Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD
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 AwardsCarolina Women's Center Faculty Scholar
2016-2017, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillCarolina Population Center Summer in Residence
2013Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society
2013Humphrey Fellows Teaching Excellence Award
MHCH 722 Global Maternal and Child Health | Syllabus
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
2016-present CPC Training Committee
2018-present MCH Masters Committee
2014-2016 CPC Summer Internship Mentor
2014-2018 MCH Doctoral Committee
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.
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