Summer 2009 – UNC SPH students making a difference

September 02, 2009
By Y. Koltun 

Scott Ickes collects data in Uganda.

Scott Ickes collects data in Uganda.

Scott Ickes, a doctoral candidate in the Nutrition Department, spent the summer in Uganda where he worked with UNICEF and collected data for the final portion of his dissertation study. Ickes helped UNICEF plan the baseline assessment for their country-wide Community Case Management intervention to reduce child mortality. The project, funded by the Canadian International Development Association, aims to reduce child mortality through community prevention and treatment of diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria using village health workers in the Ugandan districts with the poorest child health indicators.

In Western Uganda, Ickes also completed the data collection for his dissertation project. Ickes conducted a survey to assess how participation in a nutrition education program for underweight children affected home agricultural production, household food purchasing practices, and child feeding behaviors. After defending his dissertation in December, Scott joined the Consortium of Health Oriented Research in Transitioning Societies study team as a research fellow at the University of the Witswatersand in Johannesburg, South Africa. For more examples of students making a difference, see our page showcasing recipients of school-wide awards.

Yulia Koltun is a Senior BSPH student in Nutrition.She works in the SPH Office of Student Affairs as a Student Assistant.