Andrew Weeks is Consultant Obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospitals and Professor of International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool. He is also Director of both the Sanyu Research Unit and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Research Synthesis. Although brought up in Kenya, he had his undergraduate and postgraduate medical training around Yorkshire. In 2001 he returned to East Africa for 2 years as visiting lecturer in O&G at Makerere University in Uganda. In 2003 he joined the University of Liverpool as first clinical lecturer, then senior lecturer before being awarded a personal chair in 2011. Andrew Weeks’ primary interest is in innovations and in the translation of maternity care from high to low resource settings. He has a particular interest in the management of labour (especially cord care, placenta delivery and bleeding). He has 3 patents to his name, and currently runs clinical trials in the UK, Uganda and India, funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust, DFID and NIHR. He is currently developing and testing the PPH Butterfly device ( He oversaw the development of the LifeStart Trolley in Liverpool and has developed a low cost version, the Babysaver bedside neonatal resuscitation kit, for use in low resource settings. This is currently undergoing testing in Uganda (see