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NICHD Director’s Lecture Series: Low-Hanging Fruit for Better Global Health? Evidence from the Field

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April 26, 2011 (3:00pm to 4:00pm)


Office of the Director, NICHD


Lipsett Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, Maryland


NICHD Director Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., initiated the NICHD Director’s Lecture Series to showcase cutting-edge science relevant to the Institute’s mission. The forum also enables staff and other attendees to interact with other nationally recognized scientists.

This lecture features Esther Duflo, Ph.D., the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a founder and director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a research network specializing in randomized evaluations of social programs. Much of her work addresses questions of economics, politics, gender, and education.

Dr. Duflo, a grantee of the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences (DBS) Branch, reports that more than 9 million children younger than age 5 die each year from preventable diseases such as malaria and diarrhea. Her presentation examines why cheap, safe, and readily available treatments (what she calls "low-hanging fruit) for these diseases are not used to prevent these diseases and deaths in many resource-poor countries. She also discusses possible explanations, such as unreliable delivery of health services, price sensitivity, and a lack of information or trust, to name a few.

The NICHD Director’s Lecture Series is open to the public, and registration is not required. Non-NIH employees should visit for details about getting to the NIH campus and security procedures.

For more information


Dr. Lynne Haverkos, Child Development and Behavior Branch, Center for Research for Mothers and Children, NICHD
Tel: (301) 435-6881

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