Professor Nyovani J Madise
Professor of Demography and Social Statistics, Co-Director Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy
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Professor Nyovani J Madise is Professor of Demography and Social Statistics within Social Sciences: Social Statistics & Demography at the University of Southampton.
My research interests are in child and maternal health, HIV/AIDS, family planning and young people's sexual behaviour in the developing world.
Nyovani Madise is Professor of Demography and Social Statistics at the University of Southampton. She previously taught Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Malawi and held the position of Senior Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya. Her research focuses on the social determinants of health, with a focus on untangling the influence of poverty on maternal and child health, nutritional status, and reproductive health in low income countries.
Nyovani’s currently research projects include, interventions to promote exclusive breastfeeding among the urban and rural poor; the dual burden of malnutrition and over-nutrition among women and children; contraceptive use and high fertility in sub-Saharan Africa; adolescents’ reproductive health; and quantifying the linkages between food security and the ecosystem services.
Nyovani also co-leads the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty, and Policy (GHP3) and she is a co-founder of the Poverty and Sexual and Reproductive Health Network, which has evolved from an ESRC Seminar Series which sought to examine the links between poverty and sexual and reproductive health in middle and low income countries. Current work in this area includes understanding the linkages between unplanned pregnancies and poverty, and sexual and reproductive health needs of marginalized adolescents.