Our Work in Africa: Egypt


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The Nutrition Innovation Lab team worked in Egypt from 2015-2016.  The team examined both obesity and stunting in Egypt, as both are common and increasing in prevalence.  Unlike many countries, obesity and stunting cut across socioeconomic groups and affect individuals regardless of wealth and education.

The Nutrition Innovation Lab planned to conduct 3 major activities for this study:

  • Literature review
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Primary data collection for mycotoxin exposure and environmental enteropathy

Relationship of Stunting and Overweight in Egyptian children under five years of age: Trends and associated risk factors.

Authors: Shibani Ghosh; Grace Namirembe; Marwa Moaz; Ashish Pokharel; Elizabeth Marino-Costello; Jeffrey Griffiths; Patrick Webb September 2016
Egypt’s emerging economy faces a dual burden wherein there is coexistence of under and over nutrition, either in the same population, community, household or same individual. The dual burden of disease can be extremely variable in its manifestation. It can, for example, be manifested as stunted children who are concurrently obese, or as stunted children who may not be currently obese but who are at risk of early onset chronic diseases. Secondary Analysis provided by the Nutrition Innovation Lab.