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Dr Elaine Ferguson

BSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Room
138

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44(0)20 7958 8107

Elaine joined LSHTM in 2008 from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Her PhD, which focused on the zinc status of young children in Malawi and Ghana, was completed at the University of Guelph, Canada. She has an interest improving maternal and child nutrition and health in low-and-middle income countries and a committment to capacity strengthening. She has extensive research networks in Asia and sub-saharan Africa and is currently involved with research projects in eight countries.  She is on the technical advisory group of the International Dietary Data Expansion Project (INDDEX) and is a member of the Task Force in the Consortium of Nutrition modellers. She is a member of Athena SWAN self-assessment team in EPH.

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health

Teaching

Elaine co-ordinates and teaches in the term 3 module - Nutrition Programming Planning.  

Research

Elaine's research interests are in assessment methodology, decision-making tool development and the intersection between nutrition and agriculture with a particular interest in food-based strategies to improve maternal and child nutrition. 

Her past research focused on the aetiology of micronutrient malnutrition and strategies to improve micronutrient status. She co-led studies exploring factors associated with low micronutrient status in India, Malawi and Ghana.  In New Zealand, she investigated the efficacy of red meat versus a fortified milk for improving toddler micronutrient status.  

She was involved in the development of a tool - Optifood - to inform nutrition programme planning and policy decisions.  Field trials were done in 10 countries in SE Asia, Latin America and Africa to inform strategic plans for agriculture-nutrition, food value chain and micronutrient intervention programmes. In the recent past, she was involved in operations research to strengthen nutrition programmes in northern Nigeria, impact evaluations of nutrition programmes in Indonesia and inter-sectoral research to design nutrition sensitive interventions in south Asia.  Her current research focuses on the development and validation of innovative tools to measure women's activity patterns, dietary diversity and the food environment in Uganda, and strengthen multi-stakeholder decision-making in nutrition-agriculture programmes in low-and-middle income countries, on agronomic biofortification to improve zinc and selenium status in Malawi and Ethiopia, the delineation of the host-environment nexus on stunting in Indonesia, India and Senegal, the design of gender-sensitive agroforestry and food-based strategies to improve nutrition among indigenous populations in Peru and the influence of snack consumption on child nutrition in Cambodia and Senegal. 

Research Area
Child health
Maternal health
Micronutrients
Agriculture
Evaluation
Gender
Impact evaluation
Methodology
Mobile technologies
Implementation research
Modelling
Discipline
Nutrition
Disease and Health Conditions
Malnutrition
Country
Bangladesh
Ethiopia
Ghana
Guatemala
Indonesia
India
Kenya
Cambodia
Laos
Malawi
Nigeria
Nepal
Pakistan
Peru
Senegal
Thailand
Tanzania
Uganda
Vietnam
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Evaluation of a Package of Behaviour Change Interventions (Baduta Program) to Improve Maternal and Child Nutrition in East Java, Indonesia: Protocol for an Impact Study.
Dibley MJ; Alam A; Fahmida U; Ariawan I; Titaley CR; Htet MK; Damayanti R; Li M; Sutrisna A; Ferguson E
2020
JMIR research protocols
Parental depression and nutrition: findings from a cross-sectional household survey in Nepal.
Adhikari RP; Williamson R; Sparling TM; Ferguson E; Cunningham K
2020
Public Health Nutrition
Validation of a life-logging wearable camera method and the 24-h diet recall method for assessing maternal and child dietary diversity.
Bulungu ALS; Palla L; Priebe J; Forsythe L; Katic P; Varley G; Galinda BD; Sarah N; Nambooze J; Wellard K
2020
The British journal of nutrition
Maternal BMI mediates the impact of crop-related agricultural work during pregnancy on infant length in rural Pakistan: a mediation analysis of cross-sectional data.
Pradeilles R; Allen E; Gazdar H; Bux Mallah H; Budhani A; Mehmood R; Mazhar S; Mysorewala A; Aslam S; Dangour AD
2019
BMC pregnancy and childbirth
Can selenium deficiency in Malawi be alleviated through consumption of agro-biofortified maize flour? Study protocol for a randomised, double-blind, controlled trial.
Joy EJM; Kalimbira AA; Gashu D; Ferguson EL; Sturgess J; Dangour AD; Banda L; Chiutsi-Phiri G; Bailey EH; Langley-Evans SC
2019
Trials
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