Odwour Midigo

Kenya & Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 2018

Odwour Midigo’s professional background is in Public Health and Medical Nutrition. He is involved in Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) research alongside Early Childhood Development stakeholders such as UNICEF, Early Inspiration SA and Joint Aid Management in the Eastern Cape.  His work includes developing public health nutrition programs and activity learning guide for parents and preschool practitioners. A case in point being his lunchbox project branded ‘Eskhafutina Sabantwana”. The aim is to scale up nutrition intervention programmes and address stunting, wasting, underweight and other nutrition related problems in populations with devastating levels of poverty and inequality.

Recently, Odwour has published a paper in peer-reviewed journal of Nutrition and Dietetics highlighting parent's perceptions of preschool lunchboxes in Nelson Mandela Bay.  He also works with a humanitarian organisation, Africa Health Advocacy Initiative, as the Program Development Officer. Here, he is part of the lead team of dedicated professionals who provide public health solutions using diverse approaches localised to specific needs of our African communities. Their annual projects include World AIDS Marathon alongside allies such as the Richard Brodsky Foundation to create HIV/AIDS awareness, reduce stigmatisation and provide treatment and health care to orphans whose parents passed away from HIV/AIDS. Besides developing action plans and intervention programs, the highlight of Odwour’s work includes partnerships with corporates, local NGOs, CBOs, the academia, and governments to realise the vision of future healthy generations in Africa.

Outside of academia and work, Odwour trains and practices Judo and self-defence classes.

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