Craig, Hope

School of Public Health - International Health

MSPH

Kenya

Nutrition RISING Initiative for UNICEF East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO)

Work is needed to accelerate progress on improving the diets of infants and young children in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region. A diverse diet can support children to meet nutrient needs for growth and development. Preliminary analyses of national survey data from 7 ESA countries suggest that while variation exists across countries, less than a third of children aged 6-23 months in any country meet the minimum dietary diversity threshold and under 20% meet the criteria of minimal acceptable diet (Nutrition RISING Initiative, 2019). Variation in these indicators within countries remains uncertain, hindering potential targeting of interventions.

Acceptable and feasible approaches to support dietary quality and increase accessibility to diverse foods and social and behavior change communication in the ESA region are needed. Using a mixed methods approach, this research will explore sociocultural and environmental factors influencing patterns of infant feeding across countries in the ESA region. This work will utilize key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and pile sorting activities with families with infants aged 6-23 months to explore community and household level factors that influence patterns of infant feeding, particularly as relating to dietary quality. This research builds upon ongoing collaboration between JHSPH and UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office that aims to help fill research gaps and inform the development of evidence-based programs and policies to support child nutrition in the ESA region.

Advisor/Mentor: Dr. Andrew Thorne-Lyman

People

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...
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