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Evidence for Better Lives Study 

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What is this research study about?

The Evidence for Better Lives Study aims to better understand families’ experiences during pregnancy and the first months of a child’s life. Pregnancy and the first years of life are particularly important in the life of a developing child. Through this research, we hope to learn more about how children develop in the first years of life, and how parents can best support their children. The results will help to promote the health and wellbeing of children in Tarlai – Kalan, Islamabad Capital Territory so that they can achieve their full potential.

The study is being conducted by the Health Services Academy – Islamabad. To learn more about how families can best support their children around the world, we are working together with Universities in eight different countries. The study is coordinated by a team led by Prof Manuel Eisner at the University of Cambridge, UK.

What does the study involve?

In the coming month’s members of the research team will ask pregnant women in Rural Health Center – Tarlai Kalan whether they are willing to participate. Those who agree to participate will be asked about their pregnancy, their health, and who lives together with them in their household.  We will also ask participants for a small sample of their hair and a few drops of blood from their finger. These will give us important information about the pregnancy. Three months after their baby is born, we will contact the participants again for another short interview.

 All the information collected as part of this study will be kept absolutely confidential (private).  No names will appear in any reports that are published about the study.

The National Bioethics Committee of Pakistan Health Research Council (PHRC), Institutional Review Board of Health Services Academy and the relevant Ethics Board of the University of Cambridge have provided the ethical approval for this study.

What will the study contribute?

It will contribute to developing some policy guidelines for health and wellbeing of children of Islamabad Capital Territory. It will also contribute to developing early career researchers in the field of Public Health.

Who can I talk to for more information?

You can contact on telephone number +9251-9255592 (Ext: 130) if you have any further queries.

 Acknowledgments

The Health Services Academy acknowledges: University of Cambridge UK, Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Health Department for their support.