Organisation and staff

Meena Daivadanam

senior lecturer at Department of food studies, nutrition and dietetics

+4618-471 2328
018-471 2261
Visiting address:
Husargatan 3
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 560
751 22 UPPSALA

Keywords: food environment non-communicable diseases dietary interventions community-based interventions vulnerable immigrant groups household food decisions type 2 diabetes lifestyle interventions self-management chronic diseases

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My courses


SMART2D: A people-centred approach through Self-Management and Reciprocal learning for the prevention and management of Type-2-Diabetes. Funded by EC Horizon 2020; Period: 2015-2019

SMART2D is a 4-yr collaborative project and we are a consortium of six partners: Makerere University school of Public Health, Uganda; University of Western Cape School of Public Health, South Africa; Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp; Collaborative Care Systems Finland; Uppsala University; and Karolinska Institutet (coordinating institute). Our overall objective is to strengthen capacity for type-2-diabetes care through a contextually appropriate self-management approach with integrated health facility and community components in three sites: Uganda, South Africa & Sweden. In Sweden, SMART2D has partnered with Stockholm County Council and has established connections with the primary care centres (vårdcentral) and citizen's offices (medborgarkontor) of selected municipalities within Stockholm county, where we are currently implementing a feasibility trial.

Innovating health systems and healthcare delivery in rural Uganda: towards building critical capacity to tackle the rising Type 2 Diabetes challenge. Funded by Swedish International Development Agency (Sida); Period: 2015-2020

A capacity building programme to enhance and build critical capacity for chronic care in Uganda, through education, doctoral and post-doctoral level, and research evidence generation, within an overall research framework to innovate and strengthen health systems. This work is being carried out through a team of supervisors from Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology; and Karolinska Institutet partners (includes Uppsala University). Considering the challenges associated with the prevention and management of chronic non-communicable diseases, this capacity building programme is embedded within a research framework to strenghthen both community and facility capacity for chronic care, using Type 2 Diabetes as an example. This project is coordinated from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Public Health Interventions: Community-based dietary behaviour change for reduction of non-communicable disease risk factors. Funded through Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (External cooperation window, lot 13) for doctoral studies. Period: 2009-2013.

The Behavioural Intervention for Diet (BID) study was conducted in rural Kerala, India in collaboration with local administrations (panchayats) to change household dietary behaviour with respect to increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables and decreasing consumption of salt, sugar and oil. The intervention was implemented through lay women community volunteers in collaboration with a local women's self-help group (Kudumbasree).


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