Operations Research (OR): What is it? How is it incorporated into projects?

With Operations Research (OR) becoming in integral part of child survival projects, I attended a pre-CORE meeting workshop designed to explore this topic. OR was described as a subset of implementation research that studies the processes of an intervention to define HOW and WHY the intervention works. It leads to a detailed description of key [...]



Video Update from Delhi, India

Our First Day in the Field After three days of preparing for the final evaluation, we spent our first day in the field conducting interviews.



Chotton ki asha (“Hope for the little ones”)

I arrived in India late Tuesday night to lead the final evaluation of HOPE foundation’s child survival program in northeast Delhi funded by USAID. The name of the program is Chotton ki asha, which means “Hope for the little ones” in Hindi. HOPE foundation is an independent affiliate of HOPE worldwide, a U.S.-based Private Voluntary [...]



Arrival in India

I arrived safely in India last Saturday to assist the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) with an evaluation of their USAID-funded Child Survival Program that has the overall goal of improving the health and welfare of childbearing mothers and their children. The work is being done in the rural tribal region of Sahibganj in [...]



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…



Video Update from the field

Birisiri, Dugrapur, Bangladesh



Departure from U.S.

Detroit Metro Airport, Detroit, MI, USA As I get ready to leave, I am reminded of the danger women face during childbirth in many parts of Bangladesh. For every 100,000 live births, an estimated 338 women die during pregnancy, childbirth, or 42 days after delivery. Compare that to 17 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births [...]