Bio

Bio


Research Interests: Pastoralism, Health and Conflict, Humanitarian Response
Regions: Ethiopia, South Sudan

Hannah Wild is an MD Candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the health of nomadic populations and more broadly, the intersection of health, armed conflict, and culture in Sub-Saharan Africa. She received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from Harvard University with special fields in oral literature and ethnography. Prior to beginning medical school she received a post-graduate fellowship to conduct ethnographic fieldwork with the Nyangatom, a tribe of nomadic pastoralists in the Omo Valley of southwest Ethiopia. She spent 18 months living with the Nyangatom?s nomadic cattle camps and studying their traditional medical practices, and is fluent in the local language. She currently leads multi-institution research collaborations to develop methodology for including nomadic groups in population data and household surveys. Her research on pastoralists' role in regional conflict dynamics was cited by the 2019 United Nations Report of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan. Her work has received support from Stanford?s Center for Innovation in Global Health, Geospatial Center, and Center for African Studies, as well as the American Society for Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and Digital Globe Foundation.

Project Website: https://arcg.is/0XGrDO

Education & Certifications


  • Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, Literature (2011)

Publications

All Publications


  • Making Pastoralists Count: Geospatial Methods for the Health Surveillance of Nomadic Populations. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene Wild, H., Glowacki, L., Maples, S., Mejia-Guevara, I., Krystosik, A., Bonds, M. H., Hiruy, A., LaBeaud, A. D., Barry, M. 2019

    Abstract

    Nomadic pastoralists are among the world's hardest-to-reach and least served populations. Pastoralist communities are difficult to capture in household surveys because of factors including their high degree of mobility over remote terrain, fluid domestic arrangements, and cultural barriers. Most surveys use census-based sampling frames which do not accurately capture the demographic and health parameters of nomadic populations. As a result, pastoralists are "invisible" in population data such as the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). By combining remote sensing and geospatial analysis, we developed a sampling strategy designed to capture the current distribution of nomadic populations. We then implemented this sampling frame to survey a population of mobile pastoralists in southwest Ethiopia, focusing on maternal and child health (MCH) indicators. Using standardized instruments from DHS questionnaires, we draw comparisons with regional and national data finding disparities with DHS data in core MCH indicators, including vaccination coverage, skilled birth attendance, and nutritional status. Our field validation demonstrates that this method is a logistically feasible alternative to conventional sampling frames and may be used at the population level. Geospatial sampling methods provide cost-affordable and logistically feasible strategies for sampling mobile populations, a crucial first step toward reaching these groups with health services.

    View details for DOI 10.4269/ajtmh.18-1009

    View details for PubMedID 31436151

  • Making Pastoralists Count: Geospatial Methods for the Health Surveillance of Nomadic Populations The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Wild, H., Glowacki, L., Maples, S., Mejia-Guevara, I., Krystosik, A., Bonds, M., Hiruy, A., LaBeaud, A. D., Barry, M. 2019
  • ?Lost Generation? in South Sudan: A Broader Approach Toward Peace Urgently Needed Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Wild, H., Fallavier, P., Patel, R. 2019: 1-9

    View details for DOI 10.1017/dmp.2018.144

  • The militarization of cattle raiding in South Sudan: how a traditional practice became a tool for political violence Journal of International Humanitarian Action Wild, H., Jok, J. M., Patel, R. 2018; 3 (2)
  • On the Move in Cattle Country: Tracking Nomadic Pastoralists in Southwest Ethiopia. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene Wild, H. 2018; 99 (1): 9?10

    View details for PubMedID 29978779

  • To Do No Harm: Humanitarian Aid in Conflict Demands Political Engagement Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Patel, R., Wild, H. 2018; 12 (5): 567-568

    View details for DOI 10.1017/dmp.2017.133

  • MAKING PASTORALISTS COUNT: HEALTH SURVEILLANCE OF A NOMADIC POPULATION USING A GEOSPATIALLY DERIVED SAMPLING FRAME Wild, H., Glowacki, L., Maples, S., Mejia-Guevara, I., Hiruy, A., Krystosik, A., Bonds, M., LaBeaud, A., Barry, M. AMER SOC TROP MED & HYGIENE. 2018: 659?60

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