Dr. Boateng Joins the Young Research Group

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The Young Research Group welcomes its newest member – Dr. Godfred Odei Boateng to Cornell. He recently completed his PhD in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, London. Having worked in both developing and developed countries, Dr. Boateng joins the team to work towards advancing research on maternal and child nutrition. He will primarily be focused on analysis of our Pith Moromo data, our birth cohort study in Kenya.

Water and Health Conference, UNC Chapel Hill

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During a busy and engaging week at the UNC Water and Health Conference, Natalie Krumdieck and Shalean Collins presented preliminary water security data from our Pith Moromo cohort study in Kenya. These exciting analyses have paved the way for further exploration of the causes and consequences of household water insecurity-more to follow on this exciting research!

Congratulations to Rachel Bezner Kerr and the rest of our curriculum team

Congratulations to Rachel Bezner Kerr and the rest of our curriculum team for placing 3rd at the Atkinson Center’s 2015 Trustee Council pitch and poster contest. Rachel did a smashing job presenting our integrated, participatory curriculum on Agroecology, Climate Change, Nutrition, and Social Equity that we developed this summer in Malawi. It is slated to be implemented in Malawi in late 2015 and in Tanzania in Spring 2016, in our SNAP trial. Bravo!

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Family Medicine Global Health Workshop

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Busy in her last year at Weill Cornell Medical College, Natalie Krumdieck found time to escape from neurology to share some intriguing data from Pith Moromo with colleagues at a Family Medicine Global Health Workshop. Her analyses are the beginning of more in-depth work on depression in this cohort – stay tuned for more!

Oooooh, SNAP!

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Many of our Singida Nutrition and Agroecology Project (SNAP) team members were able to reunite at the McKnight Foundation’s annual Collaborative Crop Research Community of Practice meeting in Arusha. SNAP investigators there included Clara Mollay and Ika Martin from Nelson … Continue reading

Rabbit farming to reduce food insecurity!?!?!

The Pith Moromo team will begin a small exploratory study of the role of smallholder rabbit farming to reduce food insecurity and improve income. To do this, we will be partnering with a small community-based organization, Pamoja. They are currently facilitating rabbit farming amongst vulnerable families near Kisumu, Kenya; these are photos from our recent visit to the farm with some Pamoja folks. We have been unable to find any data on the impact of smallholder rabbit farming on human nutrition, health, or income, and would be delighted if anyone could share any data that may be out there!

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Cluster-randomized trial of a baby-friendly community initiative to increase breastfeeding in rural Kenya

The protocol paper for our baby-friendly community initiative trial in rural Kenya is out! While you may have heard of baby-friendly hospital initiatives to increase breastfeeding, these don’t quite get at one of the key promoters (or barriers) to optimal breastfeeding: the community. This is therefore a novel and potentially very powerful  approach to getting more human milk in vulnerable babies! I am delighted to be collaborating with the many excellent scientists on this study, including Prof. Judith Kimiywe at Kenyatta UniversityDr. Elizabeth Kimani at the African Population and Health Research Center, and Ms. Betty Samburu, a PhD student at Kenyatta University.

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.