University of Otago human nutrition researchers (from left) Beth Gray, Dr Karl Bailey, Dr Lisa Houghton, Dr Rachel Brown and masters student Sarah Beaumont are preparing to go to Kenya to study the nutrition of the country's preschoolers. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
A group of University of Otago nutritionists is travelling to
Kenya hoping to improve the nutrition of the country's
Senior lecturer in human nutrition Dr Lisa Houghton and Prof
Rosalind Gibson will lead the six-strong group, which has
''Team Kenya'', for its four-week research project in the
East African country.
The group, which includes Beth Gray, Dr Karl Bailey, Dr
Rachel Brown and masters student Sarah Beaumont, were looking
forward to the project, Dr Houghton said.
The group leaves tomorrow and would be based in Emali, a city
in the south of the country about 125km from capital Nairobi.
The researchers would assess the nutrition of preschool
children in the community and identify what their diet was
lacking, Dr Houghton said.
''The idea is to help them to grow school gardens,'' she
''We are working with the agricultural institute in Kenya to
give them some recommendations for the right foods they can
cultivate in their school gardens ... and we are looking at
bringing in chickens for eggs and goats for goat's milk.''
The project was run in conjunction with ChildFund and it was
hoped the community could take over running the project.
''Eventually ChildFund wants to give recommendations and give
[to the community] a very sustainable programme built from
the ground up and led by the community,'' she said.
Prof Gibson, Dr Brown and Dr Houghton would make another trip
back to the country in about 18 months to see the effects of
their recommendations and identify any need for changes.