prof. dr. J. (Jelle) Stekelenburg

Professor International Aspects of Reproductive Health, in particular Safe Motherhood

prof. dr. J. (Jelle) Stekelenburg


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Research interests

Prof. Jelle Stekelenburg combines his job as Consultant Obs & Gyn at the Medical Centre Leeuwarden with holding a chair as Professor International Aspects of Reproductive Health, in particular Safe Motherhood, at the University of Groningen. He is the chairman of the Working Party International Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health (

His professional drive is based on, on one hand, the observation that motherhood is still not safe for many underprivileged women all over the world, but mainly in low resource settings, and, on the other hand, acknowledgment of the right to access the best possible standard of maternal health. Large differences in outcome of pregnancy still exist between different countries, but also within countries. State parties, governments, multilateral health organisations and individual health professionals have the immediate obligation to work on the progressive realisation of the highest possible standard of reproductive, sexual and maternal health.

Prof. Stekelenburg’s activities focus on research and education. He collaborates with PhD-candidates from all over the world, aiming to design evidence-based interventions in different contexts that are effective in improving maternal and neonatal health outcome indicators. In education he takes every opportunity to teach his students about what still needs to be done to reach the aim of safe motherhood for all. 

  1. Effectiveness of a quality improvement intervention to increase adherence to key practices during female sterilization services in Chhattisgarh and Odisha states of India

    Srivastava, A., Chhibber, G., Bhatnagar, N., Nash-Mercado, A., Samal, J., Trivedi, B., Srivastava, V., Rawlins, B., Yadav, V., Sood, B., Biesma, R., Kim, Y-M. & Stekelenburg, J., 23-Dec-2020, In : PLoS ONE. 15, 12 December, p. e0244088 17 p., e0244088.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. Introduction of Criterion-Based Audit of Postpartum Hemorrhage in a University Hospital in Eastern Ethiopia: Implementation and Considerations

    Tura, A. K., Aboul-Ela, Y., Fage, S. G., Ahmed, S. S., Scherjon, S., van Roosmalen, J., Stekelenburg, J., Zwart, J. & van den Akker, T., 11-Dec-2020, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17, 24, p. 1-11 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. Beyond severe acute maternal morbidity: a mixed-methods study on the long-term consequences of (severe pre-)eclampsia in rural Tanzania

    Mooij, R., Kapanga, R. R., Mwampagatwa, I. H., Mgalega, G. C., van Dillen, J., Stekelenburg, J. & de Kok, B. C., 27-Nov-2020, In : Tropical Medicine & International Health. 1, p. 33-44 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. Patterns and determinants of modern contraceptive discontinuation among women of reproductive age: Analysis of Kenya Demographic Health Surveys, 2003-2014

    Ontiri, S., Were, V., Kabue, M., Biesma-Blanco, R. & Stekelenburg, J., Nov-2020, In : PLoS ONE. 15, 11, p. e0241605

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Press / Media
  1. Hoe de verwaarlozing van internationale gezondheidszorg ons nu parten speelt

    Jelle Stekelenburg


    1 Media contribution

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  2. Moedersterfte moet en kan minder

    Jelle Stekelenburg


    2 Media contributions

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  3. Mortality amongst mothers

    Jelle Stekelenburg


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  1. Caesarean section: from unmet need to global epidemic

    Jelle Stekelenburg (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationAcademic

  2. VCMS Nederland Master academy

    Jelle Stekelenburg (Invited speaker)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conferenceAcademic

  3. Life Saving Skills in Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care training

    Jelle Stekelenburg (Speaker)


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  1. Best Clinical/Surgical Abstract

    Sascha F M Schulten (Recipient), Renee Detollenaere (Recipient), Stekelenburg, Jelle (Recipient), Joanna IntHout (Recipient), Kirsten B. Kluivers (Recipient) & Hugo Van Eijndhoven (Recipient), 17-Oct-2019


  2. Beste docent LCGH 2017

    Stekelenburg, Jelle (Recipient), 2017


  3. Best research in MCL in 2018

    Stekelenburg, Jelle (Recipient), 27-Mar-2018


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