Lars Åke Persson MD, PhD, paediatrician and epidemiologist with a focus on global health. Earlier Director, Public Health Sciences Division, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) 1999-2003, and Professor in International Child Health and head, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH) at Uppsala University 2003-2014. Currently professor in Public Health Evaluation at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, posted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Keywords: global health child health nutrition community intervention
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Research and professional experience
Lars Åke Persson is paediatrician and epidemiologist with work experience from Sweden as well as from countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The research has had three main themes: (1) Improved prenatal or early life nutrition and short- and long-term effects on the child. An example is the MINIMat trial in Bangladesh, where prenatal nutrition interventions had effects on child survival, growth and later metabolic markers; (2) Community-based interventions for improved child survival. An example is the NeoKIP trial in Vietnam, where local stakeholder groups worked in problem-solving cycles and reduced neonatal mortality by half in a province; and (3) Social conditions in family and society and effects on child health. Studies on gender-based violence and effects on family and child health illustrate this theme.
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