Researchers at RTI International have won a five-year extension of a contract to find means of improving the health of women and children in developing countries.

The contract could be worth as much as $7 million.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is funding the work, which was launched in 2001. The contract is part of the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research.

"Preventable deaths, illness, and disability disproportionately affect poor women and children, especially in the developing regions of the world," said Tyler Hartwell, an RTI statistician and the project manager for the network data coordinating center. "Our research for the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research will help to identify and evaluate interventions in developing countries that will improve the health of women and children."

Teams are developing, testing and adapting integrated biomedical, behavioral, social and public health interventions to tackle a variety of health issues.