NIHR Global Health Research on reducing Preterm and Stillbirth (DIPLOMATIC)

Work package 1 Evidence Based Practices Guidelines

We anticipate all work packages will begin in Malawi, and will then be undertaken in Zambia as the project progresses.

The DIPLOMATIC project is composed of eight interlocking Work Packages, with cross cutting capacity building in clinical trial methodology, database design and analysis, improvement science, and education in Malawi and Zambia.

Work Package 1

Work package 1 will concentrate on Evidence Based Practices (EBPs), crafted from existing reviews and guidelines by colleagues in Malawi and Zambia, and involving the patient voice as much as possible. We recognise that a variety of strategies could be used to reduce preterm birth and stillbirth but, to provide focus, we will choose EBPs which can be delivered or provided from a hospital facility to women who are already pregnant plus identify strategies to increase adoption.  A country specific guideline will be generated, assisted by colleagues at the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN).

Contextual scoping has been completed by the Zambia team and released publically on

Lead collaborators on this Work Package are: Frank Taulo and Luis Gadama in Malawi and Professor Rebecca Reynolds in UK.