BU Center for Global Health & Development

Principal Investigator: Julie Herlihy
Boston University Co-Investigators: Davidson Hamer, Katherine Semrau, Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Arthur Mazimba, Caroline Grogan
Collaborators: Ministry of Health, Zambia and the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD)



Omphalitis (umbilical cord infection) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in newborns in developing countries. In areas where medical facilities and personnel are not available, lay health workers trained in community-based algorithms may be employed to conduct diagnoses. In a trial being conducted in Zambia, researchers in BU’s Center for Global Health & Development are testing the diagnoses by lay health workers against those of an on-site physician as well as a board-certified physician located in the US working with photographs.

RCS Contribution

RCS staff members Robert Putnam and Erik Brisson developed the remote pictorial assessment component of this project.

More Information

See a description of this project on the BU Center for Global Health & Development site.