Last delivery in Pith Moromo

IMG_2121.JPGOur Kenyan pregnancy cohort can now be called a birth cohort! The 371st mama in Pith Moromo (Luo for “Enough Feeding”) has delivered her baby. Many thanks to our fabulous study team in Nyanza (pictured here, collecting data on a tablet) for their dedication, diligence, and overall good cheer.

SNAP: Formative work well underway in Tanzania!

3454a1d2f701883021508919a52227d3With many thanks to our colleagues at Action Aid Tanzania, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology and our new friends in Singida, some wonderful formative work for the Singida Nutrition and Agroecology Project was conducted this summer. Woo hoo!

Farmer-led curriculum for East Africa well underway!

We had an absolutely astounding week in Ekwendeni, Malawi, working on developing an integrated curriculum that can be used by farmers to teach other farmers about agroecological techniques, nutrition, gender equality and climate change. Did I mention these messages will be tied together with a dramatic soap opera outline, and feature plenty of singing, dancing, and science? Faculty and students from several institutions (Cornell, Michigan State, Chancellor College, University of Manitoba, Action Aid Tanzania) joined with farmer scientists from the Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities project for curriculum development, farm visits, and even a little bit of soccer. Thanks again Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future for the support!



“Evaluative Ethnography” laid out in awesome new forthcoming text

9781138792227In a chapter in “Ethnographic Research in Maternal and Child Health” Gretel Pelto and I introduce the term “evaluative ethnography” to capture the multi-faceted roles of ethnography to inform and improve the translational process from discovery-oriented research to implementation research. The book, edited by Fiona Dykes and Renée Flacking will be out in 2016, and is definitely worth checking out.

The first UpToDate entry on pica is out

UptodateUpToDate is a handy-dandy online clinical reference tool that clinicians around the world use. I was delighted that they asked me to prepare their first entry on pica. And, I was lucky enough to have Jean Cox, MS, RD, who cares for many women with pica in New Mexico, as co-author. Thanks Jean!

Pith Moromo cohort enrollment concluded– with thanks to Pith Moromo team and Beyoncé

pop-live-beyonce-premieres-grown-woman-during-mrs-carter-world-tour-in-parisWe are delighted to have completed enrollment of all 371 pregnant women into our NIMH-funded observational cohort study in Nyanza, Kenya. Over 200 infants have already been born, including a baby Beyoncé*! None of this would be possible without the excellent enrollment and retainment efforts of the whole Pith Moromo 2 crew. Bravo! (*Actual photo not used.)