Nutritional deficiencies in low income countries impair the growth and development of children, reduce their resistance to infections, and contribute to almost half of all child deaths worldwide. Maternal malnutrition during pregnancy and lactation harms the fetus and infant with both short- and long-term consequences for their health. Future generations are also affected.
The Nutrition Theme at MRC Unit The Gambia & MRC International Nutrition Group (ING) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) work to reduce this burden with a focus on the world’s poorest populations, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most of our work is conducted at our rural field station at MRC Keneba and in an exceptional partnership with the people of the West Kiang region.
Our mission is to gain novel insights into the basic mechanisms linking diet and disease in order to develop more effective community and clinical interventions