WEBINAR: The Relationship Between Aflatoxin Exposure and Chronic Malnutrition in Nampula Province, Mozambique

10 June 2021. The Relationship Between Aflatoxin Exposure and Chronic Malnutrition in Nampula Province, Mozambique

In 2018, the Innovation Lab for Nutrition, along with partners at Universidade Lúrio, ANSA, and INS, conducted a study to examine the association between aflatoxin and height in young children. This webinar, shared findings from the study, including relationships found between children’s height and aflatoxin, as well as agricultural and dietary contributors to increased aflatoxin levels. It also launched the study report, which will be available on the website following the webinar.

  • Maureen Malavé – Maureen Malavé serves as the Nutrition Team Lead at the USAID Mission to Mozambique, where she manages a multisectoral nutrition portfolio focused on working alongside the Mozambican government to reduce childhood stunting. Maureen oversaw the preparation, implementation, and dissemination of the aflatoxin study in Mozambique. Maureen has a Master of Public Health in Population and Family Health and Forced Migration from Columbia University’s Mailman School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Villanova University.
  • João Salavessa – João Salavessa is an UniLurio Associate Professor and the Project Coordinator of the UniLurio: Support to Skills Development for Agriculture and Industry Project granted by the African Development Bank. He holds PhD in Food Science and Technology from the Universiade Técnica de Lisboa (Portugal) and is the Local Principal Investigator of the Mozambique aflatoxin study.
  • Sofia Costa– Sofia Costa is the Director of the Center for Studies and Health Services at UniLúrio, where she is also a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Health Sciences. She completed her post-grad in pediatric nutrition and is currently a nutritionist as well as the Local Co-Principal Investigator of the Mozambique aflatoxin study.
  • Katie Appel- Katie Appel is an Assistant Researcher for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition. Katie has a Master of Science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and she has been with the Innovation Lab for Nutrition since 2016.
  • Shibani Ghosh– Shibani Ghosh is a Research Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She is also the associate director for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition with experience working in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Her research interests are in understanding the role of agriculture in improving nutrition while ensuring health, assessing the diet and non-diet determinants of nutritional status of infants and young children, and testing interventions aimed at improving maternal and infant nutrition and growth.

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