Professor Betty Kirkwood Ma MSc DIC FFPH FMedSci
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I am an epidemiologist with a statistical background and have worked at the School since 1979. My research has been driven by a desire to improve the health of young children in low and middle income countries, and of their mothers. My substantive research is accompanied by a commitment to translating research findings into health policy and programme action and to research capacity strengthening. I have an extensive network of overseas collaborators and close links with the World Health Organization. I am a fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health and of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
I contribute to a range of in house MSc courses including epidemiology in practice, statistics with computing, study design, public health lecture series, and current issues in safe motherhood and perinatal health. I am tutor to the MSc Public Health in Developing Countries. I enjoy teaching and believe in a student-centred, problem-based approach. I am committed to making complex methodological concepts accessible to non-specialists; this led to my textbook “Essential Medical Statistics”, first published in 1988. The second edition of Essential Medical Statistics is co-authored with Jonathan Sterne and was published in May 2003 (http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/essentialmedstats/). I also very much enjoy tutoring research degree students.
My main current research interests are trials evaluating the impact of:
- home visits by community volunteers to reduce neonatal mortality in rural Ghana;
- an integrated community-based intervention to improve child development, growth and survival in India & Pakistan;
- newborn vitamin A supplementation;
- innovations to improve performance of community based agents delivering integrated management of common childhood illnesses in Uganda & Mozambique;
- public health interventions to detect and treat common mental disorders in Goa;
I am also a member of the strategic management group for the Informed Decisions for Actions (IDEAS) project, which aims to build a better evidence base to guide future maternal and newborn health programmes.
- Behaviour change
- Child health
- Clinical trials
- Complex interventions
- Impact evaluation
- Implementation research
- Perinatal health
- Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
- Mental health
- Least developed countries: UN classification
- South Asia
- Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
- Child Development
- Child Survival
- Cluster Randomised Trials
- Community Based Health Agents
- Maternal And Child Health
- Member Of MARCH
- Neonatal Mortality
- Population Based Interventions
- nutritional epidemiology
Effect of the Newhints home-visits intervention on neonatal mortality rate and care practices in Ghana: a cluster randomised controlled trial.
Kirkwood, B.R.; Manu, A.; ten Asbroek, A.H.; Soremekun, S.; Weobong, B.; Gyan, T.; Danso, S.; Amenga-Etego, S.; Tawiah-Agyemang, C.; Owusu-Agyei, S.; Hill, Z.;
Lancet, 2013; 381(9884):2184-92
Efficacy of early neonatal vitamin A supplementation in reducing mortality during infancy in Ghana, India and Tanzania: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
NEOVITA Study Author Group; Bahl, R.; Bhandari, N.; Dube, B.; Edmond, K.; Fawzi, W.; Fontaine, O.; Kaur, J.; Kirkwood, B.R.; Martines, J.; Masanja, H.; Mazumder, S.; Msham, S.; Newton, S.; Oleary, M.; Ruben, J.; Shannon, C.; Smith, E.; Taneja, S.; Yoshida, S.;
Trials, 2012; 13
How changes in coverage affect equity in maternal and child health interventions in 35 Countdown to 2015 countries: an analysis of national surveys
Victora, C. G.; Barros, A. J. D.; Axelson, H.; Bhutta, Z. A.; Chopra, M.; Franca, G. V. A.; Kerber, K.; Kirkwood, B. R.; Newby, H.; Ronsmans, C.; Boerma, J. T.
Lancet, 2012; 380(9848):1149-1156
Interventions to Improve Motivation and Retention of Community Health Workers Delivering Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM): Stakeholder Perceptions and Priorities.
Strachan, D.L. ; Källander, K. ; Ten Asbroek, A.H. ; Kirkwood, B. ; Meek, S.R. ; Benton, L. ; Conteh, L. ; Tibenderana, J. ; Hill, Z. ;
Am J Trop Med Hyg, 2012; 87(5 Suppl):111-9
India: Towards Universal Health Coverage 2 Reproductive health, and child health and nutrition in India: meeting the challenge
Paul, V.K.; Sachdev, H.S.; Mavalankar, D.; Ramachandran, P.; Sankar, M.J.; Bhandari, N.; Sreenivas, V.; Sundararaman, T.; Govil, D.; Osrin, D.; Kirkwood, B.
Lancet, 2011; 377(9762):332-349
Effect of vitamin A supplementation in women of reproductive age on maternal survival in Ghana (ObaapaVitA): a cluster-randomised, placebo-controlled trial.
Kirkwood, B.R.; Hurt, L.; Amenga-Etego, S.; Tawiah, C.; Zandoh, C.; Danso, S.; Hurt, C.; Edmond, K.; Hill, Z.; Ten Asbroek, G.; Fenty, J.; Owusu-Agyei, S.; Campbell, O.; Arthur, P.; ObaapaVitA Trial Team, .;
Lancet, 2010; 375(9726):1640-9
Maternal and Child Undernutrition 3 - What works? Interventions for maternal and child undernutrition and survival
Bhutta, Z.A.; Ahmed, T.; Black, R.E.; Cousens, S.; Dewey, K.; Giugliani, E.; Haider, B.A.; Kirkwood, B.; Morris, S.S.; Sachdev, H.P.S.; Shekar, M.
Lancet, 2008; 371(9610):417-440
Delayed breastfeeding initiation increases risk of neonatal mortality.
Edmond, K.M.; Zandoh, C.; Quigley, M.A.; Amenga-Etego, S.; Owusu-Agyei, S.; Kirkwood, B.R.;
Pediatrics, 2006; 117(3):e380-6
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