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About me

Kristi Sidney is a post-doctoral reseacher at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. She recently completed her Ph.D in December 2015 - 'Nobody delivers at home now.' Who and why women participate in a conditional cash transfer program to promote institutional delivery in Madhya Pradesh, India. She has researched and published on maternal health, HIV and mobile technologies. 

Education

Doctoral Degree in Medical Science (PhD), Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, 2015

Thesis: 'Nobody delivers at home now.' Who and why women participate in a conditional cash transfer program to promote institutional delivery in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Master in Medical Science (MSc), Global Health and Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, 2010

Thesis: Supporting patient adherence to antiretrovirals using mobile phone reminders: patient responses from South India

Bachelor of Science, International Business and Finance, Clarkson University, USA 2003

Research description

My current research focuses on three different maternal health interventions designed to increase access to institutional delivery and emergency obstetric care services; Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), Janani Express Yojana (JE), and Chiranjeevi Yojana (CY) in India.The JSY program is a cash transfer that incentivizes women to have an institutional delivery by providing cash post-delivery. JE operates in the context of the JSY program, where both programs simultaneously address financial and geographic access barriers. JE is a public-private collaboration for emergency transport that provides women transportation to a facility for delivery at no cost to the user. Both JSY and JE are studied in the state Madhya Pradesh, India. CY is a performance based financing public-private partnership program where the Gujarat government pays accredited private facilities to provide free delivery care to women living below the poverty line and tribal women. CY is studied in Gujarat, India.

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