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!
In 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.
UpToDate 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!
Congratulations to our very own Devon McMahon for winning a Fulbright to return to Nepal to study health worker retention. Awesome work, Devon!
We 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.)
In our paper just published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, we report findings on how undernutrition among children in Tororo, Uganda, is associated with lower absorption of some HIV drugs. More research is needed to understand the mechanisms underpinning these observations. Congrats to Imke and team!
Some awesome faculty at Cornell Weill put on an important and engaging symposium on Women in Global Health Research. They were kind enough to invite a number of us down from Ithaca, and it was a lovely occasion for a quick group reunion with Angela Arbach (post-call here!).
Our meta-analysis of the relationship between pica and several micronutrient deficiencies is on the cover of volume 27 of the American Journal of Human Biology.