Bashaasha, Bernard

Association Between Bio-fortification and Child Nutrition Among Smallholder Households in Uganda

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We explored the empirical relationship between bio-fortification and child nutrition in Uganda. The research expanded the traditional approach used to address child nutrition by including in the model a categorical dependent variable for a household growing bio-fortified crop varieties. We used three waves of panel data from the Feed. The Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, collected from 6 districts in Uganda.

Markers of Environmental Enteric Dysfunction Are Associated with Poor Growth and Iron Status in Rural Ugandan Infants

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Abstract

Background

Environmental enteric dysfunction (EED), characterized by altered intestinal permeability/inflammation, microbial translocation, and systemic inflammation (SI), may be a significant contributor to micronutrient deficiencies and poor growth in infants from low-resource settings.

Objective

We examined associations among EED, SI, growth, and iron status at 6 mo of age.

Methods

Unsafe Drinking Water Is Associated with Environmental Enteric Dysfunction and Poor Growth Outcomes in Young Children in Rural Southwestern Uganda

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Environmental enteric dysfunction (EED), a subclinical disorder of the small intestine, and poor growth are associated with living in poor water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) conditions, but specific risk factors remain unclear. Nested within a birth cohort study, this study investigates relationships among water quality, EED, and growth in 385 children living in southwestern Uganda. Water quality was assessed using a portable water quality test when children were 6 months, and safe water was defined as lacking Escherichia coli contamination.

District Presentations: Effectiveness of Integrated Agriculture, Health Livelihood and Nutrition Interventions to Improve Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health in Rural Uganda: A Birth Cohort Study.

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These presentations were made in various Ugandan Districts, covering data gathered during the Uganda Birth Cohort Study specific to each of those districts.

The presentations were delivered in April of 2016 by Drs. Bernard Bashaasha and Florence Kinyata.

Click on the district name to see its specific presentation.

Implementing a Cold-Chain System for Nutritional Assessment in Rural Uganda; Field Experiences from the Nutrition Innovation Lab Cohort Study

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The objective of this venture was to elaborate on the procedures undertaken to establish blood draws and cold chain for nutrition assessments. A total of 5,044 birth cohort households were enrolled and assessed using household questionnaires, anthropometry, and blood sampling to assess nutritional issues and exposures to environmental contaminants. The challenge was to obtain, transport, process, store, and analyze tens of thousands of serum samples obtained in sites that were often difficult to reach.