Nozipho Maziya, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Public Health Nutrition, presented her paper “Adolescent Nutritional Status and its Association with Village-Level Factors in Tanzania” at The American Public Health Associations 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston. She will also be presenting at Experimental Biology in April 2014 in San Diego, Calif.
Maziya obtained her bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Swaziland. She came into the department as a Fulbright Scholar in 2011, and has recently completed her Master’s thesis, which examined associations between contextual environments and nutritional status of adolescents within villages of Kilosa District, Tanzania. Her research interests include child and adolescent malnutrition, food insecurity, chronic disease prevention (obesity and HIV/AIDS), determinants of health, and health promotion. In her home country, Maziya facilitated the establishment and implementation of projects aimed at preventing HIV/AIDS, promoting maternal and child health, reducing poverty and food insecurity, and improving clean water access and sanitation.