Atheendar Venkataramani, M.D., Ph.D., is a health economist and primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He completed his M.D. at the Washington University School of Medicine, his Ph.D. in Health Policy (Economics) at Yale University, and his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Venkataramani's primary area of research is focused on the life course determinants of health and human capital. He has focused primarily on the long-run effects of early life health and nutritional interventions and has several published and ongoing projects exploring the strength of, and mechanisms behind, these links in both developed and developing countries. Dr. Venkataramani was a Co-Investigator on a $4 million grant from Grand Canada Challenges focused around understanding the life course consequences of nutrition and health during the first 1000 days of life. He is currently a Principal Investigator on a U.S. National Institutes of Health Career Development Award focusing on the effects of household microenterprise programs on the developmental trajectories of young children in Uganda. Dr. Venkataramani has also conducted research on the behavioural responses to public health programmes, focusing mainly on HIV prevention and treatment interventions.
Maternal mortality and gender prejudice
22 Feb 2016
While maternal mortality has fallen sharply in the last decade, it remains unnecessarily high at about 800 deaths a day worldwide. Moreover, there is enormous variation in levels and rates of decline across countries, even after accounting for differences in income. This column discusses new evidence showing that gender prejudice explains a significant part of this variation.
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