HEARTH Project (Heat exposure impacts on maternal and neonatal Health)

On 13th May 2024, Dr. Adelaide Lusambili from Africa International University (AIU) and Dr. Cherie Part from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) introduced the HEARTH project to enthusiastic staff at AIU. Funded by the Medical Research Fund (MRF), the HEARTH project will model the impact of extreme heat exposure on postpartum mothers and newborns in rural Kilifi, Kenya. The meeting was joined by Prof. Britt Nakstad from the University of Botswana and the Project Manager. 

The project introduction received institutional support from the Africa International University Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research, Prof. Joseph Kiplangat, the School of Business Director Professor Beatrice Warue, and the AIU Leadership and Governance Hub Director, Prof. Eric Aseka, who were in attendance. At AIU, the project is domiciled at the Environmental Health And Governance (EHAG) Centre, Leadership Hub, the School of Business and Education.

This collaborative research signifies a significant step towards advancing our understanding of crucial health dynamics concerning climate change in our communities.

AIU and LSHTM, recognize the pivotal role of research and innovation in propelling societal progress in climate change matters. Our unwavering commitment to these pursuits underscores our dedication to holistic environmental development. This partnership couldn’t come at a more opportune moment, as we navigate the complexities of climate change and its far-reaching implications.

As we embark on this collaborative journey, we appreciate and invite the active participation and insights from all stakeholders. Together, let’s pave the way for informed interventions and meaningful impact, shaping a healthier, more resilient future for all.