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Neha Limaye

 
 


Neha Limaye

Bachelor in Global Health Control

Duke University, USA

 

Most Important Achievement

I am most proud of the time I spent in Rajasthan, India, as an Indicorps fellow. During the year I lived there, I met an incredible set of people- from strong female community members and NGO staff to primary school students. Together, we were able to create a collection of health and women's empowerment programs that are still thriving today, three years later. My year in Rajasthan cemented a set of values and a passion for community health that I cannot wait to bring to Peru!

Professional aspirations

I hope to work as both a physician and a global health researcher. As a physician, I will likely focus on adolescent or women's health, and aim to help empower patients to take charge of their bodies and their health. In terms of global health research, I would love to work with clinics and NGOs to help make community initiatives more evidence-based. I also would love to teach global health methods one day.

 

KUSKAYA RESEARCH PROJECT
 
Nuestras Historias: Design and Evaluation of a Multimedia, Motivational, Educational Intervention for Pregnant Women and Partners in Loreto, Perú
 
The Loreto region of the Peruvian Amazon has significantly worse maternal health indicators than the country on average, with elevated levels of home deliveries and maternal mortality. The program Mamás del Río is working to address this disparity, and preliminary interviews showed that though prenatal knowledge is high in many communities, women do not always seek care during pregnancy complications. We are working with community health agents and mothers in community-based  to design a community-created motivational and educational intervention that can inspire pregnant women and their partners to make healthy decisions during pregnancy. 
 
Specific aims:
1. Characterize the maternal health issues specific to Loreto using PhotoVoice, a community-based participatory research methodology in which community members can express their concerns and opinions through photography
2. Design a multimedia curriculum constructed around the described issues. We are working with community members to record and create 3-5 minute digital stories, combining their personal narratives of pregnancy and delivery with photos as a means to teach and inspire others
3. Evaluate the digital story curriculum. We will first conduct a pilot study to ensure understanding and acceptability of the videos, and then conduct a 1-2 month trial in which community agents deliver the intervention via mobile phones and televisions. Pregnant women and their partners will participate in pre and post surveys and qualitative discussions to measure the impact of the curriculum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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