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Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD

Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Maternal, Child and Family Health Concentration
Faculty Fellow
Carolina Population Center
Senior Technical Advisor for Maternal and Child Health
MEASURE Evaluation Project
  • 429 Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7445
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Dr. Singh’s main areas of interests are the evaluation of maternal and child health and HIV prevention programs. She is interested in research focused on reaching the most vulnerable groups (including the poorest, displaced populations, orphans and stigmatized groups) with interventions. 

 Dr. Singh is the lead PI for the external evaluation of a quality improvement project in Ethiopia, which is focused on improving maternal and newborn health. The evaluation will include impact and cost-effectiveness analyses as well as qualitative assessments. She is also an evaluator for the Safe Motherhood Initiative Project in Malawi which is focused on the promotion of Maternity Waiting Homes for women who live far from a health facility. Dr. Singh’s work also includes evaluating interventions intended to improve newborn survival.

Honors and Awards

Carolina Women's Center Faculty Scholar

2016-2017, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Carolina Population Center Summer in Residence


Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society


Humphrey Fellows Teaching Excellence Award


Representative Courses

MHCH 722 Global Maternal and Child Health | Syllabus

Research Activities

Principal Investigator, Evaluation of a Maternal and Newborn Quality Improvement Project in Pastoral Ethiopia

Co-Investigator, MEASURE (Core) Evaluation Phase IV

Principal Investigator, Evaluation of a Maternal and Newborn Quality Improvement Project in Ethiopia

Service Activities

2016-present CPC Training Committee

2018-present MCH Masters Committee

2014-2016 CPC Summer Internship Mentor

2014-2018 MCH Doctoral Committee

Practice Activities

Challenges of Measuring Maternal Mortality Trends at Subnational Level in a Developing Country: An Illustrated Example of Bangladesh, 2001-2010. Oral presentation at the Population Association of American Conference. Denver, CO. April 2018.

Key Publications

Effect of family planning interventions on couple years of protection in Malawi. C Lemani, N Kamtuwanje, B Phiri, I Speizer, K Singh, O Mtema, N Chisanu, J Tang (2018). International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 141(1), 37-44.

Measuring coverage of essential maternal and newborn care interventions: An unfinished agenda. L Carvajal-Aguirre, L Vaz, K Singh, D Sitrin, A Moran, S Khan, A Amouzou (2017). Journal of global health, 7(2), 020101.

Does postnatal care have a role in improving newborn feeding? A study in 15 sub-Saharan African countries. S Khan, I Speizer, K Singh, G Angeles, N Twum-Danso, P Barker (2017). Journal of global health, 7(2), 020506.

The importance of skin-to-skin contact for early initiation of breastfeeding in Nigeria and Bangladesh. K Singh, S Khan, L Carvajal-Aguirre, P Brodish, A Amouzou, A Moran (2017). Journal of global health, 7(2), 020505.

Structural and functional network characteristics and facility delivery among women in rural Ghana. L Cofie, C Barrington, K Singh, S Sodzi-Tettey, S Ennett, S Maman (2017). BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 17(1), 425.

Postnatal care for newborns in Bangladesh: The importance of health-related factors and location. K Singh, P Brodish, M Chowdhury, T Biswas, E Kim, C Godwin, A Moran (2017). Journal of global health, 7(2), 020507.

The State of Essential Newborn Care by Delivery Location in Bangladesh. E Kim, K Singh (2017). Maternal and child health journal, 21(11), 2078-2085.

Institutional maternal and perinatal deaths: a review of 40 low and middle income countries. P Bailey, W Andualem, M Brun, L Freedman, S Gbangbade, M Kante, E Keyes, E Libamba, A Moran, H Mouniri, D El Joud, K Singh (2017). BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 17(1), 295.


PhD, Population Dynamics (minor in Epidemiology), The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health, 2002

MPH, Maternal and Child Health, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 1997

BA, Biology, Cornell University, 1996

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