|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 4, 2001
Fogarty International Center Announces Initial Awards for International Studies on Health and Economic Development
- Dr. Linda Adair of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will work with colleagues at the University of San Carlos, the Philippines on a project measuring the effect of health on education and work in Filipino youth. The research is expected to demonstrate how multiple aspects of health care and nutrition at an early age influence school performance and future earnings both through impacts on physical and intellectual abilities.
- Dr. Jere Behrman of the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues at the University of San Carlos, the Philippines will perform a longitudinal study of Filipino early childhood development. The research will pinpoint how early childhood interventions may improve children's performance in school and identify how conditions in the family and community affect that connection.
- Dr. Angus Deaton of Princeton University will collaborate with faculty at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa to investigate the interrelationships between poverty, inequality, and health in economic development. The researchers will use survey data to investigate how social status and income inequality affect health and well-being of people of all ages in South Africa.
- Dr. Reynaldo Martorell of Emory University and colleagues at the Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama in Guatemala City, Guatemala will collaborate on a study examining links between early nutrition, human capital, and economic productivity. The researchers will explore how better nutrition during early childhood can improve a person's health and mental health status and ability to be productive as an adult in the workplace.
- Dr. Duncan Thomas of the Rand Corporation and colleagues at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia will examine how the health of individuals over a long period of time affects the work they do, how much they work, their purchasing and savings behavior, and other important economic measures. This research will improve our understanding of the relationship between health and development at the individual level.
The following researchers are intended recipients of two-year ISHED awards to further develop their proposals for research in Africa and Latin America:
- Dr. Ana Hurtado of the University of New Mexico will work with the Centro de Salud in Igatimi, Paraguay to study how ethnicity affects the connections between health and economic outcomes among indigenous populations. The researchers will examine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of community-based health improvements.
- Dr. Edward Miguel of the University of California, Berkeley will develop a project with the Ministry of Health in Nairobi, Kenya to examine how a specific improvement in child health can affect educational and employment prospects in western Kenya. The researchers will also explore what factors most affect a family's decision to adopt a new health care tool for their children.
- Dr. Mark Pauly of the University of Pennsylvania will collaborate with colleagues at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa to assess the impact of poor health and HIV/AIDS on small businesses and the local economies where they are located in South Africa.
- Dr. Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard University will work with colleagues at the Regional Malaria Control Commission in Durban, South Africa, to measure the economic impact of malaria in southern Africa.
- Dr. Jonathan Simon of Boston University will work with the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit in Kericho, Kenya and the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya to study the impact of diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS on agricultural labor productivity and economic development in western Kenya.
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