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In the summer of 2014, Vasanth Kuppuswamy obtained a travel grant from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Center for Global Health and traveled to Maganoorpatti, India to conduct a pilot research project regarding a home-based nurse visitation program called Healthy Children-Brighter Futures (HCBF). The program aims at studying the effect of systematic follow-up of children on their overall health status by trained nurses in rural villages surrounding Maganoorpatti. Earlier, Vasanth spent four months in 2013 in Maganoorpatti to train the nurses and to implement the HCBF program. Furthermore, while Vasanth spent this past summer in Maganoorpatti, he was accompanied by Dr. Athi Narayan, a neonatologist practicing in Atlanta and Dr. Kalpana Manthiram, a fellow in pediatric infectious disease at Vanderbilt. These pictures were taken during their visit and more information about Vasanth's pilot project can be found here.

Dr. Athi checking a baby and talking to a mom

 

Dr. Kalpana and Dr. Athi discuss a case -- Dr. Kalpana checking a baby

 

Dr. Kalpana listening to a child's heartbeat and reviewing a child's record

 

Nurses collecting information from a mom and measuring a child's height

 

Nurses taking vital measurements and weighing a baby

 

Nurses weighing a baby -- Team members with Dr. Athi, Dr. Kalpana, and Vasanth

 

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