Emory University and Uzima University research partnership

 The purpose of this project is to develop and validate an approach to improve infant nutrition-measured by reduced stunting-via behavior change focused on improved infant feeding reduced exposure to fecal pathogens and lower worm burden.

These behavior change  approaches and messages will be intergrated into CRS'sTHRIVE program in Kenya and Tanzania.in order to develop the intervension approches that will be intergrated into CRS'sTHRIVE model in kenya,Emory conducted a formative research as part of phase 1 of this project.

The purpose of the formative research was to identify key barriers and motivators of behaviour change,identify messages that resonate with caregivers and determine potential sources of information.The second phase began in may 2017 and is focusing on intervensions in the identified project sites in both homabay and migory counties.with interest on passing key WASH messages to households in the project,other partners/collaboratorsinclude-Mercy orphans,Homa hills and tha MOH in both counties.The research project is supposed to last for approximately 3 years(2016-2018).As Uzima University we look forward to more research projects from this collaboration and beyond.


Brief History of the Emory University partners



Breanna Wodnik

Breanna Wodnik is a current Master of Public Health student at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.  There, she is studying global health with an emphasis on infectious diseases and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH).  She received her Bachelor’s in Cell Biology & Neuroscience from Montana State University in 2011, after which time she worked as a microbiologist and Associate Study Director at BioScience Laboratories for 2 years.  She went on to join the Peace Corps, serving as a Community Health Volunteer in a rural area in Paraguay for 2 years, where she taught classes on HIV/AIDS prevention, dental hygiene, girl’s leadership, and English.  Ms. Wodnik aspires to work for an NGO in the future, working to reduce and eliminate neglected tropical diseases through microbiological advancement and behavior change interventions.  She is looking forward to working alongside Uzima University and Catholic Relief Services in developing and conducting a baseline survey for the THRIVE II project.



Molly Linabarger

Molly Linabarger is also a student at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, USA. She is pursuing a Master in Public Health in Global Health with a concentration in Public Nutrition and a certificate in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and then worked for a small organization in Guatemala and Belize, supporting efforts in health education through free health clinics and with community health workers. Her interests include WASH and malnutrition, specifically how poor WASH conditions and malnutrition contribute to stunting. She is very excited to be collaborating with Catholic Relief Services, Uzima University, and Emory University to conduct a process evaluation of Catholic Relief Services’ THRIVE II programming related to BabyWASH and infant and young child feeding (IYCF).