On May 24, Dr. Sai Ma, a core faculty member of the International Injury Research Unit, participated in “Measuring the Progress on Maternal and Child Mortality: Data, Alternative Methods and Findings,” a symposium sponsored by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Highlighted by speakers from WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank, the symposium brought together top-level maternal and child health experts to discuss the most recent studies on maternal and child and mortality, as well as the policy implications for the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals for reducing child and maternal deaths by 2015.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s latest study on child mortality was a focal point of the day, emphasizing the need for accurate, more sophisticated child mortality measurement and data collection methods.

Dr. Ma’s research interests include early childhood development, health disparities and injury prevention in developing countries, so the workshop proved useful for her continued work in these areas, and provided several new ideas for the evaluation of data sources for projects within the International Injury Research Unit.

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Dr. Sai Ma