOOK @SanyuSisters and INSTAGRAM @SanyuSistersPodcast
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"Hear Her" Episode 6 - Veronique Filippi
Join Teesta & Amber, the Sanyu Sisters for one final time in the "Hear Her" series. This months trailblazing women is Veronique Filippi, who works at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Highly esteemed in her career and Professor of Maternal Health & Epidemiology, hear how Veronique's personal life brought her to the U.K which led to many doors opening, leading to her current position. Her work on near miss and measuring maternal mortality is inspiring for all ages, professions and career stages. We can't wait for you to hear. Join us on Twitter @ Sanyusisters or Instagram/ Facebook @sanyusisterspodcast and let us know what you thought of this episode! 
October 12, 2021
"Hear Her' Episode 5- Vanessa Brizuela
Vanessa Brizuela is a technical officer in the Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research at WHO. She and her team are leading efforts on research capacity strengthening in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Vanessa started her career in Argentina as a licensed psychologist; however she has always had a passion for global maternal and newborn health. She has coordinated a host of sexual and reproductive education programmes in New York, the Caribbean and Buenos Aires. She holds a Doctorate in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Join the SanyuSisters as we chat to Vanessa and learn about her journey into International health. 
September 08, 2021
"Hear Her" Episode 4 - Wendy Graham
Join the Sanyu Sisters as they sit down with the wonderful Wendy Graham. Wendy is a professor of Obstetric Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine(LSHTM) and Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen. Wendy shares pivotal moments in her career, some of her proudest achievements and a few things she has learned along the way.  Be sure to check it out and share with others who may also enjoy You can let the Sanyu Sisters know your thoughts and they will be sharing more of their thoughts throughout the month on Twitter @sanyusisters FB/ IG @sanyusisterspodcast  Youtube : Sanyu Sisters
August 03, 2021
"Hear Her" Episode 3- Franka Cadee
We’re halfway through our second series! Join the SanyuSisters👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏼‍⚕️ for Episode 3 as we chat to the inspiring Franka Cadee; President of International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). She is a midwife and advisor on international maternal health with over 30 years of expertise in strategy, policy developments, advocacy and leadership! Hear how Franka has forged her journey in international maternal and newborn health. We can't wait to hear what you think!
July 06, 2021
"Hear Her" Episode 2 - Tina Lavender
Join the Sanyu Sisters as they chat with Dame Professor Tina Lavender. Tina is Professor of Maternal and Newborn health and director of a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre. Tina's career has focused on building the research capacity of midwives and developing the Lugina Africa Midwives Research Network(LAMRN) to improve evidence-based practices, with a focus on still birth and respectful care. Some of her other accolades include Visiting Professor at the University of Nairobi, Director of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on the Prevention and Management of Stillbirth, working in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also the Associate Editor of the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. Join us in this episode as we hear how Tina's career has been journeyed, her proudest projects and the challenges that she has overcome to get to where she has. We hope you enjoy it!  Let us know what you think on Facebook/ Twitter @sanyusisters or Instagram @sanyusisterspodcast.  To follow more of Tina's work @DameTina1
June 01, 2021
"Hear Her" Episode 1- Lenka Benova
The Sanyu Sisters are Back! Join us for our very first episode of Series 2 as we chat to the inspiring Lenka Benova; Professor of Maternal Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) Antwerp. From business management to project coordination for Médecins Sans Frontières in Nigeria, Palestine and South Sudan, Lenka saw first hand the impact that socioeconomic inequity has on health. Motivated to learn more, she holds 2 Masters degrees in Middle East Studies and Demography as well as a PhD in Population Studies from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine. She is passionate about maternal and newborn care and in particular understanding postnatal care provision in health facilities. Hear how Lenka has forged her journey in international maternal and newborn health. We can't wait to hear what you think!
May 04, 2021
Episode 10 - Sidestepping COVID; The Path Discovered
Join Teesta & Amber for the final episode of their very first series; Sidestepping COVID; Keeping Research on Track.  They take a look back at the path which has been discovered during COVID 19. A summary of key lessons learnt, opportunities presented and how we can carry this forward in all aspects of our work. This episode shines spotlight on some of the series highlights and is a great taster, if you've yet to check out some of their previous episodes.  Do let us know what you think on TWITTER @sanyusisters and INSTAGRAM @sanyusisterspodcast.  And be sure to make sure you are following these accounts to stay up to date with their next series. 
February 03, 2021
Episode 9- Cost of Covid
Join the SanyuSisters 👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏼‍⚕️ for Episode 9 where we chat to Adura Banke-Thomas an expert in health financing from London School of Economics. Adura will be sharing his insights on the impact the pandemic has had, on financing for global maternal and newborn health. This episode forms part of our first series uncovering how specialists in maternal and newborn health have sidestepped COVID to keep their work on track.
