- PhD Fellow
Maha Basodan is from Aden, Yemen. She received my MBChB from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Aden, Yemen in 2002. In 2007, she obtained her first master’s degree (MSc in Physiology and Biophysics) from Georgetown University, USA and in 2014 got her second master’s degree (MPH) from Universite d’AIX-Marseille, France.
Between 2014 and 2018, She worked in the humanitarian sector in Yemen and was struck by the extent and severity of malnutrition among children. Since 2018, She has been working as assistant lecturer of Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Aden.
Currently, she is a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam under the supervision of Dr. Wieger Voskuijl and Prof. Michael Boele Van Hensbroek. Her research interest is child malnutrition, and more specifically severe acute malnutrition (SAM) among under 6-month-old infants. Her research project aims to assess prevalence based on different diagnostic criteria, identify risk factors, and determine management outcomes for under 6 month-old infants with SAM in Yemen. By targeting different climate and geographical terrains in Yemen, she is trying to scrutinize geographical and socio-cultural factors within Yemen to uncover potential differences in distribution, risks and protective factors for the recently perceived increase in SAM rates among under 6-month-old infants and to determine management outcomes: short and medium terms.