“Discovery” Sparks Movement to Reduce Impact of Preterm Birth in East Africa

Nicole Santos, PhD, MS, manager of the East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative’s Discovery Research aim, says the program “builds capacity,” but that phrase is too modest. Truth is that PTBi-EA – and Discovery Research, in particular – is sparking a movement in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda aimed at defeating the stubborn global epidemic of preterm birth, the largest killer of children under five.

Consider Ugandan physician and researcher Mary Kakuru Muhindo, MBChB. Her Discovery Research-backed pilot study has given her a new and fruitful research direction, connected her with a global community of preterm birth researchers – and spawned care improvements at one hospital, which she expects to see spread to many other low-resource health care settings.

Read the full story