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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

Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Acheivement by Young Faculty

2019, UNC-CH

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

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.

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