Since November last year we’ve had the pleasure of having two 3rd year medical students, Iyabo Adekunle-olarinde and Lucy Singh, working with Soapbox on their intercalated BSc projects. Both projects focused on research in critical but understudied areas of maternal health, making important contributions to the field.
Iyabo conducted the Water@Birth study which looked at calculating the volume of water required for hand hygiene during childbirth in low-income countries. Hand hygiene is one of the key factors implicated in infection prevention, ensuring enough water is available for hand washing during childbirth in resource-poor settings is imperative. Iyabo conducted primary and secondary research in Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, UK and Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital, Ethiopia. We look forward to sharing the fascinating results of the study in due course.
Lucy’s study looked at seasonality of births and overcrowding in maternity units. Lucy analysed data from the Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey and data on deliveries at Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital and spent time working on the analysis with the support of our team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Lucy also makes an important contribution to the field with implications for wider research into the seasonality of births and overcrowding and the related impact on quality of care and implications for resource planning in low income settings.
Iyabo and Lucy’s hard work over the last few months paid off as they handed in their final theses last week. A big congratulations to them both on completing their projects and we wish them both every success with their ongoing studies!
Read about Iyabo’s experience in Ethiopia here.
Read about Lucy’s experience in Ethiopia here.