Principal Investigator

Research group:


Martha is currently working at KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme in a Post-Doctoral research position in the Nutrition assessment and Intervention research group led by Dr. James Berkley. She has a Master’s degree in Global Health Sciences from University of Oxford, UK and a PhD degree in nutrition epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK. Her thesis focused on anthropometric assessment of infants under 6 months, evaluating the potential of using the mid-upper arm circumferences (MUAC) in diagnosing acute malnutrition within this age group. Altogether she has 10 years working experience in public health nutrition research in Africa. Her work has largely focused on studying undernutrition in African children aged below 6 months old and has employed both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. Her interests are in identifying and testing novel and cost-effective approaches to assessment, prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition in infants and young children in Africa. Emerging interests in nutrition in emergency settings and the double burden of malnutrition among the urban poor.


Currently funded by Global Health Trials to undertake an observational study exploring the role of breastfeeding in the recovery of acute malnutrition in infants under 6 months. At the same time, undertaking a retrospective analysis of admission anthropometric data from hospitalized infants under 6 months aiming to determine the predictors of inpatient and post-discharge mortality among infants under 6 months and suggest a MUAC cut-off that may be applied to diagnose acute malnutrition in infants aged below 6 months.

“You cannot know if it’s a baby or not a baby”: uptake, provision and perceptions of antenatal care and routine antenatal ultrasound scanning in rural Kenya

Oluoch, D. A., Mwangome, N., Kemp, B., Seale, A. C., Koech, A., Papageorghiou, A. T., Berkley, J. A., Kennedy, S. H., Jones, C. O.

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015; : 127

Research priorities to improve the management of acute malnutrition in infants aged less than six months (MAMI)

Angood, C., McGrath, M., Mehta, S., Mwangome, M., Lung’aho, M., Roberfroid, D., Perry, A., Wilkinson, C., Israel, A. D., Bizouerne, C., Haider, R., Seal, A., Berkley, J. A., Kerac, M.

PLoS Med. 2015; : e1001812

Reliability and accuracy of anthropometry performed by community health workers among infants under 6 months in rural Kenya

Mwangome, M. K., Fegan, G., Mbunya, R., Prentice, A. M., Berkley, J. A.

Trop Med Int Health. 2012; : 622-9

Mid-upper arm circumference at age of routine infant vaccination to identify infants at elevated risk of death: a retrospective cohort study in the Gambia

Mwangome, M. K., Fegan, G., Fulford, T., Prentice, A. M., Berkley, J. A.

Bull World Health Organ. 2012; : 887-94

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