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Helena Litorp

Assistant professor

About me


With a background as a specialist physician in ob/gyn, I have both clinical as well as research experience from several low-resource settings including Tanzania, Nepal and Somaliland, and a special interest in emergency obstetric care, innovations and quality improvement implementation. Apart from my position at KI as Associate Professor in global health, I work as a Clinical Research Physician and Chief Medical Officer at a CRO specialized in clinical trials.


Research description


My main research focus is on maternal and newborn health and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in low-income countries. Prior and current research project include:

  • 2006-2008: Female genital cutting among antenatal care attendees in Sweden
  • 2010-2015: Overuse of caesarean section and its association with maternal near-miss morbidity and mortality in Tanzania
  • 2017-2020: Quality improvement interventions for improved perinatal care in Nepal (NePeriQIP)
  • 2019-Ongoing: Implementation of the maternal near-miss tool in the fragile setting of Somaliland
  • 2019-Ongoing: Scaling up low-cost technology for improved intrapartum fetal surveillance and neonatal resuscitation in Nepal (SUSTAIN)
  • 2019-Ongoing: Norms and values as barriers and enabler for improved global sexual and reproductive health and rights in multiple sub-Saharan African countries
  • 2020-Ongoing: Feasibility of remote General Movements Assessment for early recognition of Cerebral Palsy in Nepal


2006: MD, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

2015: PhD Medical sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden

2016: Specialist physician ob/gyn, National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden

2022: Associate professor global health, Karolinska Institutet