Dr Matthews Mathai is the Coordinator of the Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation Team in WHO's Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health. In his former position at WHO, he worked in Making Pregnancy Safer contributing to the development, update and implementation of WHO's Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth (IMPAC) guidelines and tools Before joining WHO, Dr Mathai was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India until 2005. He has also worked in many countries in Asia and the Pacific, training health workers in reproductive health, particularly in maternal and perinatal care. He established and directed the Regional Training and Research Centre in Reproductive Health at the Fiji School of Medicine, Suva, Fiji (1996-97). Dr Mathai did his medical studies and postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, followed by further training at the University of Liverpool in feto-maternal medicine. He was awarded PhD in International Health by the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. Dr Mathai has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific articles and book chapters..