PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010
MHA, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2002
My research interests remain focused on the conduct of evaluations of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) interventions in low and middle-income countries. Much of my work to date has focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of new technologies and community-based packages of integrated MNCH services, including conducting health impact and outcome assessments; economic analyses (cost-effectiveness/ utility, equity); assessments of MNCH service availability and accessibility; quality of care; health information systems; and ensuring the sufficiency and optimal use of human resources. In recent years, I have additionally worked on numerous large-scale evaluations aimed quantifying burden of disease (e.g maternal and child mortality in Afghanistan); exploring optimal service integration (e.g. Family planning into a platform of MNCH services in Bangladesh); and/or improving services delivery (e.g. midwifery services in Afghanistan; effectiveness of community health workers and community to facility linkages in Tanzania and Bangladesh, etc.).
Beyond my broader interests in MNCH and evaluation research, I am presently the M&E Technical Lead for the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative. In this capacity, I focus heavily on evaluating the use of digital health technologies to bridge critical gaps in service delivery and receipt in LMICs. This includes work at three levels: (1) globally to standardize evidence reporting and develop monitoring and evaluation guidelines for digital health; (2) at a country level to support national level deployments of digital health solutions at scale, including the National Department of Health-South Africa in the monitoring and evaluation of MomConnect – the largest mHealth initiative currently underway globally; and (3) sub-nationally, to support small scale deployments of digital health solutions including Innovations Working Group mHealth grantee projects in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Current projects include work with the Praekelt Foundation, the National Department of Health and other partners in South Africa to design a series of microexperiments which seek generate data rapidly through phones survey and other tools to improve the uptake and performance of MomConnect and NurseConnect. From a service delivery side, with support from WHO, I am also working with the National Department of Health and partners to use digital solutions to improve vital registration and community identification and management of postpartum infection in mothers and newborns in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Finally, an emerging area of work includes the use of digital tools to improve data collection for summative evaluations with the broader aim of reducing costs, improving the timeliness of data availability and lessoning the burden of research on respondents. This includes work in Cote d’Ivoire to measure the economic consequences of ill-health among people living with HIV using a phone survey.