Nutrition specialists

Kristen Cashin manages FANTA-2's Technical Support Service, which provides technical support and builds the capacity of PVOs that implement food security and child survival programs in developing countries. Kristen specializes in maternal and child nutrition, and her experience at AED includes developing a regional anemia prevention program for adolescent girls in East and Southern Africa, co-writing a tool to help PVOs design effective nutrition programs, collaborating on a training guide for community-based management of malnutrition, and conducting multiple trainings on monitoring and evaluation for Title II food security programs. Prior to working at AED, Kristen served as a PVO technical advisor for food security and maternal and child health programs operating in Senegal, Vietnam, and Tajikistan. She has also worked with child survival, microcredit, and maternal and child health programs in Peru. Kristen holds an MS degree in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition. She speaks Spanish.

Omar Dary holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside, and a licentiate degree in Biology from the National University in Guatemala. He has worked with governments, researchers, and food companies around the world to assess the nutritional status of populations and the need and potential of using micronutrient interventions, especially food fortification in order to correct micronutrient gaps. His participation in these projects includes design, enactment of standards, implementation, enforcement, and monitoring and evaluation. He has given priority to human capacity building of local personnel. He has served as an advisor for WHO, PAHO, UNICEF, CDC, IDD-ICC, the International Vitamin A Consultative Group, and the Global Forum in Micronutrients. He has worked in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He is a native Spanish speaker.

Megan Deitchler is a research advisor for the USAID-funded Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance II Project (FANTA-2). She has more than 10 years of technical experience in areas related to maternal and child health, nutrition, and food security. She also has expertise in research design, sampling and data analysis methods, and program monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Ms. Deitchler has a MPH from Tulane University with a focus on international nutrition. She is proficient in French.

Hedwig Deconinck has 20 years of experience in management, training, and research in emergency health and nutrition in Africa and Asia with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, the School of Public Health at the University of Louvain, Health Action in Crises of the WHO, and Save the Children. She holds a BSc in Health Sciences, an MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology, an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and an MPH. She has been working with the FANTA-2 Project since 2007 as emergency nutrition advisor, providing programmatic and technical support, strengthening the knowledge base, and promoting proven approaches at the global and country levels for emergency partners and governments in assessment, management, capacity development, and research on the management of acute malnutrition in emergency, development, and HIV contexts. She is a member of the IASC Global Nutrition Cluster. Her mother tongue is Dutch; she is fluent in English and French and conversant in German and Spanish.

Serigne M. Diene, Ph.D.
, has over 35 years of experience in the design and implementation of community-based nutrition programs, action research/program evaluation, nutrition policy analysis and advocacy, as well as micronutrient/fortification and HIV and nutrition. Since 2008, he has been Senior Nutrition and HIV Advisor with the FANTA-2 project.  Prior to this position, he worked as Senior West Africa Nutrition Advisor seconded to the Helen Keller International regional office in Dakar while also providing technical support to USAID/OFDA's West Africa office. He was project director for the AED/UNICEF-funded project on Participatory Action Research on Avian Influenza from 2006-2007 and served as Nutrition Advisor for the MOST project from 2004 to 2005. Additionally, Mr. Diene was Nutrition Team Leader for BASICS II, based in Arlington, from 2002 to 2004, and from 1995-2002, he worked as the BASICS Regional Nutrition Advisor in West Africa, based in Dakar. He was visiting professor at the regional Institute for Public Health, Benin, and the University of Dakar from 1999-2002 and has also taught Maternal and Child Nutrition and International Nutrition at Cornell. Mr. Diene is a native of Senegal and speaks French, English, and Wolof.

Dorcas Lwanga is a dietitian/nutritionist with over 12 years' experience in nutrition and dietetics. Her expertise is in nutrition and HIV/AIDS and maternal and child nutrition. She has provided technical assistance to African institutions, NGOs, and international agencies working in Africa to support the nutritional care of people living with HIV (PLHIV), infant and young child feeding in the context of HIV, and mother-to-child transmission of HIV. She developed an interactive tutorial and a pre-service training module on the nutritional care and support of HIV-positive pregnant and lactating women, a pre-service training manual for nurses and midwives in Africa, and counseling materials and job aids for use by community-based workers. She has also provided technical assistance to African partners for countries to develop their national nutrition care and support guidelines for PLHIV. Currently, she is working with African partner institutions to scale up the Essential Nutrition Actions approach to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition and to integrate nutrition into pediatric HIV/AIDS care pre-service training. Ms. Lwanga has a Masters in Human Nutrition, speaks French and Swahili, and is a member of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada.

Robert Mwadime holds a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Development Planning from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, a Masters in Applied Human Nutrition (Nutrition Economics) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a MPH from Johns Hopkins University. Working in both academia and with NGOs over the last decade, he has designed and implemented programs/courses in child health and nutrition and worked on the participatory review and evaluation of community interventions, performance improvement, and monitoring and evaluation. He presently works for the FANTA-2 project as the Senior Regional Nutrition Advisor based in Uganda. He has lived and worked extensively throughout Eastern and Southern Africa.

