Dr A. Metin Gülmezoglu is the coordinator for the maternal and perinatal health and safe abortion team and Research Capacity Strengthening including the HRP Alliance, at The UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO. Dr Gülmezoglu qualified as an obstetrician and gynaecologist in Turkey. He worked as a clinician and researcher in South Africa and obtained his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand. He then worked at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University and at the United Kingdom Cochrane Centre focusing on systematic reviews. In 1998 he joined The UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO in Geneva as a medical officer.
Dr Gülmezoglu conducted research on major causes of maternal mortality and morbidity since 1992. He contributed to large multicentre randomized controlled trials evaluating promising clinical interventions and improving the quality of maternal and perinatal health care. He joined the Cochrane Collaboration in 1994 conducted over 30 Cochrane systematic reviews on wide ranging topics including maternal and perinatal health, newborn health, safe abortion techniques, contraception and sexually transmitted infections. Within WHO Dr Gülmezoglu leads the development of evidence-based guidelines in the area of maternal and perinatal health.