Chair of Development Economics / Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)
Levels and trends of childhood undernutrition by wealth and education according to a Composite Index of Anthropometric Failure
Childhood undernutrition is linked to 45% of all child deaths and is connected to lower adult height, lower educational achievement, and lower economic productivity later in life. The severity of childhood undernutrition is emphasized in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the global target to reduce stunting and wasting in children under five years of age by 2025. There is a growing recognition that nutrition can play a key role in promoting and achieving many of the SDGs, as malnutrition not only derives from a lack of sufficient and adequately nutritious and safe food, but from a host of interacting processes linking health care, education, hygiene and sanitation, access to resources, and more.
Launch of Lancet Commission on Diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa
In 2014, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Commission on Diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa convened a team of academics, clinicians, economists, and people who work in governmental and non-governmental organisations to identify targets and milestones for diabetes, and ways of strengthening health systems in sub-Saharan Africa to make cost-effective intervention possible. As part of this team, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer, Christian Bommer, Esther Heesemann and Vera Sagalova from Göttingen University have contributed to the Commission's work from a health economics point of view. The findings of the Commission are summarized in a peer-reviewed scientific report which is published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology and presented on July 6th from 12.30h to 17.00h (local time) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The event will be broadcasted via livestream.
Link to Commission report
Gram Varta study completed
During November and December 2016, the endline data collection of the Gram Varta randomized trial was conducted. Gram Varta provides information on maternal and child health, which is conveyed in 20 sessions through existing self-help groups in Bihar, India. We aimed to revisit all 6,000 households from our baseline, including 2,000 households of pregnant women. The households are geographically spread over 182 villages in six blocks of the district Madhepura, Bihar.