Medical & Health Sciences
Dr Martha Mwangome holds an M.Sc. in Global Health Sciences from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Nutrition Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Dr Mwangome is a Research scientist at KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Program, Kilifi, Kenya. She has more than 10 years’ experience in public health and nutrition research in Africa. Her research has broadly focused on strategies to identify, prevent and manage nutritional vulnerability among infants aged below 6 months (u6m) employing both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. She has published extensively on extending the use of simple anthropometric measurements such as the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) to define nutritional vulnerability in early infancy. She is currently funded by the Global Health strategy, Africa Research Excellence Fund(AREF) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to assess the applicability of 2013 WHO updated guidelines for treatment of ill malnourished infants u6m and explore the use of breastfeeding peer supporters towards re-establishing exclusive breastfeeding of ill malnourished infants within public hospital setting. She is also funded to estimate body composition of malnourished infants u6m and the composition of breastmilk consumed by infants u6m presenting with different nutritional classifications. Dr Mwangome is a member of the African Nutrition Society (ANS) and the American Society of Clinical Nutrition (ASN). She actively participates in the Nutrition research technical working group (TWG) in Kenya, the Management of Acute Malnutrition in infants under 6 months (MAMI) special interest group and the Concurrent Wasting and Stunting (WaSt) Technical working group hosted by the Emergency Nutrition Network.