Dr. Elizabeth Fox wins student poster competition at the Society for Applied Anthropology!

logoCongratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Fox for winning 1st place in the student poster
competition at the Society for Applied Anthropology’s 2016 Annual
Meeting
 in Vancouver. The poster highlighted a part of Elizabeth’s dissertation in which she used free listing to illuminate the array of messages HIV-infected mothers received in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and in which she explored the intra-cultural differences betwe
en health workers, and HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected mothers.

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Iron-Folic Acid and Calcium Supplementation in Pregnancy

Our paper, led by Stephanie Martin, on the use of formative research to develop behavior change strategies to promote iron-folic acid and calcium supplementation in pregnancy is now available in Maternal and Child Nutrition! In brief, we conducted in-depth interviews with pregnant and postpartum women and health workers in western Kenya to identify barriers and facilitators IFA_Calciumto adherence to prenatal micronutrient supplements. We then used our findings to develop a behavior change strategy with activities targeting the health system, health facility, community, household, and individual levels. This research and strategy are presented here, and the behavior change materials can be viewed here and above.

Low B-12 concentrations in Kenyan women’s breastmilk

Congratulations to Dr. Anne Williams and co-authors! Our manuscrhome_coveript “Breastmilk vitamin B-12 concentrations are low and are not associated with reported household hunger, recent animal source food or vitamin B-12 intake among women in rural Kenya” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Nutrition. We found lower than average dietary B-12 intake and breastmilk B-12 concentrations in lactating Kenyan women. This has important policy and programmatic applications for maternal health and child development.