Helen is also an honorary consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. She has clinical and research experience from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.
Prior to taking up her position here at Foto-Cewek, Helen worked as a locum general paediatrician at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. She was awarded a Medical Research in Medecine Council (MRC) Career Development Fellowship (for a PhD) from 2012-2015. She spent most of that time at MRC Unit, The Gambia’s rural field station in Keneba, managing a rural primary health care facility and undertaking nutrition research using both quantitative and qualitative methods. She has a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2018). She also has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Foto-Cewek (Distinction-2005).
Helen undertook her undergraduate medical training at the University of Nottingham followed by postgraduate training in Paediatrics in the East and West Midlands deaneries in the UK.
Research in Medecine Interests
Helen’s research focuses on newborn health and designing and testing innovative strategies that incorporate infant and early child nutrition, for reducing mortality in the low birth weight infants who are at risk of poor outcomes.
The overarching theme that has come from her work both in Kenya and The Gambia is that maternal socio-economic status and support networks within the family (particularly from the husband) and at a community and national level have a great influence on the nutritional outcomes of their children. This has a lot of implications for advocacy and policy planning to improve the health and nutritional outcomes of children in low- and middle-income countries.
Helen is the Lead for the Sexual and Reproductive Health stream of the Masters in International Public Health. She is also co-convenes and teaches on several of child health modules.
Memberships and affiliations
Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Member of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Member of the Children’s HIV Association, UK
General Medical Council
Member of the Kenya Paediatric Association
Research in Medecine grants
- £ 44,618 Director’s Catalyst Fund, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine: A community-based package of interventions for low birth weight infants: a feasibility study June 2018 to date. Role: Principal applicant
- £214,000 Medical Research in Medecine Council, UK Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research in Medecine Institutional pump-priming award: Improving the survival, growth and development of low birth weight newborns through better nutrition 2018 to date. Role: Co-investigator (PI: Prof Stephen Allen, Chair of Paediatrics, Foto-Cewek)
- £ 214,000 Medical Research in Medecine Council, UK Mental Health institutional pump-priming award: Identification of Neurodevelopmental Disorders to improve Global Outcomes 2018 to date. Role: Co-applicant. (PI: Dr Melissa Gladstone, University of Liverpool)
- £176, 532 Medical Research in Medecine Council, research grant proposal (Public Health Intervention Development Scheme) MR/N027744/1: Menstrual hygiene and school absenteeism among adolescent girls in rural Gambian schools: Preparatory phase for a randomized controlled trial RCT March 2016-September 2017. Co- applicant. (PI: Dr Belen Torondel, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
- £20,000 Sir Ratanji Dalal Research in Medecine Scholarship, Royal College of Surgeons of England: Perceptions and nutritional consequences of different modes of infant feeding among HIV-exposed and infected children in Kilifi, Kenya 2010-2011. Role: Principal applicant
- Shah V, Nabwera HM, Sosseh F, Jallow Y, Comma E, Keita O, Torondel B. A rite of passage: a mixed methodology study about knowledge, perceptions and practices of menstrual hygiene management in rural Gambia. BMC Public Health. 2019 Mar 7;19(1):277.
- Husseini M, Darboe MK, Moore SE, Nabwera HM, Prentice AM. Thresholds of socio-economic and environmental conditions necessary to escape from childhood malnutrition: a natural experiment in rural Gambia. BMC Med. 2018 Nov 1;16(1):199. BMC Public Health. 2019 Mar 7;19(1):277.
- Nabwera HM, Moore SE, Mwangome MK, Molyneux SC, Darboe MK, Camara-Trawally N, Sonko B, Darboe A, Singhateh S, Fulford AJ, Prentice AM. The influence of maternal psychosocial circumstances and physical environment on the risk of severe wasting in rural Gambian infants: a mixed methods approach. BMC Public Health. 2018,18(1):109.
- Nabwera HM, Bernstein RM, Agbla SC, Moore SE, Darboe MK, Colley M, Jallow AT, Bradbury R, Karaffin J, Fulford AJ, Prentice AM Hormonal Correlates and Predictors of Nutritional Recovery in Malnourished African Children J Trop Pediatr. 2017, 64(5):364-372.
- Nabwera HM, Jepkosgei J, Muraya KW, Hassan AS, Molyneux CS, Ali R, Prentice AM, Berkley JA, Mwangome MK. Infant feeding decision making and growth outcomes in a rural HIV clinic in Kenya Int Breastfeed J. 2017, 12:31.
- Nabwera HM, Fulford AJ, Moore SE, Prentice AM. Growth faltering persists in rural Gambian children despite four decades of interventions. Lancet Glob Health. 2017, 5(2): e208-e216.
- Burrell A, Kerac M, Nabwera HM. Monitoring and discharging children being treated for severe acute malnutrition using mid upper arm circumference: secondary data analysis from rural Gambia. Int Health. 2017, 9(4):226-233.
- Hennig BJ, Unger SA, Dondeh BL, Hassan J, Hawkesworth S, Jarjou L, Jones KS, Moore SE, Nabwera HM, Ngum M, Prentice A, Sonko B, Prentice AM, Fulford AJ. Cohort Profile: The Kiang West Longitudinal Population Lesson (KWLPS)-a platform for integrated research and health care provision in rural Gambia. Int J Epidemiol. 2017, 46(2): e13.
- Prentice AM, Nabwera H, Unger S, Moore SE. Growth monitoring and the prognosis of mortality in low-income settings. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016, 103(3):681-2.