The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed focus on the importance of increasing momentum in addressing global health challenges, including the unacceptable burden of avoidable foetal and newborn mortality and morbidity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Group on Stillbirth Prevention and Management of Stillbirth in sub-Saharan Africa (2017–2021), was a 4-year research partnership between the UK and the Lugina Africa Midwives’ Research Network (LAMRN) in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
This paper shares experiences from a midwife-led research partnership between Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK, Zambia and Zimbabwe in sustaining and enhancing capacity strengthening activities remotely. The authors identified key learning around identifying needs and the importance of involving partners and participants to achieve buy-in.