Transforming the Culture of Care Improves Preterm Survival – A Webinar

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In this webinar, you will hear results from one of PTBi EA anchor studies, a cluster randomized trial evaluating how an intrapartum quality of care improvement package can impact preterm survival in Kenya and Uganda. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the study was recently published via PLOS One.


Dr. Dilys Walker, Principal Investigator, PTBi EA, UCSF is the principal investigator for the East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative at UCSF, providing oversight and leadership for the research in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. She is an obstetrician-gynecologist and a professor in UCSF’s department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Global Health Sciences. She is also a member of WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) for maternal, newborn, child, adolescent health, and nutrition.

Dr. Peter Waiswa, Principal Investigator, PTBi EA Uganda, is a health systems researcher with particular focus on newborn health and development and maternal-newborn-child health services. Dr. Waiswa’s research and program interests in low- and middle-income countries include health systems research including policy analysis, implementation and operations research, and how well these are linked to programming.

Dr. Phelgona Otieno, Principal Investigator, PTBi EA Kenya is a pediatrician and epidemiologist with long standing experience in conducting research in maternal health, HIV PMTCT, child health programs, as well as mentorship of health professionals. She is the principal investigator for PTBi-Kenya, where she leads a team of four investigators and over 15 study implementers. At the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), she is a principal research officer based at the Center for Clinical Research.

Dr. Nana Twum-Danso, Managing Director, Health Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation, MD, MPH, FACPM, oversees a strategy designed to transform the practice of public health through data science at the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Nana Twum-Danso is a public health and preventive medicine physician with 20 years of experience in health policy, practice, strategy, monitoring, learning, evaluation, research and philanthropy at local, national and international levels. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.

Dr. Jeffrey Smith is the deputy director of Implementation Research and Demonstration for Scale on the Maternal, Newborn & Child Health team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is an obstetrician/gynecologist and global health strategist with 25 years of clinical and public health experience in developing countries, across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Dr. Nana Twum-Danso, Managing Director, Health Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation, will moderate this discussion.