Available: 08/01/20, Expires: 08/01/21
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Global AIM Lab focuses on global perinatal epidemiology. We also design and evaluate cost-effective public health interventions to address the major causes of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in low-income countries. 70% of newborn deaths, which occur primarily in low-income settings, could be prevented with known, feasible, and low-cost interventions around childbirth. These are the settings in which we work. There are several projects a student could get involved with:
Low Birth Weight/Preterm Birth Literature Review
Preterm birth and low birth weight are key predictors of childhood morbidity and mortality. However, data on the prevalence of preterm birth and low birth weight and associated adverse outcomes is limited in Ethiopia. The consolidation of available evidence regarding preterm birth and low birth weight will help inform the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, NGOs, and other actors in shaping policies and interventions to address issues in maternal and child health. The aim of this review is to identify and evaluate studies on (i) the prevalence of preterm birth and low birth weight and (ii) related adverse outcomes in Ethiopia. We are currently at the data extraction stage of the review and could use assistance with primary and secondary data extraction, analysis, writing, and review of the manuscript.
As of August 2020, we have begun enrollment for a multi-site cluster-randomized study that aims to determine the effectiveness of a program to enhance the delivery of antenatal interventions that improve maternal nutritional status and management of infections in pregnancy. The study, called the ENAT Study, will assess the impact of this program on maternal and infant health outcomes in the rural Amhara region of Ethiopia. Our team is multi-disciplinary, including pediatricians, obstetricians, epidemiologists, and clinical trialists. There are opportunities within the study to develop monitoring and evaluation indicators, do secondary analysis on data collected during the formative period of the study, and more.
For more on our partnerships and previous projects, check out our website at http://globalaim.bwh.harvard.edu/
If interested, please send your resume and contact information to Michelle Eglovitch at firstname.lastname@example.org