Dr. Germana Henry Leyna joins us from 17 years with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) where she was a lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She was also the first Director of Quality Assurance at MUHAS overseeing every aspect of quality of education, research and consultancy at the University. She is excited about the opportunity to bring her passion, energy, enthusiasm and operational abilities to the service of nutrition in the country. She looks forward to strengthening community dietary habits and shaping the nutrition landscape, particularly how we value locally available foods.
Dr. Leyna graduated as a Medical Doctor (MD) in 1999 from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and obtained her Master and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Oslo, Norway in 2005 and 2009, respectively. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Leyna pursued her Post-Doctoral training at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies of the University of Harvard, Boston, the USA following the prestigious Mortimer Spiegelman fellowship Award in Population Health.She has extensive research and publication experience in Nutrition, Infectious Diseases, and Demographic transitions; and validation of research tools for assessment of household and individual food insecurity, and dietary intake. She is also a founding investigator of the Dar es Salaam Health and Demographic Surveillance System - an open, urban cohort established in 2011 to describe the influences and changes over time of known and unknown risk factors for non-communicable diseases.