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Christine Valente wins Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant

19 July 2017

Christine Valente (Department of Economics) wins a US$100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on ‚ÄúSubjective Expectations and Demand for Contraception‚ÄĚ.

Christine Valente will lead a project collecting data on quantitative beliefs of women in Mozambique on contraceptive use to measure the relative importance of factors such as fear of side effects that inhibit use in order to help implement more effective methods. Many women in developing countries avoid contraceptives, but the reasons, and importantly how women value those different reasons, remain unclear. In collaboration with Grant Miller (Stanford) and Áureo de Paula (UCL), she will design and conduct a survey to quantify key beliefs on contraceptives among 650 women who do not want to become pregnant within two years from three provinces in Mozambique. This will enable them to identify ways to correct any false beliefs, such as by providing specific information on the risk of pregnancy in the absence of contraception, to increase contraceptive use.

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About Grand Challenges Explorations
Grand Challenges Explorations is a US$100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2008, over 1285 projects in more than 65 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization. The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of US$100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to US$1 million.
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