Kavita Singh


Ph.D., Associate Professor, Maternal and Child Health


CPC Office: 123 W Franklin St, Room 3154
CPC Phone Number: (919) 445-9272

Campus Office: Rosenau Hall, Room 429
Campus Phone Number: (919) 843-5920

Dr. Singh's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Singh's publications in PubMed

Dr. Singh's CPC publications

Singh (Ongechi) ‘s work is focused on exploring the role of social factors (education, poverty, stigma, and gender equality) in addition to the role of specific interventions and environmental factors on health outcomes. Much of her work is also focused on reaching the poorest and most vulnerable populations with interventions. Her main focus is on improving maternal health and child survival in sub-Saharan Africa. Singh has several publications on the influence of gender equality and women’s autonomy on health outcomes. She has also explored the role of poverty reduction efforts on child health outcomes and explored efforts to reach stigmatized groups with needed HIV interventions.

She is currently a PI (collaborating with Speizer) on two evaluations of maternal and child heath projects in Ghana. The interventions in Ghana use both facility and population-level approaches to address barriers to maternal and child health services, and the evaluation includes impact analyses, qualitative assessments and cost-effectiveness analyses. The evaluation of the pilot phase of the intervention used a sophisticated multivariable time series approach to assess whether the intervention was leading to improved outcomes.

In addition, Singh has explored subnational differences in maternal mortality in Mozambique and is currently engaged in projects involving mapping maternal and newborn mortality in Africa and Asia. Currently areas of focus include methods of estimating maternal mortality and evaluating efforts to reduce neonatal mortality through postnatal care interventions. Singh aims to continue research in the area of evaluating maternal and child health interventions in low and middle income countries. She is interested in community-level approaches that involve poverty reduction and gender equality and that aim to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Demography

  • Population Health

  • Reproductive Health

Current Research Projects:

Information updated on 2/9/2018

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