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Understanding Predictors of Maternal & Child Health

Project Title: Understanding Predictors of Maternal and Child Health in Rural Western India

Project Description:
Our program of research is comprised of two stages: 1) an ongoing pilot study that collects information prospectively that could predict maternal and child health outcomes and 2) a randomized clinical trial that tests efficacy of behavioral and clinical interventions that are designed to address areas of need identified in the pilot phase.
The information from this pilot study will then be used to develop interventions using expertise in story-telling, cultural media, obstetrics and gynecology, mental health and pediatrics.

Community Partner(s):
Charutar Arogya Mandal (CAM) is a charitable trust that operates a tertiary care hospital and a medical college in rural parts of Gujarat, India.

Target Population:
CAM is located in the village of Karamsad, a primarily agricultural rural community in West India. Demographically, the expected participants in the study are expected to be from the rural neighborhoods of CAM, with an average income of less than $0.50 per day per person.

Principal Investigator(s):
Drs. Jeroan Allison and Somashekhar Nimbalkar

Apurv Soni (SOM '16 UMMS), Nisha Fahey (SOM '16, DMU), Dr. Milagros Rosal, Dr, Tiffany Moore Simas, Dr. Nitin Raithatha (CAM, India), Dr. Nancy Byatt, Dr. Anusha Prabhakarn (CAM, India), Dr. Sowmya Rao, Ajay Phatak (CAM, India), Dr. Yogesh Shah (DMU)
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