Nomajoni Ntombela, MBA, RN, ScM
, is a native of Swaziland with over 35 years of experience in reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, infant and maternal nutrition, policy and advocacy, communication, and counseling. She has provided technical assistance on PMTCT to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and to UNICEF, WHO, and WABA and is recognized as a global leader in infant feeding and PMTCT. As Resident Advisor of the LINKAGES program in Zambia from 1998 to 2002, she led the development and implementation of the Ndola Demonstration Project, which addressed PMTCT through clinic and community interventions. Currently, she is based in South Africa as the Senior Advisor for the Capable Partners Program: Integration of Maternal Nutrition and Infant and Young Child Feeding in the Context of PMTCT, a program implemented in South Africa that focuses on the integration of PMTCT into services at health facilities as well as into community services throughout the country. She holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and is a registered nurse and certified midwife trained in Durban, South Africa.

Jill Randell, EdM, MS, is a BCC specialist and nutrition expert with more than 35 years' experience working in maternal, infant, and child health and nutrition issues and programs both in the domestic and international arenas. Specific work has focused on behavior change, breastfeeding policy and promotion, complementary feeding, anemia, school-based iron supplementation, and health education. She has lived in Nepal, Philippines, Pakistan, and Egypt, and has worked in Ghana, Ethiopia, Gaza and the West Bank, and South Africa. She has worked domestically at the federal, state, and local levels on federal food assistance programs, including testing innovative interventions for community nutrition education. She is currently Deputy Director of AED's Center for Global Health Communication and Marketing and provides technical and managerial leadership as the Project Director for the Health Communication Partnership Project, focused on HIV/AIDS prevention with most-at-risk populations (MARGs), as well as AED's BCC component of the Food by Prescription Project, the TRANSACTION Project, and the Integrated Family Health Project, all in Ethiopia.

Sandra Remancus holds a MS in International Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University. She has over 25 years of experience with nutrition, food security, HIV/AIDS prevention and care and support, social marketing, refugee programs, and monitoring and evaluation. She is currently focused on operations and management, particularly the establishment of a field presence, for the FANTA-2 project. She spent eight years living and working in West and Central Africa and speaks French.

Tina Sanghvi, Ph.D. is currently the Bangladesh Country Director of the Gates Foundation-funded child nutrition initiative Alive & Thrive. She has worked as a technical advisor in international nutrition and public health programs for the past 27 years. Starting as a field officer for CARE in India and Peru where she worked in community nutrition/health/education programs, she later worked as USAID's principal technical officer for maternal and infant nutrition. She played a key role in the BASICS I and II, VITAL, OMNI, LAC HNS, and A2Z projects that implemented maternal and child nutrition and micronutrient programs and studies in over 20 countries. For BASICS II, she was the Technical Director in charge of coordinating four technical teams: Immunization, IMCI, Neonatal Health, and Nutrition. She is the author of several books and published articles and has presented scientific papers at international conferences on topics such as micronutrients, IYCF, food fortification, food aid, and economic analysis. She is the lead author of Nutrition Essentials - A Guide for Health Managers. Dr. Sanghvi has worked in many countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. She speaks English, Hindi, and Spanish.

Eleonore Fosso Seumo holds a MS in Nutrition and Dietetics and a PhD in Public Health from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. She has completed post-doctoral work in nutrition and public health at the CNAM in Paris, France. She has over 25 years of experience in project management and capacity strengthening in maternal and child health and nutrition, essential nutrition actions, nutrition and HIV/AIDS, behavior change communication, formative research and participatory action research. Prior to working at AED, Ms. Fosso Seumo was with CARE, serving as health sector manager in Cameroon and Uganda and as urban child survival project director in Madagascar. She presently spearheads the integration of water, hygiene and sanitation into HIV programs in Ethiopia and Tanzania and hosts the electronic forum ProNut-HIV, a joint collaboration of AED's Center for Nutrition and the AED-Satellife Center for Health Information and Technology.  She speaks French and Bamileke.

Helen Stiefel Heymann holds a Masters of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition from the University of Sheffield and a Masters of Sciences in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. She worked for six years for UNDP in Switzerland, Asia, and New York. For the past eight years, she has been working with AED as a Health and Nutrition Expert and as the PROFILES Manager and has been providing health technical expertise to various projects in the areas of nutrition, malaria, maternal and child health, micronutrient interventions, health economics, and Head Start's health portfolio. Ms. Heymann has solid skills in policy analysis, strategy development, and advocacy; communications, including media development and dissemination; social mobilization and application of participatory approaches; qualitative research methods; curriculum development and training facilitation; epidemiological modeling; design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of integrated health development programs; and new business development. She has provided technical support in more than 20 countries. A native French speaker, she also speaks German and Spanish.



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