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Tackling child undernutrition in sub-Saharan Africa

Event date: 
24 July 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Room 305, Level 3, Samuels Building, UNSW Upper Campus, Kensington
Open to: 
Open to all
Cost: 
Free - no booking required
Event Type: 
Seminar
School/Unit: 
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, SPHCM
Booking deadline: 

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.

Contact for inquiries: 
Ravit Danieli-Vlandis ravit@unsw.edu.au
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