Nurturing the Global Child

Maternal Health in Developing Countries, Kibae Park United nations, 2010, Unmodified.

Maternal Health in Developing Countries, Kibae Park United nations, 2010, Unmodified

Approximately 17,000 children die worldwide every day, 44% of which occur in the first month of life, often from preventable causes. Effective medical, behavioral, and social interventions exist, yet scalability – working across borders and sectors – remains a challenge. To nurture vulnerable children into healthy adulthood, we join global initiatives, such as those led by USAID, helping to deliver effective practices, to mothers, babies, and their caregivers in clinics and at home.

There is an urgent need to develop and scale medical, behavioral, and social interventions to prevent the preventable causes of child mortality. Our team brings together expertise from public health, pediatrics, development and behavioral economics, and the humanities. We are furthering novel and risky ideas to advance child survival: developing portable multimodal imaging for early detection of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy resulting from birth asphyxia and leading to mortality and disability, investigating opportunities to strengthen delivery of pediatric surgical services in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, developing and testing a novel technology to detect heart rate in non-breathing newborns, and unlocking social norms that influence family planning among adolescents.

Our Working Solutions

1/9/19
Nabila Zaka, Emma C. Alexander, Logan Manikam, Irena C. F. Norman, Melika Akhbari, Sarah Moxon, Pavani Kalluri Ram, Georgina Murphy, Mike English, Susan Niermeyer and Luwei Pearson. Quality improvement initiatives for hospitalised small and sick newborns in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Published in Implementation Science, January 2018
1/9/19
Low height-for-age, or stunting, is a major contributor to childhood mortality globally and is often used as a marker of malnutrition in children. Stunting is most likely to occur in the first 24 months of life, and is characterized by a child having a length-for-age z-score (LAZ), or height-for-age z-score (HAZ), below two standard deviations. Stunted children are more likely to have cognitive delays, face higher rates of mortality, and can have decreased economic productivity in adulthood. Compounding on this, children are at increased risk of stunting if their parents were stunted as children themselves, establishing an intergenerational cycle of decreased economic productivity and increased mortality. Rural regions in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia especially suffer from a high prevalence of stunting in children under the age of 5. 
1/9/19
Mycotoxins are naturally occurring secondhand metabolites produced by molds that contaminate staple crops that populations depend on, like maize, in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, aflatoxin is the most studied mycotoxin, due to the intermittent outbreaks of high aflatoxin exposure that leads to acute aflatoxicosis. Despite this, there is still little research into chronic, low-level aflatoxin exposure during fetal and early-life development and its effects on child growth and stunting.

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Our Team

Faculty Fellows

Sara Berkelhamer

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics

219 Bryant Street

Phone: 716-878-7673

Email: saraberk@buffalo.edu

Elizabeth Borngraber.

Elizabeth Borngraber

Clinical Research Coordinator

Surgery

Sarah Cairo.

Sarah B Cairo, MD, MPH

Research Fellow

Pediatric Surgery

Ying (Jessica) Cao

Assistant Professor

Division of Health Services Policy and Practice, Epidemiology and Environmental Health

268G-H Farber Hall

Phone: 716-829-5369; Fax: 716-829-2979

Email: ycao25@buffalo.edu

Anirban Dutta

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Engineering

215J Bonner Hall

Phone: 716-645-9161

Email: anirband@buffalo.edu

Indranil Goswami

Assistant Professor

Marketing

215A Jacobs Management Center

Phone: 716-645-5232

Email: goswami4@buffalo.edu

Katarzyna Kordas

Associate Professor; Co-director, Community for Global Health Equity; PI of the SAM Study

Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Current interests: chemical mixtures, social-chemical environment interactions, toxicant-diet interactions, child growth and development.

Phone: 716-829-5340; Fax: 716-829-2979

Email: kkordas@buffalo.edu

Vasanth Kumar

Clinical Associate Professor

Pediatrics

219 Bryant Street

Phone: 716-878-7673

Email: vkumar3@buffalo.edu

Amy Millen

Associate Professor

Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

270 Farber Hall

Phone: 716-829-2975 x733

Email: aemillen@buffalo.edu

Ryan Muldoon

Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy

107 Park Hall University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

Email: rmuldoon@buffalo.edu

Ekaterina (Katia) Noyes

Director, MPH Concentration in Health Services Administration; Professor and Director, Division of Health Services Policy and Practice

Epidemiology and Environmental Health

270C Farber Hall

Phone: 716-829-5386

Email: enoyes@buffalo.edu

Pavani Ram.

Pavani Ram

Co-lead, Community for Global Health Equity

David H. Rothstein

Associate Professor

Department of Surgery

219 Bryant St

Phone: 718-878-7301

Email: davidrot@buffalo.edu

Sanjay Sethi

Professor and Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Medicine

3495 Bailey Avenue

Phone: 716-862-7875

Email: ssethi@buffalo.edu

Laura Smith

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Enki Yoo

Associate Professor

Department of Geography

121 Wilkeson Quad

Phone: 716-645-0476

Email: eunhye@buffalo.edu