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Ohio State Faculty Member Receives Grant to Develop Reproductive Health Screening Tool in Malawi

Dr. Alison Norris, Ohio State College of Public Health assistant professor in epidemiology and Dr. Sarah Huber, MSW, MPA, PhD student in Ohio State’s College of Social Work were awarded the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant, a $4,000 grant that will go toward developing and applying a simple tool that can identify women’s contraceptive needs and risks for unintended pregnancy in Malawi.

[Photo: Dr. Alison Norris pictured with a few of the Malawians she helps through her Health for Life research program]

Dr. Norris’s research program in rural Malawi is called Umoyo wa Thanzi (UTHA, also known as Health for Life), examines how decision-making impacts fertility, family planning, pregnancy, childbirth, HIV and STI testing, and treatment.

Health for Life has collaborated in Malawi with the nonprofit organization Child Legacy International (CLI) to implement studies related to reproductive health decisions. The study to be supported by this grant will focus on a group of 1,034 women and their male partners in Malawi.

“We hope to produce an easy-to-use screening assessment for use by health workers to reduce unintended pregnancy and improve women’s well-being in Malawi,” Dr. Huber says.

The grant’s funding will help support the research and development of the screening assessment, as well as involve the community health workers in the education and development of the tool.

“Our study will be implemented among women in the group, and we will also engage community health workers in the tool’s development,” Dr. Huber says.

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