Modou Jobarteh

Institution: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Workpackage: Nutrition, COVID-19


Focus of research:

Understanding the impact of COVID-19 infection and its mitigation strategy during pregnancy on birth outcomes, growth and development in early childhood.

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Modou is a Research Fellow at the UKRI GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). His research is centred around understanding the impact of COVID-19 infection and its mitigation strategy during pregnancy on growth and development in early childhood.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended some of the gains achieved in global health with a devastating impact on food, health system, and livelihoods. Through understanding the long-term impact of the pandemic on maternal and child health, his research hopes to contribute to the evidence base to facilitate the development and implementation of programmes and policies to protect women and children and post-pandemic recovery efforts. Prior to joining LSHTM, he worked at Imperial College London as a Research Associate. At Imperial College London, his research was focused on improving the availability of dietary/nutrition data across populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). His research developed an innovative technology that uses wearable technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accurately estimate foods people eat and their nutritional profile to unravel clusters of nutritional deficiencies that often remain under/un-reported across households in LMICs.

In addition, he had previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, Davis, USA, where his research was aimed at understanding the impact of biofortification, as a tool for nutritional intervention, on nutrition and health of nutritionally vulnerable populations. He conducted a clinical trial on the impact of consumption of a biofortified food crop on improving the nutrition and health of lactating mothers and infants.

Modou has a PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of Aberdeen. His PhD research investigated the impact of nutritional interventions during pregnancy on birth/pregnancy outcomes and the ability of the placenta – an organ of pregnancy – to transport nutrients from the mother to baby during pregnancy. His PhD was a strategic research partnership between the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health at the University of Aberdeen and the MRC International Nutrition Group at the MRC Unit in The Gambia. He spent time at both institutions providing him with the opportunity to conduct high calibre field and laboratory-based research.

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