HWISE Scholar Highlight – Zeina Jamaluddine

Zeina Jamaluddine is this month’s HWISE Scholar Highlight.

Zeina Jamaluddine is an Instructor of Public Health Practice at the Center for Research on Population and Health (CRPH) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon.

Her research focuses on child and household level food insecurity, water insecurity, and malnutrition among refugees and marginalized populations. She was recently involved in the development and validation of an Arabic child administered food insecurity scale and a global water insecurity scale (HWISE).

Jamaluddine has managed several studies including a novel community-based intervention linking community kitchens with school food programs (Healthy Kitchens Healthy Children) in Palestinian camps. She has also been involved in a UNICEF funded project analysing deprivation among refugee children living in Lebanon (including child nutrition, health, WASH, protection and education wellbeing dimensions) (video).

In collaboration with the Applied Economics and Development Research Group at AUB, she is currently involved in a project assessing the impact of multi-purpose cash assistance provided by WFP and UNHCR on the wellbeing of Syrian refugees in Lebanon with a focus on food security, health status reproductive health outcomes, and access to primary and secondary health care services.

Recent Publications:

Ghattas H, Jamaluddine Z, Choufani J, Masterson AR, Sahyoun NR. Improvements in economic, social, and food security outcomes of Palestinian refugee women and diet diversity of Palestinian schoolchildren in Lebanon: the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Children intervention. The Lancet. 2019 Mar 1;393:S25. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)30611-7

Young SL, Collins SM, Boateng GO, Neilands TB, Jamaluddine Z, Miller JD, et al. Development and validation protocol for an instrument to measure household water insecurity across cultures and ecologies: the Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) Scale. BMJ Open. 2019;9(1): bmjopen-2018-023558.

Ghattas H, Jamaluddine Z, Akik C. Actions to address malnutrition in all its forms among refugees in Lebanon in: 2018 Global Nutrition Report: Shining a light to spur action on nutrition. Development Initiatives, Bristol, 2018.

Jamaluddine Z, Sibai AM, Othman S, Yazbek S. Mapping genetic research in non-communicable disease publications in selected Arab countries: first step towards a guided research agenda. Health Research Policy and Systems. 2016;14(1):81. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-016-0153-9

For more information and a list of her current research projects, visit the CRPH website: https://www.aub.edu.lb/fhs/Pages/crph.aspx and follow her on twitter @ZeinaJamaluddin.