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One of RMBHK’s missions is to conduct and participate in research that betters the well-being of women and children in developing countries. In 2008, The Indiana University-Kenya Partnership was selected by the National Institutes of Health to join the Global Network for Women's and Infant's Health Research. This five-year, $5 million grant will allow Indiana University School of Medicine and Moi University School of Medicine faculty to conduct research to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of simple, community-based health-care interventions such as protein supplementation for infants and training of traditional birth attendants in the proper care of obstetrical and neonatal emergencies. The Riley Mother Baby Hospital of Kenya will be a key participant in this endeavor. "Much of the maternal and infant mortality in the developing world could be prevented by simple and effective intervention, yet these interventions have not been implemented," said Dr. Edward Liechty, Neonatalogist and Professor of Pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children. "This research will focus on demonstrating that these interventions can be implemented in a cost effective manner by existing health care systems with improvement in survival and quality of life. We will then focus on transitioning the interventions from research to acceptance as standard of care, with a goal of reducing infant mortality in developing countries by as much as 50 percent."