Speizer to examine sustainability of family planning program activities in urban Nigeria

November 22, 2016

Dr. Ilene Speizer

Dr. Ilene Speizer

Ilene Speizer, PhD, research professor in the maternal and child health department at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will lead a two-year, $1.7 million project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Speizer will collaborate with David Guilkey, PhD, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of economics at UNC, and others on the Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) team to examine the long-term sustainability of family planning program activities in urban Nigeria. The project will involve collecting data from women and facilities in 2017 that originally were surveyed in 2010 and 2014 as part of an earlier grant funded by the Gates Foundation. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Population Center will administer the grant.

“This is an exciting opportunity to examine the longer-term implications of family planning funding,” Speizer said. “In particular, this project will collect data from a city where the program continued and compare it to another city where the program worked but activities ceased two years earlier. The project will answer an important question often overlooked by funders, and so we are excited that Gates Foundation colleagues are interested in learning what they can do to ensure long-term impacts.”


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Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu