Dr. Thumbi Mwangi’s work into connecting livestock health with the health of mothers and their children is at the center of the Allen School’s efforts to reduce the high level of physical and cognitive stunting in African children. This research will not only identify which interventions are most effective, but the data collected will create the evidence base for broader intervention at community and national levels. At the Allen School, we believe an interdisciplinary approach is key to solving global issues. When a major global health priority, such as reducing physical and cognitive stunting, is the goal, a dynamic team of medical anthropologists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, and information technologists, as well as physicians and veterinarians comes together to work toward a common solution. This type of collaborative work and helping people around the world is the original vision of what the Allen School was created to do.
Creighton Endowed Chair and Director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health