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About me

I am a postdoctoral epidemiologist with strong quantitative data analysis and synthesis skills from the backgrounds in Mathematics (BS), Demography (MSc) and Epidemiology (PhD), currently based in the Health System and Policy research group within the Global Health division, Department of Public Health Sciences. My research projects so far have focused on reproductive health, in particular, maternal and newborn health in low- and lower-middle income countries.

I have extensive field experience in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, in Afghanistan, I managed fieldworkers and research doctors to implement a maternal health research project. More recently in Nigeria, I worked along with a health-system strengthening programme to research into how quality of maternal health care may be improved within the context. Since I joined Karolinska Institutet in 2017, I have been collaborating with the Health and Demographic Surveillance Site in Iganga/Mayuge, Eastern Uganda.

Teaching portfolio

I organise the Health Systems and Policy course for master students in the Health Economics, Policy and Management track.

I also teach on the Research Methodology course for master students in Global Health. 





Consequences of maternal morbidity on health-related functioning: a systematic scoping review
Machiyama K, Hirose A, Cresswell Ja, Barreix M, Chou D, Kostanjsek N, et al
BMJ open 2017;7(6):e013903-

Systematic review of obstetric care from a women-centered perspective in Nigeria since 2000
Hirose A, Owolabi O, Imamura M, Okonofua F, Hussein J
International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 2017;136(1):13-18

Maternal death and obstetric care audits in Nigeria: a systematic review of barriers and enabling factors in the provision of emergency care
Hussein J, Hirose A, Owolabi O, Imamura M, Kanguru L, Okonofua F
Reproductive health 2016;13():47-

Bridging evidence, policy, and practice to strengthen health systems for improved maternal and newborn health in Pakistan
Hirose A, Hall S, Memon Z, Hussein J
Health research policy and systems 2015;13 Suppl 1():47-

Determinants of delays in travelling to an emergency obstetric care facility in Herat, Afghanistan: an analysis of cross-sectional survey data and spatial modelling
Hirose A, Borchert M, Cox J, Alkozai As, Filippi V
BMC pregnancy and childbirth 2015;15():14-

Measuring maternal health: focus on maternal morbidity
Firoz T, Chou D, Von Dadelszen P, Agrawal P, Vanderkruik R, Tunçalp O, et al
Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2013;91(10):794-6

Poverty and postnatal depression: a systematic mapping of the evidence from low and lower middle income countries
Coast E, Leone T, Hirose A, Jones E
Health & place 2012;18(5):1188-97

The role of care-seeking delays in intrauterine fetal deaths among 'near-miss' women in Herat, Afghanistan
Hirose A, Borchert M, Niksear H, Alkozai As, Gardiner J, Filippi V
Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology 2012;26(5):388-97

Difficulties leaving home: a cross-sectional study of delays in seeking emergency obstetric care in Herat, Afghanistan
Hirose A, Borchert M, Niksear H, Alkozai As, Cox J, Gardiner J, et al
Social science & medicine (1982) 2011;73(7):1003-13