On July 26th, Christine Papai, Deputy Country Director, shared a technical case study of the malaria text message reminders study at the USAID MEASURE / Ghana School of Public Health Impact Evaluation Workshop. The audience included 22 individuals who work in or intend to do impact evaluations. The group was rigorously selected from a pool of 150 and hailed from all over Africa (including Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana).
On April 13th, IPA Ghana hosted a dissemination event for the SMART (Study on mHealth and Reproductive Health in Teens) and present findings on the possibility of using mobile phone technology to provide young women with information on adolescent reproductive health (ARH) and safe contraceptive use. Researcher Slawa Rokicki presented findings which showed that both regular and interactive text messages about reproductive health served to significantly increase adolescent girls' knowledge on the subject.
Pascaline Dupas (Stanford; Co-Chair, J-PAL’s Health Sector, CEGA and IPA affiliate) and IPA, in collaboration with the World Bank and Ghana’s Ministry of Education (MoE), presented preliminary results from the Ghana Secondary Education Program. This ongoing study is investigating the impact of secondary school scholarships on enrollment and completion, as well as later life outcomes.
The first steering committee meeting governing the Urban Drinking Water and Health Outcomes study was held. Participants included representatives from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, the Ghana Health Service, and the Ghana Standard Authority, among others.
Dean Karlan (Yale; President, IPA; Chair, J-PAL’s Finance and Microfinance Program), Chris Udry (Yale; Co-chair, J-PAL’s Agriculture Program; IPA affiliate), and IPA Ghana staff officially launched the Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies for Smallholders (DIRTS) project, which examines the impact of access to improved-yield agricultural...
Financial Inclusion Program Director Aishwarya Ratan presented findings from the Aflatoun study conducted by Jim Berry, Dean Karlan, and Menno Pradhan in Ghana.
May 14-15, 2012