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Sahai Burrowes

Sahai Burrowes

College: CEHS

Department: Public Health Program

Title: Associate Professor

Phone: (707) 638-5837

Fax: (707) 638-5871

E-Mail: sburrowe2@touro.edu

Office: Wilderman Hall, Rm. 403

Professor Burrowes studies the political economy of development assistance for health with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She has a PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis  from the University of California, Berkeley where her research centered on the politics of development assistance allocation in Malawi.

Before attending the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Burrowes managed and provided technical assistance for international HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs in Burma (Myanmar), Madagascar, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi and Zanzibar for UCSF, Catholic Relief Services, and CARE Australia. 

University of California Berkeley: PhD in Health Policy, May 2014

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University: Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, May 1997

University of California at Santa Cruz: Bachelor of Arts, Politics, June 1995

Sahai Burrowes teaches Health Policy and Management, Global Health Economics, and Global Health Policy.

Professor Burrowes’s research interests include: the politics of global health policy making, particularly with regards to task-shifting and reproductive health policies; mid- and community-level providers and quality of care for reproductive health care services; the sub-national distribution of development assistance for health; and the impact of non-state service providers on state capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Touro College, Seed Funding Grant Program in the Biomedical/Health Sciences  2018 (with TUC COM & NY Medical School) to study woman-centered, community-based cervical cancer screening in Ethiopia.

PA Foundation Global Outreach Grant, 2018 to conduct two community health needs assessments in Uganda on adolescents reproductive healthcare seeking behavior and on the nutritional transition.

AmplifyChange Network Grant with the Ethiopian Midwives Association & UC Berkeley to conduct a nationwide assessment on the impact of stigma and training on midwives' willingness to provide safe abortion services in Ethiopia

AidData Kick Starter Award for mapping the growth of community-based health organizations in Malawi

TUC IRAP grants (2014 & 2016) to study midwives respect for patients' rights during labor and delivery care and patient experiences of cervical cancer diagnosis and treatment in Debre Markos, Ethiopia

Inroads Seed Grant for refining & pre-testing a tool to assess provider abortion stigma in Ethiopia

Mentored Research Award, UC Berkeley, 2011-2012 to map the factors associated the sub-national distribution of development assistance in Malawi

Dessie G, Fasil Wagnew F, Mulugeta H, Amare D,  Jara D, Tesema CL, Negesse A,  Rayasam S, Burrowes S. (2019) The effect of disclosure on adherence to antiretroviral therapy among adults living with HIV in Ethiopia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Infectious Diseases. 19(1), 528. https://bmcinfectdis.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12879-019-4148-3

Chukwuocha UM, Iwuoha GN, Nwakwuo GC, Egbe PK, Ezeihekaibe CD, Ekiyor CP, Dozie IN, Burrowes S. (2019) Malaria care-seeking behaviour among HIV-infected patients receiving antiretroviral treatment in South-Eastern Nigeria: A cross-sectional study. PLoS ONE. 2019;14(5):e0213742. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0213742

Dessie G, Mulugeta H, Leshargie CT, Wagnew F, Burrowes S (2019) Depression among epileptic patients and its association with drug therapy in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 14(3): e0202613. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0202613

Negessie A , Jara D, Taddele M, Burrowes S (2019). Determinants of undernutrition among adult patients receiving antiretroviral therapy at Debre Markos referral hospital, Northwest Ethiopia: a case-control study design. BMC Nutrition 5 (1) https://doi.org/10.1186/s40795-019-0284-9

Holcombe SJ, Burrowes S, Hailu D, Scott R, Berhe A. Professional pragmatism and abortion stigma: Assessing the performance of the Stigmatizing Attitudes, Beliefs and Actions Scale (SABAS) among Ethiopian midwives. African Journal of Reproductive Health2018. 22:2, 26-39.https://www.ajrh.info/index.php/ajrh/article/view/1422

Burrowes S.  Katangale or kuba?: development assistance and the experiences and perceptions of local corruption in Malawi. Development Studies Research, 2018. 5:1, 37-49.https://doi.org/10.1080/21665095.2018.1444499

Adamu W, Jara D, Alemayehu M, Burrowes S. Risk factors associated with poor health outcomes for children under the age of 5 with moderate acute malnutrition in rural Fagita Lekoma District, Awi Zone, Amhara, Ethiopia, 2016. BMC Nutrition 2017;3:88. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40795-017-0208-5

Burrowes S, Holcombe SJ, Jara D, Carter D, Smith K. Midwives’ and patients’ perspectives on disrespect and abuse during labor and delivery care in Ethiopia: a qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2017 Aug 22;17(1):263. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-017-1442-1

Keller, A.  Ansell C,  Reingold A, Bourrier M,  Hunter M,  Burrowes S,  MacPhail T. Improving pandemic response: a sensemaking perspective on the spring 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy. 2012 3(2) 1–37. doi:10.1515/1944-4079.1101

Burrowes, Sahai and Laurence Peiperl (2007). Selected NGOs Activities in HIV and Web Links, in Paul A. Volberding, et al. eds., Global HIV/AIDS Medicine (Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier).

Burrowes, Sahai. A Synthesis of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Studies on HIV Infection and AIDS Conducted in Myanmar , HIV/AIDS Project and Human Development Initiative Project, UNDP, UNOPS, June 20, 1998. Manuscript available at: http://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/pdf/cr08-bm-04.pdf

  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, American Political Science Association
  • Member, Association of African Studies
  • Member, AidData Research Consortium
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study, UC Berkeley, 2007-2009
  • UC San Francisco Tier Two Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Award, 2005
  • Fellowship, Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows Program, 1999-2000
  • International Fellowship, International Foundation for Education & Self-Help, 1997-1998
Last Updated: 11/29/21