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Washington: Doctoral Student Receives Fellowship to Improve Women’s Reproductive Health in Kenya

Ms. Claire Rothschild, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a two-year, more than $89,000 predoctoral research award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The award will support her dissertation research using text messaging data to improve family planning programs and policies in Kenya.

“Supporting women to achieve their reproductive goals is a critical priority for reproductive justice,” Ms. Rothschild said. “Better understanding women’s experiences and challenges using contraception is essential for reducing preventable morbidity and mortality that arises from unintended and mistimed pregnancies.”

Ms. Rothschild is collaborating with PATH’s country program in Kenya and Kenyatta National Hospital to better understand when and why women stop using or switch methods of contraception. The project will use data from more than 1,200 women just beginning or continuing modern family planning who seek care in maternal and child health clinics in Kenya. The data was captured through surveys sent to study participants via text messaging that measured contraception use, concerns, side effects and satisfaction on a weekly basis.

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