Health and Technology

Innovations that combine insights across multiple fields has opened up exciting new frontiers in the promotion of human health. By supporting projects that range from unique biosensors and mobile patient-monitoring to the use of creative economic incentives, PDEL is supporting an interdisciplinary approach to public health.

Faculty Projects

Africa School Room

Empowering Young Women in Malawi

Researcher: Craig McIntosh, Sarah Baird (George Washington University), Berk Ozler (World Bank)
Location: Malawi

Overview: This project aims to understand the long-term impacts of a conditional cash transfer program in Malawi on a variety of outcomes ranging from labor-market outcomes to marital choice to investments in children.

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Enabling mHealth Solutions in Developing Countries

Researcher: Drew Hall, Biosensors and Bioelectronics Research Group, UC San Diego
Location: United States

Overview: A smartphone-based platform will be developed that can be easily combined with a wide range of sensing technologies to enable mobile health (mHealth) solutions that seamlessly integrate with information and communications technology.

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Using Mobile Phones to Monitor Tuberculosis Treatment

Researcher: Richard S. Garfein, Fatima Munoz
Location: Mexico

Overview: This project will customize Video Directly Observed Therapy software, used to increase adherence to tuberculosis (TB) treatments and prevent drug resistance, so it works reliably and securely in the Mexican environment. It will be piloted in two TB clinics in Tijuana.

GoFar

Computer Games to Improve Behavioral Regulation in FASD-affected Children

Researcher: Christina Chambers, Claire Coles (Emory University), Claire Coles (Emory University), Lyubov Yevtushok (Rivne Diagnostic Center, Ukraine), Natalya Zymak-Zakutnya (Khmelnytski Regional Perinatal Center, Ukraine)
Location: Ukraine

Overview: This project aims to understand the long-term impacts of a conditional cash transfer program in Malawi on a variety of outcomes ranging from labor-market outcomes to marital choice to investments in children.

Graduate Student Projects

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Health Certificates for Commercial Sex Workers in Senegal 

Researcher: Shanthi Manian
Location: Senegal

Overview: Female sex workers are disproportionately affected by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In the interest of bringing this population into the health system, several countries have adopted sex-worker registration programs that allow sex workers to avoid some criminal penalties if they agree to regular STI screenings. This randomized evaluation will study the impact of this policy, known as legalization and regulation, on the commercial sex market and on factors affecting HIV risk among sex workers in Dakar, Senegal.

Emergency Health Services

Mhealth Platform to Extend Child Emergency Health Services into Rural Kenya

Researcher: Nathan Combes
Location: Kenya

Overview: Data on the behaviors and attitudes of Kenyan voters towards childhood diarrheal diseases will be collected and analyzed, viewing some of the obstacles governments face in combating high rates of child mortality.

Faculty