Dr. Sophie Ochola

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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

 

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
Articles in refereed Journals

  • 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

Books

  • 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

Unpublished Research

  • Ochola Sophie,2009:Complementary Feeding Practices and Factors Associated with its Practice in Kibera Slum, Nairobi Kenya
  • Ochola Sophie, co-researcher,2003:Kenya National Food Consumption Survey,UNICEF
  • Ochola Sophie, co-researcher,2002-Enhancement of Female Participation and Performance in Mathematics, Sciences and Information Technology in Public Universities in Kenya FORD Foundation
  • Ochola Sophie, co-researcher,2000: Enhancement of Female Participation and Performance in Mathematics, Sciences in Primary School in Kenya,Rockefeller
  • Ochola Sophie, co-researcher,2001:Documentation of the Kenyan Female Scientists and Technologists,UNESCO

Conference Presentations

  • Sophie Ochola, Elijah Mbiti, Esther Kariuki, Lucy Murage, Festus Kiplamai, Jacqueline Kung’uMonitoring coverage of micronutrient programs in Kenya: Lessons learned from using Large Country Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LC-LQAS) surveys. A Paper presented at the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement (Academia Chapter National Food and Nutrition Symposium at the Kenya School of Government, Nairobi.23rd to 24th November 2016
  • Sophie Ochola Do health providers in Kenya use Patient-Centred Care model for treatment of childhood diarrhoea?A paper presented at the 1st Global Conference on Patient Centred Care at Kenyatta University, Kenya.29th September to 2nd October 2015
  • Sophie Ochola, Demetre Labadarios and Ruth Nduati.The predictors of exclusive breastfeeding in an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya: a prospective study.Paper presented at the Federation of African Nutrition Societies (FANUS) conference, Arusha 25th to 29th May, 2015
  • Irene Awuor Ogada, Sophie Ochola, Zandile Mchiza, Rosebella Onyango and Florence Akeyo Opportunities and barriers in promoting exclusive breastfeeding among fathers: Experience of couple-counseling in Nyando District, Kenya.Paper presented at the Federation of African Nutrition Societies (FANUS) conference, Arusha,25th to 29th May, 2015
  • Juliana Nduko Kiio, Sophie Ochola and Elizabeth Kuria Dietary intake, iron and zinc status of moderately malnourished children aged 6-36 months in Thika Urban Slums, Kenya. Paper presented at the Federation of African Nutrition Societies (FANUS) conference, Arusha,25th to 29th May, 2015
  • Irene Awuor Ogada, Sophie Ochola, Zandile Mchiza, Rosebella Onyango and Florence Akeyo The influence of couple-counselling and maternal-counselling on early breastfeeding practices in Nyando sub-County, Kenya Paper presented at the Nutrition Congress, South Africa,16th – 19th September 2014
  • Sophie Ochola, Challenges of doing research in Africa: How do we overcome them? Paper presented at the Postgraduate Research Workshop in Stellenbosch University, Cape Town. 23rd to 27th July 2014

