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    About the Department

    Just as health citizens are key to national development; adequate nutrition is a key determinant of sound health. The absence of adequate nutrition in all its forms amounts to an intolerable burden that suffocates fulfillment of life goals, enjoyment of life, and the very essence of human survival. As a newly–established Department of Human Nutrition and Health at LUANAR, we have positioned ourselves to become a strategic partner in the nexus between nutrition and health through the generation of knowledge on evidence-based nutrition.

    Using applied and multidisciplinary approaches, we specifically focus on food, nutrients and other constituents; nutrition and related disorders; determinants of malnutrition; and, nutrition policy and programming. Our passion is driven by the realization that investing in nutrition and health improves productivity and economic growth; promotes intellectual capacity and social development; and ensures longevity for the people living today, and the generation to come.
    Current Programmes and Research
    • Capacity building for SUN: 1000 special days and implementation of the NECS
    • Enhancement of child nutrition in Malawi
    • Nutrition and Access to Primary Education (NAPE)
    • SUN operational research
    • Development of a postgraduate program in Dietetics
    Services and outreach activities
    The department contributes to good nutrition and health in Malawi and the African region by playing an advisory role in nutrition programmes implemented by the government and non-governmental organisations. Through its collaboration with government and non governemnt actors, the department provides trainining and support services to communities and organisations involved in diet, nutrition and health.

    Dr. Alexander Kalimbira

    Head of Department

    Ms. Zione Kalumikiza

    Deputy Head

    Mrs. Londisa Kasamba


    Mr. Zephaniah Katulu

    Office Assistant