Saskia van der Kam is a specialist in nutrition from the Netherlands that is currently working in the Public Health Department of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She has more than 25 years of experience engaging with various organizations that distribute emergency aid to developing countries, and often during crisis. She completed two research Masters, one in Human Nutrition in the Netherlands and the other in Epidemiology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium. Her current research focuses on “convalescence feeding” which aims to determine how best to nutritionally support a child that is sick and at risk of becoming malnourished. Nutritional supplementation given during illnesses such as pneumonia or malaria can prevent a child from entering the vicious cycle of malnutrition and disease. Saskia van der Kam also has a strong interest in the psychosocial trauma that is sustained by men, women and children during ongoing crisis and displacement. Her experience and working knowledge of both nutrition and the social difficulties faced by families living in low resource settings will be invaluable to The CHAIN Network.
CHAIN Working Groups
- Acute Care And Monitoring
- Migori, Kenya
- University of Washington, Department of Global Health, Seattle