Dr. Martha Carlough, OIA Director, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine with an adjunct appointment in the Maternal and Child Health Department of the UNC School of Public Health. She actively attends on the Family Medicine MCH service and provides full scope outpatient care. Dr. Carlough also serves part-time as Safe Motherhood and Newborn Care Clinical Advisor for IntraHealth International, Inc. Dr. Carlough has over fifteen 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 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.
Through her role as an educator and advisor to UNC, Dr. Carlough has supported the UNC student global health groups (Honduran Health Alliance, Projyecto Puentes de Salud, and International Health Forum), 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.