Catherine Maternowska

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Dr. Maternowska "is interested in exploring the ways that health-related policies have unintended consequences that harm rather than enhance the public’s health. She uses ethnographic research as a tool for investigating how best to improve policy and ultimately practice. She is keenly interested in developing further studies on the social dynamics of NGO activities in health that assess the interface between international development, national counterparts, and the poor communities they are supposed to serve.

"Her second book, a co-edited work with colleagues from the Population Council, will be exploring young girls’ vulnerability in the pathway of HIV/AIDS. Frustrated by the inability of scientific journals to address the diversity of girls’ challenges in the face of HIV/AIDS pandemic, the book will be a participatory publication—one that embraces the voices of girls, girl activists and advocates, and frontline service providers. The goal will be to provide results that reveal the connections—and too often disconnections—between policy and program intention and girls’ lived-experience. Dr. Maternowska believes that conventional wisdom leaves the girls behind. Too often, funding agencies, ministries and even adolescent programs themselves inadvertently apply inappropriate western paradigms of behavior change without the thought, investment or patience required to effectively and meaningfully reduce girls’ vulnerability. The anthology will address this crucial information gap, through a critical, thought-provoking collection of essays and experiences from the field." [1]

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  1. Catherine Maternowska, Center for Reproductive Health Research & Policy, accessed September 10, 2007.
  2. Catherine Maternowska, Bixby Center, accessed September 2, 2008.