PRC Faculty Research Associate Recognized by NICHD

Mon, October 29, 2018
PRC Faculty Research Associate Recognized by NICHD
Letícia Marteleto and her research team awarded $3.5 million by NICHD.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) awarded $3.5 million to Principal Investigator Letícia Marteleto (Sociology, PRC) and research team to study the consequences of the Zika epidemic for reproductive health and fertility in Brazil, the country with the highest disease incidence to date. The study will provide vital information regarding long-term implications of Zika in Brazilian women’s reproductive health, fertility and subsequent pregnancy with parallel implications for every country Zika has touched. Specifically, the project will collect and analyze rich new survey data on women’s Zika exposure and reproductive intentions, behaviors, and outcomes in two regions of Brazil. The project will also link longitudinal data to existing administrative records and spatial data on Zika incidence from the Brazilian National and State Secretaries of Health and to pre-epidemic state-representative survey data from 2013. Together, these analyses will provide a comprehensive understanding of reproductive responses to the Zika epidemic and their demographic consequences. Despite the potential for Zika to have drastic and long-term effects on reproductive health and fertility via women’s pregnancy desires and reproductive behaviors, almost nothing is known about these connections. The project will advance knowledge in three critical ways: 1) It will provide detailed, longitudinal data on links between Zika and reproductive processes; 2) It will provide key insights into the effects of Zika across space and time; and 3) It will deepen knowledge regarding both immediate and long-term effects of Zika for women’s reproductive health and health stratification in a diverse country marked by high levels of social and demographic inequality. 

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