Tuesday, July 1, 2008

BBB Research

Meet Scott Ickes. He’s back in Bundibugyo for a few weeks working on his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Nutrition. He’s been studying the BBB Project and how the locally made Ready-to-Use-Supplementary-Food (RUSF) that is being produced here is affecting the community. He’s been interviewing Health Center Staff who distribute the Peanut Butter Paste and Soybean flour. The production teams who create the product and the moms who feed it to their children are also speaking up on how it is being used.

Scott is finishing up 78 dietary recalls, which ask mothers “What did your child eat yesterday?” This helps to answer the question of how the products we give to the moderately malnourished children fit into their total diet. Random home visits to observe how the food is prepared is also part of the study. He’s had the help of Biihwa, Annette, Basiime, Baguma Charles and Katie Morris with the interviews and back translations.

Tomorrow he will take samples of the products to Makerere University and have them tested for their nutrient content.

He has gathered quite a bit of data. After being able to analyze it, he hopes to share his insights with BundiNutrition and the production teams as to how we might make the most of the project.

BBB: Byokuliya Bisemeye mu Bantu, Good Food for People

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