Research

The Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health and its key constituent bodies represent flagship research programs on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). The Centre is well-placed to potentially address priority research issues of relevance to women and children in developing countries, with a large existing portfolio of work related to infectious diseases, perinatal health and outcomes, maternal and child nutrition, and early childhood development. The Department of Paediatrics & Child Health has increasingly taken on a training role and currently has a National Institutes of Health research training grant in infectious diseases and hosts the local Cochrane Collaboration training site. The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology has a similar interest in expanding the s​cope of its research and training. 

The Centre of Excellence currently has 9 faculty members designated as core research faculty. The departments of Paediatrics & Child Health and Obstetrics & Gynaecology together have attracted almost US $55 million of research grant funding over the last 5 years and published over 450 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the same time period. It also has two, state-of-the-art research laboratories namely the Nutrition Research Laboratory and Infectious Disease Research Laboratory. Both the research labs have indigenous capacities to address complex, high quality assays meeting international quality standards, vetted multiple times by foreign institutions for its maintained quality. Both the labs cater to the Centre's research needs and also offers specialized assays for other interested departments of the University. 

The Centre has 9 community-based research sites and also a University built, donor supported Research and Training Centre being built in Matiari District; a district in which CoE WCH activities have been underway for over a decade now.

At the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health there is a great focus on high quality, high impact and relevant research which could improve clinical services and education and impact the national and international policies addressing Millennium Development Goals (MDG) - MDG4 and MDG5. 

For a detailed document on the research capacity of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, please write to asghar.ali@aku.edu​.

SELECTED ​PUBLISHED WORKS

Bhutta ZA, Das JK, Bahl R et al. Lancet Newborn Interventions Review Group; Lancet Every Newborn Study Group. Can available interventions end preventable deaths in mothers, newborn babies, and stillbirths, and at what cost? Lancet. 2014;384:347-70.

Bhutta ZA, Das JK, Walker N et al. Lancet Diarrhoea and Pneumonia Interventions Study Group. Interventions to address deaths from childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea equitably: what works and at what cost? Lancet. 2013;381:1417-29.

Bhutta ZA, Das JK, Rizvi A et al. Lancet Nutrition Interventions Review Group; Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group. Evidence-based interventions for improvement of maternal and child nutrition: what can be done and at what cost? Lancet. 2013;382:452-77.

Bhutta ZA, Yakoob MY, Lawn JE et al. Lancet's Stillbirths Series steering committee. Stillbirths: what difference can we make and at what cost?​ Lancet. 2011;377:1523-38.

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Aga Khan University & WHO. Essential interventions for reproductive maternal, newborn and child outcomes.​ Geneva. 2011.


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