Maternal and Child Health in Bangladesh and Malawi

I just returned from an evaluation of a two-country, 3.5 year Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) project funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and carried out by World Renew in Bangladesh and Malawi. Maternal and neonatal/infant mortality in these countries, although improving, remain high, as does the number [...]

Final thoughts on my experience in Bangladesh

Home Sweet Home, Ann Arbor, Michigan Although we are not trekking through villages any longer, the work does not stop. The team of interviewers in Bangladesh is going to be working hard over the next couple of months to transcribe and translate all 48 interviews that we conducted. Once I am able to start analyzing [...]

A Success Story

Mid-flight reflections back to village of Konapara, Dugrapur, Bangladesh Last week we met with a Hindu woman from the village of Konapara who had an institutional delivery. It was interesting to listen to her story and note the steps that she and her family took to ensure a safe delivery. Her decision to give birth [...]

Final Video Update from Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh The first Hartal in 3 and a half years…

An interview in the village of Baromari

Village of Baromari, Dugrapur, Bangladesh Now that the interviews have finished, I would like to share some of the stories that we heard last week. A few days ago I sat down with a man from the Garo tribal group in the village of Baromari. Despite his lack of income(less than US$1 per day), he [...]

Video Update from the field

Birisiri, Dugrapur, Bangladesh

Recruiting and interviewing respondents

Village of Mou, Dugrapur, Bangladesh Our first two days have been very productive, but not always in the way we expect. On the first day, we set out to find a woman from the village of Mou who delivered in a health facility. The only contact information we had was the name of the village, [...]

Preparing for the interviews

Dugrapur, Bangladesh We arrived at our guesthouse in the town of Birisiri yesterday afternoon. Birisiri is in the sub-district of Dugrapur, which is the geographical focus of our study. It is never easy to drive up to Dugrapur because the heavy rains create severe potholes in the road (or what is left of the road). [...]

Preparation for the field

International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), Dhaka, Bangladesh The past few days in Dhaka have been spent on the small, but important details of the research process. We plan to conduct a qualitative analysis comparing women whose most recent delivery was attended by a skilled provider (a doctor, nurse, or midwife) and [...]

Arrival in Bangladesh

Zia International Airport, Dhaka, Bangladesh After a long journey and lots of time to watch in-flight movies, it’s time to focus. In order to conduct this research project I am collaborating with the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). After arriving this morning, I took a quick nap and then headed over [...]