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
scope 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 email@example.com.
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.