In his presentation, Working with Village Health Teams (VHTs) to Increase Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) Use in Uganda: A Randomized Control Trial, John Bosco Asiimwe discussed the design of a a randomized control trial that seeks to answer whether offering financial incentives to VHTs in order to deliver ORS at home will increase ORS usage, and if the home delivery of ORS by VHTs will reduce the time at which diarrhea treatment is initiated once a diarrhea episode starts.
Fredrick Manang presented, Build and they will come?: Access to health facilities and Maternal care use in rural Ethiopia. Using data from RePEAT (Research on Poverty, Environment and Agriculture Technologies, collected by GRIPS), he evaluates what the impact of physical access to health care has on the utilization of maternal care by analyzing 1) what is the impact of improving access to health facilities on utilization of maternal care, 2) what are the pathways through which health facilities influence the utilization, and 3) what is the impact on the health of the mother.
In his presentation, Are Policy Reforms Always a Good Thing? Local Economic Impacts of Mineral Sector Reforms in Tanzania, Anthony Mveyange uses Tanzania as a case study to analyze the effect that mineral sector policy reforms have on economic growth, inequality, and poverty at the sub-national scale. Using data from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS), Night Light Data from the NOAA US Defense Ministry, Gridded World Population Data from SEDAC (NASA), Landscan Population Data from the US Department of Energy, and the Demographic Health Surveys (DHS), quasi-experimental methods are used to examine the effects of pre and post Mineral Reforms areas and mining activities across regions on income, population, growth, and Spatial Inequality.
On Tuesday, May 5th, EASST visiting fellows John Bosco Asiimwe, Fredrick Manang, and Anthony Mveyange presented the research projects that they have been working on over the course of the last semester.