Food for thought: Childhood nutrition in low-income countries.

Event 11 Jan 2015

Enteropathy – the missing piece of the jigsaw in severe malnutrition?

Stephen Allen - Professor of Paediatrics/Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, LSTM

Malnutrition and child development

Dr. Melissa Gladstone - Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Neurodisability & International Child Health,. University of Liverpool 

Nutrition rehabilitation for children with Severe Acute Malnutrition - challenges in facility, & in follow up.

Dr. Isabella Sylvester Swai - Paediatrician, Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania..

Professor Stephen Allen joined the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in September 2014, with the mission to further develop global child health by creating exciting opportunities in the UK and overseas for new staff in research, clinical practice and teaching. He holds an Honorary Consultant Paediatrician post at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where the main aim is to advance clinical research in paediatric gastroenterology.
Stephen is the current International Officer for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Chair of the NIHR-Children Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition Clinical Studies Group.

Dr. Melissa Gladstone is a Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Neurodisability and International Child Health. She works at Alder Hey seeing children with disabilities in the community. Dr. Gladstone spent her early research career creating a developmental assessment tool for use in Malawi, the MDAT. This is freely available and is used now in over 8 countries in Africa as an outcome measure. Dr. Gladstone works with the World Health Organisation on the Expert panel for Early Child Development and Childhood Developmental Disorders and is working on identifying indicators for early child development on a global scale. She has also conducted one of the first studies worldwide on the outcomes of correctly gestationally dated infants born prematurely in community settings in Africa and has shown the high excess rates of mortality and morbidity in this group even in those born only in the late premature phase.
Presently, Dr. Gladstone is working on creating interventions to improve outcomes of children with neurodevelopmental delay and disabilities in low cost settings as well as looking at outcomes of children affected by malaria in pregnancy.

Dr. Isabella Sylvester Swai is a paediatrician working in Malnutrition Ward of the Muhimbili National Hospital. Isabella is so passionate about childhood nutrition since very early on in her career as a medical doctor. She started working in a malnutrition unit as a general practitioner and even after becoming a paediatrician her passion keeps pushing her on to pursue a post graduate diploma in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town South Africa. As a mother of two boys and attending paediatrician in the Malnutrition Unit, childhood nutrition and issues associated with it became a never ending journey with much excitement coming from teaching medical students and those who are doing masters studies in Paediatrics: moreover her involvement in outreach programs and training of lower health carder in preventive measures as well as management of children with malnutrition gives her the authority she has in the field of childhood nutrition in the country.