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Public health nutrition specialist with over 20 years experience in training, research, programming and nutrition policy development. Academic background in the fields of nutrition and public health that complement each other well in addressing broader programme issues relating to human health and development. Has broad based nutrition professional experience and is a well recognised resource person in advocacy and policy development in Kenya. Her research and experience base spans the areas of maternal and young child health and nutrition, Micronutrient deficiency control, behaviour change communication, monitoring and evaluation and formative and participatory action research. Has extensive experience in consultancy work for national and international organisations involving operations research, programme evaluation and capacity building. Dr Thuita plays an advisory role to the government of Kenya as a member of several national nutrition technical working groups on which she represents the School of Public health, University of Nairobi. She was co-chair of the National Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Steering Committee 2010 - 2013. She has experience working in cross-cultural settings for the United Nations and international Non-governmental organizations. Dr Thuita worked for UNICEF Kenya (Nov 2005 -2008) as a nutrition specialist and gained experience in program management, resource mobilization as well as strategic communication and advocacy. She also gained experience in joint work planning with Government and non-Governmental partners and in coordinating implementation of health and nutrition interventions at the national and sub-national levels. Between 2010 – 2012 she was a consultant senior nutrition advisor and principal investigator in a four phase public health evaluation research project for PATHs IYCN project funded by USAID in Western Kenya. Recently, she was engaged as a consultant through the MQSUN project to the European Union Delegation in Kenya where she provided technical support for Scaling up Nutrition with the SUN donor network between Sept 2014 – Jan 2016. She is current chair of the SUN Academia and Research network in Kenya.
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
2012 University of Nairobi – Doctor of Philosopy in Public Health (PhD)
1993 University of Nairobi – Master of Applied Human Nutrition (Msc)
1989 Kenyatta University – Bachelor of Education – Home Economics (B.ed)

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