Associate Professor Mitsuaki Matsui

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
Maternal Health, Quality of Health Care
Masters ProgrammeDoctoral Programme


MD, MSc, PhD

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I have been working in the field of maternal health. Pregnancy and childbirth are mostly physiological processes. In some cases, however, there are pathological aspects as well. Both physiology and pathology must be taken into account when considering maternal health. Unfortunately, only pathological phenomenon is focused on, as exemplified in the saying that “Every pregnancy is a risk”. Therefore, there is a huge misuse of medical interventions observed, both in developing and industrialized countries. We should strive to find an optimal point in between the two, keeping in mind that that point is variable. There is no “magic bullet” in the field of public health. We must think together how we can change this world.


I am in charge of the two following modules

  • “Reproductive Health and Gender”Objective: to obtain necessary knowledge in order to control maternal morbidity and mortality and gender issues in developing countries.
  • “Program and Project Management”Objective: to obtain necessary knowledge and skill to manage public health program/projects in developing countries.


  • “The impact of the improvement of the quality of care in maternity on maternal and neonatal health in health centers in Cambodia.”Outline – Evidence-based maternity and neonatal care is not well provided at health facilities in many developing countries, therefore the quality of care is substandard. However, international societies put immense pressure on the promotion of facility-based delivery regardless of the quality of care.  We carry out an evaluation of maternal and neonatal conditions during labor and the postpartum period and observe the changes after an intervention, which aims to improve the quality of care during maternity.
  • “Factors of chronic malnutrition among children under 2 years old in rural Cambodia.”Outline – Approximately one out of four children aged 24 months demonstrated being “underweight” (weight for age < -2 s.d.) in rural Cambodia. This rate progressively increased with the age of the children. This study employs a prospective design to observe the changes of weight related to age and its associated factors in rural Cambodia.

The country/countries where you work currently

Cambodia (capital – Phnom Penh, rural – Prey Veng province)

Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. Suto M, Takehara K, Misago C, Matsui M. Prevalence of perineal lacerations in women giving birth at midwife-led birth centers in Japan: A retrospective descriptive study. J midwife women health. in press(2015)
  2. Noguchi M, Matsui M, Osanai Y, Horikoshi Y, Takehara K, Misago C. Women-friendly childbirth experience Cambodia. J Int Health 29(4): 81.(2014)
  3. Matsui M, Sokhan U, Keth LS, Tung R.Equity gap in utilisation of emergency obstetric care service in Cambodia, from 2007 to 2009. Trop Med Int Health. 18(suppl 1): 187.(2013)
  4. Iwamoto A, Matsui M, Okabayashi H. Review of maternal, neonatal and child health integrated services in the southern four provinces in Lao PDR. Trop Med Int Health. 18(suppl 1): 186.(2013)
  5. Honda A, Randaoharison PG, Matsui M. Affordability of emergency obstetric and neonatal care at public hospitals in Madagascar. Reprod Health Matters. 19: 10-20.(2011)


My research field is ‘maternal health’ and ‘quality of health care’. These topics

contribute to make the pregnancy and delivery process safer and to provide quality care to mothers, babies and family members.

Pregnancy and delivery are basically a physiological process, however, complications may occur, so maternal health should deal with both physiological and pathological issues. The means is not limited to medical technology. We should consider those who are giving birth for our future, therefore, our values and commitment towards self, others and society are always tested.