January 20, 2021
Episode 8 - Safeguarding SRH
Join the Sanyu Sisters and Dr Benjamin Black for Episode 8 of 'Sidestepping COVID; Keeping Research on Track'.  A consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, Benjamin holds a specific interest in how to respond to the sexual and reproductive health needs of populations living in remote, resource-poor and humanitarian-emergency settings. His passion to understand more about the world we live in has led him to travel widely across Asia and Africa. He has worked with academic, international and local organisations in some of the world’s most challenging environments. He has provided assistance on the Thai-Burmese Border, East Timor, Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Central African Republic and South Sudan and he also worked in the response to the West African Ebola epidemic. Join us as we discuss how we can safeguard sexual and reproductive health amidst a pandemic.  Let us know what you thought on Twitter @sanyusisters or Instagram @sanyusisterspodcast
January 13, 2021
Episode 7- Establishing Engagement
Join the Sanyu Sisters 👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏼‍⚕️  for Episode 7 as we chat to Meghan Kumar about Establishing Engagement to advance global maternal and newborn health during the pandemic. Meghan is an Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has been based out of Nairobi in Kenya since 2011. She has a huge wealth of experience of mixed methods research in multiple low- and middle-income countries and is currently working within the NEST 360 partnership. We cant wait to share her top tips on building new connections and collaborations to aid in sharing knowledge during the pandemic. Please do share any questions/comments you have on our Twitter Page @SanyuSisters or Instagram @SanyuSistersPodcast! We cant wait to hear them!
January 06, 2021
Episode 6 - Sharing Knowledge
Join the SanyuSisters as we chat to Ashish K.C all about how he has side-stepped COVID to keep his research on track and share knowledge during a global pandemic. Ashish is a perinatal epidemiologist and went on to complete a doctoral degree in neonatology. He has a wide range of experience and has previously been technical advisor to Save the Children and UNICEF over the last 15 years. He is currently based in Uppsala University, Sweden and has worked within the research field for many years both leading and supporting several large trials based in Nepal.   Ashish has published in many journals and more recently in Lancet Global Health: KC, A., Gurung, R., Kinney, M., Sunny, A., Moinuddin, M. et al.(2020). Effect of the COVID-19 pandemic response on intrapartum care, stillbirth, and neonatal mortality outcomes in Nepal: a prospective observational study. We are delighted to be able to chat with Ashish and hear how he has navigated the  sharing of research findings both within the academic community and study participants etc If you've enjoyed this episode of Sanyu Sisters Podcast please do share the link  or social media pages with colleagues, friends and family. 
December 16, 2020
Episode 5- Study Recruitment
Join the SanyuSisters as we chat to Alice Beardmore-Gray all about how she has side-stepped COVID to keep her research on track and continue study recruitment during the pandemic Alice is a fellow Obstetrics trainee and in her third year of her PhD at Kings College London. She is currently based in Zambia as the trial manager of the CRADLE 4 study which is recruiting in India and Zambia and aims to find out when is the best time to deliver women with pre-eclampsia between 34 and 37 weeks of pregnancy. She is passionate about global maternal and newborn health research and has previously worked as an NHS Improving Global Health Fellow in South Africa and a research associate in Rwanda. We cant wait to hear her insights
December 09, 2020
Episode 4 - Study Management
Join Sanyu Sisters Teesta & Amber as they chat with Nashna Maharjan. Nashna is a public health researcher based in Nepal with a focus on Maternal Health. She shares her experiences of ongoing study management during COVID 19, and the ups and down's of pressing forward in a challenging time.  Not one to be missed!  Please share your feedback with us on Twitter @sanyusisters, Instagram @sanyusisterspodcast or via email
December 02, 2020
Episode 3- Supervision
Join the SanyuSisters as we chat to the brilliant Professor Andrew Weeks to give a supervisors perspective on how supervision has been maintained during the pandemic! Andrew is a Professor of International maternal  health at the University of Liverpool. He is a highly experienced clinical trialist and the director of both the Sanyu Research Unit and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Research Synthesis. He is currently working on over £10million worth of innovative CTIMP and non-CTIMP projects committed to improving pregnancy outcomes and clinical care worldwide, particularly in poorer settings. And if that wasn’t enough accolades, he is also our academic supervisor!
November 25, 2020
Episode 2 - Getting Approved
Join Sanyu Sisters - Teesta and Amber as they chat to Hannah McCauley, midwife and global maternal health researcher.  They will be discussing the challenges and positives that have come from getting approvals and governance processes in place during COVID 19.  Hannah will be sharing tales from Togo where she is currently involved with an implementation project to improve Antenatal Care. Not to be missed! Be sure to let us know what you think about anything said in this weeks episode on Twitter @ sanyusisters and Instagram @sanyusisterspodcast or on our email We'd love nothing more than to keep the dialogue going. Love Sanyu Sisters
November 18, 2020
Episode 1- Starting Out
Join us for our #1 Episode as we chat to Dr David Mukunya a neonatal physician and researcher in Uganda about how early career global health researchers, starting out during COVID, were able to keep their projects on track. Keep the conversation going on TWITTER @SanyuSisters and INSTAGRAM @SanyuSistersPodcast. Send in any Comments/Questions/Reflections to
November 05, 2020