• VC; Prof. Paul Wainaina; Prof. Judith Waudo(FND), Ms. Susan Wairegi (FND) Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs; Prof. Margaret Kobia,; (Form Left) during the launch of a book launch on "Nutrition needs and status of the elderly in Kenya"

  • VC; Prof. Paul Wainaina; Ms. Susan Wairegi (FND) Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs; Prof. Margaret Kobia,Prof. Judith Waudo (FND); (Form Left) during the launch of a book launch on "Nutrition needs and status of the elderly in Kenya"

  • Food, Nutrition and Dietetics Members at FANUS, Tanzania

  • Staff in FND department who were part of the ELEFANS workshop At Makerere University- Uganda

  • Student Visi to Kiini Technical Institute, Embu which offers short courses on food processing for community empowerment on food security

  • View of the value added food products developed by the community project

  • Food, Nutrition and Dietetics student during a food security field trip to Tharaka Nithi County Community food Value addition projects

  • Visit to Kiini dairy farmers cooperative society for marketing the community dairy products


Title/Qualifications: Dr./Phd
Department/Unit/Section: Foods, Nutrition &Dietetics
Contact Address: P.O Box 43844 00100 Nairobi
Position: Senior Lecturer
Area Of Specialization: Public Health Nutrition With Special Focus On: Infant And Young Child Feeding Practices, Maternal And Child Nutrition, Overweight And Obesity, Food Security, Linking Agriculture To Nutrition Outcomes, Nutrition In Emergencies, Evaluation Of Programmes
Research Interests: Infant And Young Child Feeding, Maternal Nutrition, Overweight And Obesity, Emergency Nutrition, The Linkage Between Agriculture And Nutrition, Micronutrient Nutrition

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Area of Specialization: Public health nutrition with special focus on: Maternal and child nutrition, food security, nutrition in Emergencies, nutrition and HIV/AIDS, community programme design and evaluation
Research Interests:
 Infant and young child feeding, maternal nutrition, overweight and obesity, emergency nutrition, climate change and health


Articles in refereed Journals

  • Esther L. Anono, Sophie Ochola, Salome Wawire, Irene Ogada, Crispin Ndedda, Jacqueline K. Kung’u. "Community Perceptions towards the new role of Traditional Birth Attendants child Nutrition s Birth Companions and Nutrition Advocates in Kakamega County, Kenya". Matern Child Nutr. 2018;14 (S1):e12577. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12578.
  • Jacqueline K. Kung'u, Richard Pendame, Mame Bineta Ndiaye, Mulusew Gerbaba, Sophie Ochola, Adama Faye, Sulochana Basnet, Edward A. Frongillo, Sara Wuehler, Luz Maria De‐
    Regil. Integrating nutrition into health systems at community level: Impact evaluation of the community‐based maternal and neonatal health and nutrition projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Senegal. Matern Child Nutr. 2018;14 (S1):e12577. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12577.
  • Mahat Jimale Mohamed, Sophie Ochola and Victor O. Owino. Comparison of knowledge,
    attitudes and practices on exclusive breastfeeding between primiparous and multiparous
    mothers attending Wajir District Hospital,Wajir County, Kenya: a cross-sectional analytical 17 study. International Breastfeeding Journal (2018) 13:11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13006-018-0151-3.
  • Purity Chepkorir, Irene Ogada, Audrey Steenbeek, Noni E. Macdonalds, Sophie Ochola
    Wesley Bor, Godfrey Odinga. Infant feeding practices among HIV-exposed infants less than 6 months of age in Bomet County, Kenya: An in-depth qualitative study of feeding choices.Arch Dis Child 2018;0:1–4. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2017-314521.
  • T, Njoki, S.Ochola, M. Mutua, and E.W. Kimani. Association between household food security and infant feeding practices in urban informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya". Journal of Developmental Origin of Health and Disease (2018), doi:10.1017/S2040174417001064.
  • Okoth JK, Ochola SA, Gikonyo NK and Makokha AO.Efficacy of amaranth sorghum grains porridge in rehabilitating moderately acute malnourished children in a low-resource setting in Kenya: A randomized controlled trial. Integr Food NutrMetab, 2017 doi: 10.15761/IFNM.1000185
  • Angelica Kimwele, Sophie Ochola. Complementary Feeding and Nutritional status of children 6-23 months attending Kahawa West Public Health Centre, Nairobi. IOSR Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences (IOSR-JNHS e-ISSN: 2320-1959. p-ISSN:2340-1940 Volume 6, Issue 2 Ver. VI (Mar-Apr. 2017), PP 17-26.
  • Mary N. Makau, Sophie Ochola, DorcusMbithe. Feeding Practices of Children Aged 0-59 Months Accompanying Incarcerated Mothers in Selected Women’s Prisons in Kenya DOI: The Open Nutrition Journal 10.2174/1874288201711101???? 2017
  • Florence K. M’Kaibi, Nelia P. Steyn, Sophie Ochola:The relationship between agricultural biodiversity, dietary diversity, household food security and stunting of children in rural Kenya Food Science and Nutrition,Doi:10.1002/fsn3.387
  • Judith Kanensi Okoth, Sophie Atieno Ochola, Nicholas K. Gikonyo, Anselimo Makokha,2016:Development of a nutrient-dense complementary food using amaranth-sorghum grains Food Science and Nutrition,DOI: 10.1002/fsn3.367

Conference Publications

  • Ochola, S; Demetre, L.; Nduati, R. Potentials and barriers to exclusive breastfeeding among women in an urban low-resource setting in Nairobi, Kenya: A qualitative study: po3318. Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism. 63 Supplement: 808, September 2013.

Chapters in Books

  • Brent Swallow and Sophie Ochola, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Health. In Understanding the Links between Agriculture and Health edited by Corinna Hawkes and Marie T. Rue, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture and the Environment, Focus 13. 2005
  • Sophie Ochola, The Role of Home Economics in the promotion of Health. In The Role of Home Economics in Kenya. Strategies for Change. Discussion Papers edited by Olive M. Mugenda, Ngatho Polishers, Nairobi 1995, ISBN 9966 9887 6 9


  • 1995: Sophie Ochola, Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Home Science Revision. Published by the Kenya Literature Bureau
  • Co-authored Forms 1, 11 and 111 Home Science textbooks and Form 111 Teachers’ Guide for the Kenya Institute of Education, 1986
  • Co-authored Teachers’ Guide for Primary Schools Home Science for the Kenya Institute of Education, 1986
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