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Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD
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Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Co-Lead
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

2013

Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society

2013

Humphrey Fellows Teaching Excellence Award

2005

Representative Courses

MHCH 722 Global Maternal and Child Health | Syllabus

Research Activities

Co-Principal Investigator:  Capacity Building for the Professional Learner

Principal Investigator: D4I (Data for Impact)

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

2018-present  MCFH concentration co-lead

2018-present MCH Masters Committee

2016-present CPC Training Committee

2014-present CPC Summer Internship Mentor


Practice Activities

Hagaman A*, Singh K, Speizer I, Bitewulign B, Abate A, Alemu A, Seifu Estifanos A, Mulissa, Z, Magge H. The Impacts of Quality Improvement on Maternal and Newborn Health: Preliminary Findings from a Health System Integrated Intervention in Three Regions in Ethiopia. Oral Presentation at the Population Association of America Conference.  Austin, TX. April 2019.

Key Publications

Measuring coverage of essential maternal and newborn care interventions: An unfinished agenda. Amouzou A, Carvajal-Aguirre L Khan S, , Mehtra V, Singh, K, Vaz L. (2019). Journal of Global Health Collection.

Reproductive health sequelae among women who survived Ebola virus disease in Liberia. C Godwin, D Wohl, W Fischer Nd, K Singh, D Hawks, E Devore, J Brown (2019). International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

Referral patterns through the lens of health facility readiness to manage obstetric complications: national facility-based results from Ghana. P Bailey, J Awoonor-Williams, V Lebrun, E Keyes, M Chen, P Aboagye, K Singh (2019). Reproductive health, 16(1), 19.

Evaluation of a maternity waiting home and community education program in two districts of Malawi. K Singh, I Speizer, E Kim, C Lemani, J Tang, A Phoya (2018). BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 18(1), 457.

Obstetric ultrasound use in low and middle income countries: a narrative review. E Kim, K Singh, A Moran, D Armbruster, N Kozuki (2018). Reproductive health, 15(1), 129.

Thermal care of newborns: drying and bathing practices in Malawi and Bangladesh. S Khan, E Kim, K Singh, A Amouzou, L Carvajal-Aguirre (2018). Journal of global health, 8(1), 010901.

Education

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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