Child undernutrition is a major public health issue in developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africa has reported one of the highest rates of child undernutrition globally. The factors associated with this health challenge are diverse as they are interconnected. In resource-limited countries as those in sub-Saharan Africa, it is imperative to ascertain the most significant determinants of sub-optimal child health so interventions which target the most vulnerable sub-populations could be implemented. The focus of this presentation is to identify out of a wide range of factors, the most significant determinants which influence child nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. Based on available evidence, policy implications to improve child nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa will be proposed using Nigeria as a case study.
About Blessing Akombi
Dr Blessing Akombi joined the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) in May 2019 as an Associate Lecturer in Global Health. She completed her PhD in Childhood Undernutrition in Nigeria at Western Sydney University, holds a Master of Public Health from University of Newcastle, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Hons). She has undertaken research in areas including child nutrition, child mortality, maternal health and perinatal health in sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) and South Asia (Nepal and Bangladesh). Her current research interests lie in maternal and child health, social perspectives on community health, health service utilization and health promotion in vulnerable populations. Dr Akombi will be convening Reproductive, Maternal and Children’s health (PHCM9606) course alongside Professor Heather Worth.