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RGHI newsletter, December 2015

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  • Tanja AJ Houweling (MGZ). State wide scale-up of a community-based women’s groups intervention to reduce neonatal mortality in Jharkhand (24 million population), incl. equity impact analyses. Part of a larger project with the UCL Institute for Global Health and Indian partners. Period: 2015-2019. Funder: Children’s Investment Fund.
  • Matthias Rieger (ISS). Causal Factors of Child Growth: Evidence from Aggregated Survey Data. The project aims to inform nutrition-related interventions and clinical trials, as well as identify investment priorities for the Gates Foundation. The project will estimate complex micro-econometric models using “big data”- sets on longitudinal child growth around the world assembled by the Gates Foundation. Funder: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The grant is worth $197,000.
  • Lorenzo Pellegrini (Lead-PI), Dr. Natascha Wagner, Dr. Matthias Rieger (Co-PIs) (ISS). Behavioral Responses to Information on Contaminated Drinking Water: Randomized Evidence from the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon. This study funded by the 3ie International Initiative for Impact Evaluation will test different methods to do a rapid appraisal of water quality in communities whose water sources are contaminated by the oil industry in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon. The aim is to understand how and how fast household behavior changes when information about water quality and alternative sources of water is provided. The study contrasts different ways of providing such information. Related, the aim is to quantify possible health benefits of providing information about water quality.
  • Getnet Alemu, Prof. dr. Arjun Bedi (ISS) and colleagues from the Ethiopian Economics Association, have been provided a grant of USD 120,000 from USAID to conduct additional research on regional differences in access to Community Based Health Insurance in Ethiopia.
  • Godelieve Heteren (RGHI), Prof. dr. Malabika Sarker (BRAC) together with colleagues from ISS, RAS won a Wotro SRHR grant for the project ‘Psychodrama as transformative intervention in the SRH of young men in urban slums in Dhaka.


New Appointments

  • Evgenia (Jenny) Kudymowa, supervisors Eddy Van Doorslaer and Ellen Van de Poel PhD student at iBMG (2016-2020)

Incentivizing healthy behaviours to make health coverage more effective in low and middle income countries


PhD defenses

  • Zelalem Yilma Debebe, December 4th 2015, ISS

Essays on the Economics of Health-Risk and Insurance



  • Workshop on Health and Development at ISS on Dec 3rd 2015 (organized by A. Bedi and M. Rieger)



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