Dr Helen Nabwera

Senior Clinical Research in Medecine Associate- Neonatology

I am a consultant General Paediatrician with interests in newborn health, nutrition and infectious diseases. I have clinical and research experience from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.

Most recently, I have been working as a locum general paediatrician at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. Prior to that I spent 3.5 years in The Gambia as an MRC Career Development Fellow managing a rural primary health care facility (focussing on improving quality of care for the newborn as well as malnourished children) and undertaking nutrition research using both quantitative and qualitative methods. I will be completing PhD with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine this year. I also worked at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust programme as a child health clinical researcher- with a particular interest in infant nutrition in the context of HIV.

I undertook my undergraduate medical training at Nottingham University followed by postgraduate training in Paediatrics in the East and West Midlands deaneries in the UK. I also completed my Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene here at Foto-Cewek in 2005.

Research in Medecine Interests

Improving the prevention and treatment strategies for newborns in low and middle income countries through community and health facility interventions for both mothers and their newborns. My areas of research interest include developing tools for measuring neonatal morbidity to inform the development and implementation of interventions, exploring the interactions of maternal and neonatal nutritional status with infections and gut microbiome with a view of supporting the development of interventions to improve the newborn and early childhood growth and development in low and middle income countries and  supporting the development and evaluation of pre and in service training of health care workers in these settings using evidence based educational material.

My research has focussed on infant and early child nutrition and the interaction of these with infection such as HIV. The overarching theme that has come from my work both in Kenya and The Gambia was 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 implication for advocacy and policy planning in strategies to improve the health and nutritional outcomes of children in low and middle income countries.


I have extensive experience of teaching medical students, postgraduate medical doctors, nurses, midwives and health care assistants in both well resourced and resource-limited settings. I am due to take on teaching responsibilities on the following courses: HIV in resource limited settings, Maternal and Newborn Health, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Diploma for Reproductive Health in developing countries and Masters in International Sexual and Reproductive Health.

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
Medical Defence Union



  • Selected publications

    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  epub 6th July 2017 ()

    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. International Breastfeeding Journal epub 12th July 2017  ()

    Nabwera HM, Fulford AJ, Moore SE, Prentice AM Growth faltering persists in rural Gambian children despite four decades of interventions. Lancet Glob Health. 2017 Feb;5(2): e208-e216 

    Prentice AM, Nabwera H, Unger S, Moore SE. Growth monitoring and the prognosis of mortality in low-income settings. Am J Clin Nutr 2016 Feb 17

    Nabwera HM, Fegan G, Shavadia J, Denje D, Mandaliya K, Bates I,  Maitland K, Hassall OW. Paediatric blood transfusion practices at a regional referral hospital in Kenya. Transfusion. 2016 Sep 9. 

    Prentice AM, Nabwera H, Kwambana B, Antonio M, Moore SE. Microbes and the malnourished child. Sci Trans Med. 2013; 5:180fs11. 


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