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.
Sera has received the prestigious Margaret Mead Prize, given jointly by the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association in recognition of exemplary skills in broadening the impact of anthropology. For more info, see the recent Chronicle story.
… and we have Ms. Sophie Otticha, Ms. Beryl Oyier, Ms. Vicky Spraggon (pictured here) and Dr. Maricianah Onono (camera shy) to thank for it. These findings will inform the cohort study about the health consequences of food insecurity for moms and babies, planned for Summer 2014.
A film crew making a documentary about geophagy, called Eat White Dirt came to Ithaca to interview Sera and Dr. Kimberly O’Brien about their work on pica.
Our review on the role of food insecurity in adherence to HIV recommendations has been published in AIDS & Behavior.
Our review on measuring food insecurity is out in Advances in Nutrition.
Hijab Khan (Cornell 2016) and Sophie Mou (Cornell 2016) have joined the group, and will be working on data from our NAPS study in Uganda.