Published: 19-03-2024 16:08 | Updated: 19-03-2024 16:08

Kickoff for the EU Horizon Changemaker project

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The EU Horizon Changemaker project, led by Kristi Sidney Annerstedt, on sustainable adolescent nutrition in Kenya, Tanzania and Burkina Faso, successfully completed the first Consortium meeting.

Thirteen partners from seven different countries all met up in Nairobi, Kenya for three fruitful days to discuss the conceptual grounding of the project and plan for next steps on starting the research. 

"The meeting was a fantastic way for everyone to get to know each other and establish ways of working across the three sites and various partners", says Kristi Sidney Annerstedt.

The team consists of a multisectoral interdisciplinary team with experience in health sciences, social sciences, behavioral psychology, implementation science, economics and epidemiological methodologies, food science and nutrition, and planetary health agriculture sciences from leading African, European, and North American institutions. The team from KI includes Zoë Morris, Claudia Hanson, Helle Mölsted Alvesson, Sibylle Herzig Van Wees, Elin Larsson, Anna Kågesten, Anna Mia Ekström, Stefan Swartling Peterson.

About the EU Horizon Changemaker project

The project aims to implement a sustainable health intervention program targeting adolescent obesity and related non-communicable diseases in three rapidly urbanizing cities in Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Tanzania. The background highlights the increasing epidemic of adolescent obesity and the need for sustainable interventions in low- and middle-income countries. 

The strategy involves four evidence-based approaches, four evidence-based strategies, which will be adapted to context through a co-design process: 

  1. Urban farming in schools with satellite farms and organic waste composting, 
  2. Sustainable health modules for classrooms, 
  3. Linking to healthcare workers through health talks using motivational interviewing techniques and 
  4. WHO Best Buys: Mass media campaign.