Text messages can boost knowledge and help reduce adolescent pregnancy risk in LMICs

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health by Harvard Pop Center faculty members Jessica Cohen, PhD,Joshua A. Salomon, PhD, and Günther Fink, PhD, along with lead author Slawa Rokicki, reveals that text-messaging programs can be an effective vehicle through which to increase reproductive health knowledge and reduce pregnancy risk among sexually active adolescent girls in Ghana. The study’s findings are referenced in this Washington Post editorial.

Children living even slightly further from health facilities at increased risk of death in 21 LMICs

A study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology by Harvard Pop Center faculty member Gunther Fink, PhD, and Center Associate Director David Canning, PhD, reveals that even small increases in the distance between children’s homes and the health facilities that serve them increases their mortality risk.    

Novel study on impact of minimum wages on early-life health in LMICs

Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alum Arijit Nandi, PhD, is an author on a paper in Social Science & Medicine that is the first to assess the impact of legislated minimum wages on the early-life health of children in low- and middle-income countries.

Despite economic progress, millions of women in low- and middle-income countries still severely undernourished

Harvard Pop Center faculty and researchers, including Fahad Razak, MD, former Bell Fellow and current visiting scientist, as well as former Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, are among the authors of a novel study published in JAMA on severe, chronic, adult undernutrition. The study provides the first global estimate of severe undernutrition (defined by body mass index…