Intimate Partner Violence Among Pregnant Women in Low-income Countries: A Case Study of Rwanda


The Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) extends an invitation to the greater NGO Pulse Community to attend a seminar presentation by our visiting exchange PhD Candidate, Mr Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa.
Date: 20 July 2017

Time: 10:30-11:30

Venue: HEARD boardroom, HEARD Offices, 4th Floor, J-Block, UKZN Westville Campus, Durban, South Africa.

Seminar Title: Intimate partner violence among pregnant women in low-income countries: A case study of Rwanda
Seminar summary
Intimate partner violence during pregnancy is associated with maternal mortality, adverse pregnancy outcomes and childhood growth impairment. Its effects may be exacerbated in resource-limited settings. Nevertheless, it has not been thoroughly investigated. This seminar will focus on intimate partner violence (IPV) and its associated risk factors among pregnant women in low-income countries with Rwanda as case study. This forms part of HEARD’s broader focus on gender, sexual and reproductive health, and gender based violence (GBV). The purpose of the seminar is to encourage active discussion around IPV and its impact on health and wellbeing, particularly within an African context.
Speaker’s Biography
Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa received his medical degree from University of Rwanda (UR), in 2007. Between 2007-2010, he worked as a medical doctor at Ngarama hospital, Rwanda in departments of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology and at King Faisal hospital Kigali, in the departments of pediatrics and internal medicine. Subsequently, he did MSc degree in clinical epidemiology at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), the Netherlands. (2010-2012). In the first half of 2013, he was the Coordinator of human resource for health program in Rwanda’s Ministry of Health.
Presently, he is a PhD candidate at Sahlgrenska academy at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is also a lecturer at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Rwanda.
Research Interests
Akashi Andrew’s research is focused on maternal and child health. His major long-term interest are the determinants of normal and abnormal growth and development during pregnancy, early postnatal period and childhood.
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Event Start Date: 
Thursday, 20 July, 2017
Event End Date: 
Thursday, 20 July, 2017
Event Venue: 
University of KwaZulu Natal, Westville Campus.
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