Meena Daivadanam

Senior lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH); International Child Health and Nutrition

Visiting address:
MTC-huset, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 14B, 2 tr
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Akademiska sjukhuset
751 85 UPPSALA

Affiliated Senior lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of food studies, nutrition and dietetics

Visiting address:
Husargatan 3
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 560
751 22 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Medical doctor and PhD in Public Health. Meena works with intervention and implementation research, particularly community-based complex interventions for non-communicable diseases. Her experience includes developing and implementing dietary interventions in India (rural Kerala) and self-management support interventions in Sweden, South Africa and Uganda. She also works with evaluating and understanding food and physical activity environments and behaviours and the interactions between the two.

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 sustainable development

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 was 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 was 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 had partnered with Stockholm County Council and had established connections with the primary care centres (vårdcentral) and citizen's offices (medborgarkontor) of selected municipalities within Stockholm county, where we implemented a feasibility trial. The trial and project are now concluded and analysis is ongoing.

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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Meena Daivadanam