New staff members
In early 2023, Jeofrey Mtemeri and Rehema Abiyo joined our team to boost data analysis and dissemination, and support the design of educational resources for our two sites.
Welcome on board!
Warmly hosted by the entire UK team, Pam & Henriette presented our project at Aston's Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment (IHN) on 15th December, 2023.
Our methods have been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR):
Zeidler, H., Farrow, C., Jarman, M., Koteng, G., Simatende, B., Matthews, D.,
Mooya, H., Shapiro, L., & Wadende, P. (2022).
The Role of Mealtimes in Fostering Language Development and Aligning Home and School Learning:
Protocol for a Multi-Method Study of Preschool Children in Rural Kenya and Zambia.
JMIR research protocols, 11(7), e36925.
Following a lift of COVID restrictions, our entire team was finally able to meet in person. Hosted by our Zambian colleagues, we spent a week catching up, visiting field sites, streamlining data processing, and planning our next steps.
Kenyan advisory board meeting
Coinciding with the visit of our Zambian colleagues, the Kenyan team held their first non-virtual advisory board meeting in Nanyuki.
Teachers, policy makers, researchers, university representatives and local team members met to discuss our progress to date and devise strategies for community engagement and future interventions.
Zambian team visits Kenya
Six months after our first in-person meeting, the Zambian team paid a return visit to the Kenyan site.
We discussed our methods, visited a participating school, shared experiences - and greatly enjoyed having some time together.
Our first publication is out!
Led by our nutrition experts Megan Jarman and Claire Farrow, we analysed our first set of dietary recall data collected at the onset of the COVID pandemic in Kenya:
Jarman, M., Zeidler, H., Shapiro, L., Clarke, R., Mooya, H., Simatende, B., Matthews, D., Koteng, G., Wadende, P., & Farrow, C. (2021).
Qualitative Accounts of School-Aged Children’s Diets during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Central Kenya. Nutrients, 13(10), 3543.
Kenyan team visits Zambia
Following nearly two years of zoom meetings, the Kenyan and Zambia teams were finally able to meet on the ground. During an intense and hugely rewarding week in Livingstone, we shared experiences and brought each other up to date on data collection, transcriptions, and coding.
We kicked off our outreach program by presenting our work at a meeting of the Education and Social Sciences Research Association of Kenya, whose mandate to provide equitable access to education, foster exchange and support the creation of educational networks in Kenya is closely aligned with our project goals:
Eating behaviour and nutrition research - a focus on Africa
We presented our first nutrition-related results at a seminar on appetite, food intake and nutrition research based in Africa hosted by the British Feeding and Drinking Group
We presented our methods at the 28th Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading: