Malawi is one African country that has significantly improved the nutritional status and health of its citizens. For example, stunting decreased by 10% between 2010 and 2016, and vitamin A deficiency dropped from 22% in 2009 to 3.6% in 2016. But the country’s remaining challenges require relevant data about the local diet and its nutrient composition.
Updates from the Nutrition Innovation Lab
Sanele Nkomani, MS, RD is the recipient of 2020 Emerging Dietetic Leader Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This award recognizes the competence and activities of dietitians, who have made contributions early in their dietetics careers.
A novel study conducted by Srinivasan et al. and published in Economics & Human Biology looks at changes in physical activity patterns, specifically drudgery reduction, and how these changes might affect the energy requirements of both men and women in rural households in Ghana and India. The study, “Drudgery reduction, physical activity and energy requirements in rural livelihoods,” explains that drudgery reduction is the substitution of activities with moderate/vigorous/very vigorous energy intensity with activities that use light energy intensity.
New research from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition was recently published in Food Security. “The effects of male out-migration on household food security in rural Nepal ” details gender and food insecurity focusing on male-out migration in the mountains of Far West Nepal. (To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to examine male out-migration effects on household food security in this region in Nepal).
Fish has always been a food source that is rich in many nutrients. In a paper recently published by Dr. Andrew Throne-Lyman, he points out that the nutrient composition of fish is enough to improve nutrition in malnourished communities living near fisheries.
Newly published research investigating the relation of maternal aflatoxin exposure with adverse birth outcomes such as birth weight, birth length, anthropometric z scores, low birth weight, small-for-gestational-age, stunting, and preterm birth.
Twenty percent of infants were of low birth rate and 32% were small-for-gestational-age. Sixteen percent of infants were stunted at birth and 13% of infants were born preterm.
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In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition conducted the Second National Workshop titled “Nutrition Research Designs and Methods”, in Kathmandu, Nepal from April 21-27, 2019.
Dr. Shibani Ghosh and Dr. Robin Shrestha from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition attended the Colorful Harvest: From Feeding to Nourishing a Growing World- Horticulture Research for Development Conference. Dr.
By: Dr. Bernadette Chimera
Postgraduate Dietetics Program, College of Medicine