Our last little baby, (participant number 403) in our PreNAPS study in northern Uganda has been born– hurray hurray! Many thanks to the whole NAPS team, and especially Barnabas Natamba. They have been working hard to implement manage this big and important study. The follow-up study, PostNAPS, is slated to finish in January 2015.
Our evaluation of the nutritional effects of the Food by Prescription program in Nyanza Province, Kenya, has just been published. This is important because limited data exist to guide food programs targeted to persons living with HIV/AIDS in terms of identifying individuals with the greatest potential to benefit, appropriate enrollment criteria, optimal duration, and appropriate exit criteria. Congrats to Jason Nagata and team!
I am so pleased that the first quantitative examination of infant feeding practices in the context of HIV has been published in Maternal and Child Health Journal. Much gratitude to my colleagues at UCSF and in Uganda for their efforts to make this happen.
Angela Arbach (center) has arrived in Kenya to join Beryl Oyier (R) and Sophie Otticha (L) for a PhotoVoice study on the determinants of infant feeding practices. She will be bringing her considerable expertise developed during her PhotoVoice work with the NAPS study in Uganda, about experiences with food insecurity during pregnancy.
Congratulations to Winny Achoko and Claire Biribawa! These two members of our esteemed NAPS team in Uganda have been selected for the International Course in Nutrition Research Methods, offered by the Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaboration at St. John’s Medical College and Research Institute, in Bangalore, India. We are so proud.
Sera and her new baby daughter Aurora Penelope Lucks went to Kisumu, Kenya to check in on formative work that will inform the cohort study “Pith Moromo”. Pith Moromo will provide insights on the mechanisms by which food insecurity impacts pregnant and lactating mothers and their children, and is slated to begin Summer 2014.
As part of our ongoing NAPS cohort, we will be assessing the neurodevelopment of infants in our study at 6 and 12 months. Ms. Annet Biribawa of Global Health Uganda has trained two NAPS research assistants from Gulu, Harriet and Daniel to administer the Mullen Scales of Early Learning, CBCL, and HOME interviews instruments. From L to R: Harriet Achola, Annet Biribawa, and Daniel Onen.