Dr. Martha Carlough, OIA Director, is a Full Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine with an adjunct appointments in the Maternal and Child Health and Public Health Leadership Departments of the UNC School of Public Health. She actively attends on the Family Medicine maternal and child health service and provides full scope outpatient care. Dr. Carlough has more than 20 years experience in global health and development work, including nine years in residence in Nepal where she worked both working in clinical medicine and as MCH advisor to the Ministry of Health Safe Motherhood Programme.
Dr. Carlough has been used as a technical consultant by IntraHealth International (where she served for 14 years as Senior Safe Motherhood Clinical Advisor), DFID (Nepal Safer Motherhood Project) and JHPIEGO/MNH (Nepal Family Health Project) and has worked on diverse projects, including: MARAM Project (developing of clinical protocols and a referral system for Maternity Homes in West Bank and Gaza) and on the HAREG/Ethiopia project formulation of the first national guidelines for the Prevention of Maternal to Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) and in Armenia for the development of a FM training curriculum.
A recognized expert in the field of international safe motherhood and family medicine, she has worked specifically in areas of: skilled birth attendant training and assessment, evidence-based emergency obstetric and newborn care, malaria in pregnancy, prevention of maternal to child HIV transmission and community level nutrition and health surveillance. She is currently on the advisory board of the AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives.
Through her role as an educator and advisor at UNC/Chapel Hill, Dr. Carlough has supported the UNC student global health groups (Honduran Health Alliance, Projyecto Puentes de Salud, International Health Forum, and Physicians for Human Rights), developed global health educational resources and courses for UNC medical students, public health students and UNC/H resident physicians and become an important link between SOM departments, students, and the wider UNC community interested in global health.