The survey of community mobilizers and Anganwadi workers was carried out between September-October 2015 in the course of the evaluation of the Gram Varta program (see above for a detailed description).
Anganwadi workers are women that provide basic public health care in Indian villages. Her work includes contraceptive counseling and supply, nutrition education, distributing supplementary food and organizing pre-school activities. Anganwadi workers are important for the successful implementation of Gram Varta, because their work is likely to have a large effect on health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (HNWASH) indicators.
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer, Chair of Development Economics ('Juniorprofessur'), has received the 2015 KfW Development Bank Prize for Scientific Excellence. The prize was jointly awarded to Sebastian Vollmer and Dr. Kenneth Harttgen (ETH Zürich) for the paper "Association between economic growth and early childhood undernutrition: evidence from 121 Demographic and Health Surveys from 36 low-income and middle-income countries" published in The Lancet Global Health. The authors investigate the relationship between economic growth and childhood undernutrition. While it is a common belief that undernutrition diminishes in the course of economic growth, the authors find that economic growth does not automatically entail reductions in childhood undernutrition.
Jointly with the "Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH" we are conducting a research project on Safe Childbirth in the province of KP in Pakistan. We are part of the WHO SCC Collaboration Network and within the Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health Project (RMNHP) implemented by the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH" we support the rollout and evaluation of the SCC in public health facilities as well as among CMWs in the districts Nowshera and Haripur of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province in Pakistan. In September we started with the adaptation process of the pilot version of the checklist to the Pakistani context.