  • SophieOchola, Infant and Young Child Feeding in Kenya: Challenges and Opportunities, Nutrition and Health Workshop by the Department of Paediatrics, Kenyatta University, 25th June 2014
  • Florence M. Kaibi FK, Steyn NP, Sophie Ochola, Du Plessis L, Are households with and without children with stunted growth significantly different in dietary diversity and household food security in rural Kenya?, Africa’s Nutrition Conference, North Coast Beach Hotel Mombasa, Kenya, 10-14th March, 2014
  • Judith K. Okoth, Sophie Ochola, Nicholas K. Gikonyo, and Anselimo O. Makokha, Efficacy of amaranth- sorghum grains complementary food in treating moderately undernourished children in an urban low-resource setting, Thika district, Kenya: a randomized trial, Africa’s Nutrition Conference, North Coast Beach Hotel Mombasa, Kenya, 10-14th March, 2014
  • Leah Mututho Njeri, Sophie Ochola, Elizabeth Kuria, Predictors of exclusive breastfeeding among infants less than six months in a rural informal settlement, Molo district, Kenya, Africa’s Nutrition Conference, North Coast Beach Hotel Mombasa, Kenya, 10-14th March, 2014
  • Grace Kihagi, Sophie Ochola, Dorcus Mbithe, Childcare practices, nutrition status and morbidity prevalence of underfives among internally displaced persons in Kieni forest, Gatundu district, Kenya , Africa’s Nutrition Conference, North Coast Beach Hotel Mombasa, Kenya 10-14th March, 2014
  • Mary N. Makau, Sophie Ochola, Dorcus Mbithe, Feeding practices and nutritional status of children age d0-59 months accompanying incarcerated mothers in selected women’s prisons in Kenya, Africa’s Nutrition Conference, North Coast Beach Hotel Mombasa, Kenya, 10-14th March, 2014
  • Jacob Kipruto Korir, Sophie Ochola & Winfreda Nyamota, Determinants of complementary feeding practices and nutritional status of children 6-23 months old in Korogocho slum, Nairobi county, Kenya, Africa’s Nutrition Conference, North Coast Beach Hotel Mombasa, Kenya, 10-14th March, 2014
  • Ochola Sophie, Potential and barriers to exclusive breastfeeding among women in an urban low-resource setting in Nairobi, kenya: a qualitative study, IUNS Nutrition Congress in Granada Spain, 15th to 20th September 2013
  • Ochola Sophie, Influence of agricultural biodiversity on household food security and stunted growth in children aged 24-59 months in rural Kenya, IUNS Nutrition Congress in Granada Spain, 15th to 20th September 2013
  • Ochola Sophie, Evaluation of two counseling strategies promoting exclusive breastfeeding among HIVnegative mothers in a lowresource urban setting in Nairobi, Kenya, 4th African Nutritional Epidemiology Conference (ANEC) at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi Kenya, 4th-8th October 2010
  • Ochola Sophie, The predictors of exclusive breastfeeding in a lowresource setting in Nairobi, Kenya, 4th African Nutritional Epidemiology Conference (ANEC) at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi Kenya, 4th-8th October 2010.

Research and Consultancy Reports and Community Services

  • Anette Wenderoth and Ochola Sophie,Contracted by Universalia Consulting Firm – Canada,2016,Evaluation of the World Food Programme (WFP) Corporate Strategic Partnership
  • Ochola Sophie -Principal Investigator ,Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor’s Competitive Research Grant. ONGOING,2016.The Impact of Psycho-Social Counselling on Exclusive Breastfeeding rates in Kangundo Sub-County, Machakos County, Kenya: A Randomized Controlled Trial. 20,000
  • Ochola Sophie:MedAir, Somalia 2016,Knowledge, Practice and Coverage survey for the Health and Nutrition programme in South Central Somalia
  • Anette Wenderoth and Ochola Sophie,Contracted by Universalia Consulting Firm – Canada,2016,Evaluation of the World Food Programme (WFP) Capacity Building Policy, 2009
  • Ochola Sophie :Micronutrient Initiative Kenya Large Country Lot Quality Assurance Sampling and Analysis (LC-LQAS) survey for Zinc, Vitamin A and Iron/Folic Supplementation Programs in Kenya
  • Ochola Sophie:MEDAIR 2015 Knowledge , Practice and Coverage (KPC) Survey for health and nutrition Programme in South Central Somalia
  • Ochola Sophie :Micronutrient Initiative Kenya ,2015,Large Country Lot Quality Assurance Sampling and Analysis (LC-LQAS) survey for Zinc, Vitamin A and Iron/Folic Supplementation Programs in Kenya
  • Ochola Sophie:Micronutrient Initiative ,2015,End term survey for the community-based maternal and newborn health and nutrition (CBMNH-N) project in Kakamega county, Kenya
  • Ochola Sophie:Consortium of NGOs comprising: International Rescue Committee; World Vision-Kenya; Save the Children; and Islamic Relief Kenya.2015,An evaluation of mother to mother to mother support groups in Mandera, Wajir and Turkana Counties
  • Ochola Sophie:MEDAIR,2015,Knowledge , Practice and Coverage (KPC) Survey for health and nutrition Programme in South Central Somalia

 

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