Maternal and Child Health News
Jaff proposes strategies to reduce traffic-related deaths, injuries in Kurdistan region of Iraq
February 2, 2018
Dr. Dilshad Jaff has analyzed the problem of road traffic accidents in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and proposes strategies to diminish the financial and human toll associated with that public health challenge. His commentary appears in the Middle East Journal of Family Medicine.
New edited volume informs breastfeeding through anthropological research
January 26, 2018
Two researchers from the Gillings School contributed to a recently published book, “Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches,” which is the first edited volume on anthropology and breastfeeding published in more than 20 years.
Article by three Gillings researchers is Journal of Human Lactation’s top-read post for 2017
January 26, 2018
Three researchers linked with the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health co-authored the Journal of Human Lactation’s most-read article of 2017. Their systematic review examined Step 3 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, an outline for maternity practices that serves as the foundation for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
Speizer to lead $4M Gates Foundation grant to evaluate contraceptive method choices for youth in Africa, Asia
December 4, 2017
Dr. Ilene Speizer is principal investigator for a 4-year, $4 million Gates Foundation grant to inform programs and policies to expand contraceptive method choices for youth ages 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Photo by Frerieke.
Student to take lead on project to improve health of area refugees
December 1, 2017
A master’s student, faculty member and alumnus have been awarded a Kenan-Biddle Partnership grant to improve health and wellness among refugee communities in the Triangle (N.C.) area. Meagan Clawar, health policy and management student (shown left, in black jacket), will co-lead the project, with the Gillings School’s Dr. Dilshad Jaff serving as adviser.
Gillings School’s breastfeeding institute awarded major grant from The Duke Endowment
November 30, 2017
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, based at the Gillings School, has been awarded a 3-year, $830,000 grant from The Duke Endowment. The grant will be used to expand CGBI’s work with hospitals and communities in North and South Carolina for the purpose of promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
Ramaswamy, others at Gillings School part of award-winning evaluation team
November 15, 2017
Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy was a key member of a team that won the American Evaluation Association’s 2017 Outstanding Evaluation Award, announced by the Association on Nov. 3.
Examples from Puerto Rico: Why the federal government must stay involved in Medicaid services
November 14, 2017
Dr. Jonathan Oberlander and colleagues assess the negative consequences of caps on Medicaid funding in an article published online Nov. 8 in the American Journal of Public Health.
Evidence, ethics and human rights should shape policies related to migration and health
November 10, 2017
Dr. Dilshad Jaff and colleagues offer new perspectives on the challenges of migrant health, particularly focusing on migrants with tuberculosis. They call for alliances between TB programs and migrants’ rights organizations, noting that rational public health and human rights approaches can ease the health burden for migrating people.
Study explores effects of early-onset puberty on romantic relationship quality
November 6, 2017
A new study led by a doctoral candidate in the Gillings School finds that girls who mature early often go on to experience lower satisfaction in romantic relationships.