Neonatal and preterm birth interventions in low resourced settings

Investigator: Melissa Morgan Medvedev, MD, MSc, PhD

Location(s): Kenya; Uganda; India


My career focus is maternal child health research in sub-Saharan Africa and India. I have been active in this field for 10 years. Recently, in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, I investigated the prevalence of hypoxemia and its association with inpatient mortality and duration of hospitalisation among clinically ill term and preterm neonates and measured the efficacy of training hospital staff to provide tailored oxygen therapy to sick newborns at a large maternity hospital in Nairobi. I currently work with PRONTO International on a study that aims to implement and monitor simulation-based training curricula on obstetric and neonatal emergencies for midwives and doctors in Bihar, India. Curricula are being rolled out in 64 district hospitals and 320 primary health clinics in Bihar between 2015- 2017 in collaboration with CARE India and with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.