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- Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellow
- Institute for Global Health
- Faculty of Population Health Sciences
Understanding the relationships between the degree of pregnancy intention and key neonatal and maternal outcomes in the Mchinji District of Malawi.
This project will translate and validate the LMUP in the Chichewa language for use in the Mchinji District of Malawi. Using the local demographic surveillance system, four thousand pregnant women will be recruited during 2013 and will be interviewed at home twice. At the first interview, during pregnancy, basic socio-economic and demographic data will be collected and the LMUP administered. The women will be followed up 4-6 weeks post-partum where further information on the pregnancy, birth and health of the woman and baby will be collected and anthropometric measurements taken. This data will be analysed to explore the relationships between pregnancy intention, preventative and care-seeking behaviours during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period and key neonatal and maternal health outcomes such as birth weight, neonatal mortality and post-partum depression.
At the same time qualitative work will be undertaken to assess the current family planning situation in Malawi and Mchinji. Malawi’s 2009 sexual and reproductive health policy outlines the challenges of ‘early and unwanted pregnancies’ and places family planning as its number one priority. By exploring the implementation of policy and the attitudes and experiences of communities, this research will consider the ways in which the unmet need for family planning in Malawi can be reduced by actions at community, health service, district and national levels.
Dr Jennifer Hall has co-run the Global Maternal and Child Health module at UCL's IGH for undergraduate students since 2012, having been involved in the module for the two years prior to that. The module aims to take a life-course approach to global maternal and child health introducing students to the key topics from newborn care through adolescence to reproductive and maternal health. Underlying determinants such as women's empowerment, education, gender and poverty run through the module as does developing an understanding of the political context of policy making in this area. In addition Dr Hall has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate theses and facilitated seminars on other modules.
|2005||MB.ChB||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery||University of Manchester|
|2005||MSc||Master of Science||London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine|
|2004||BSc||Bachelor of Science||University College London|