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Theogene Habumugisha is a PhD Research Fellow at the Centre for International Health (CIH), at the Department for Global Health and Primary Care. He is trained as Nutritionist and holds bachelor degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Rwanda, and master degree in Nutrition and Health from Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands.
His previous work focused on Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergency Settings, while working on projects of Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA) and World Food Programme (WFP) implemented both locally in Rwanda and Internationally.
Currently, his PhD project focuses on understanding the impact of dietary transition towards reducing dietary meat and dairy consumption on environment sustainability and health/nutrition status of the older adults. This project involves: a) Collating and synthesizing available evidence on the impact of reducing meat and/or dairy consumption on health, b) Employing biomarkers of intake (stable isotope) to assess the association between sustainable consumption and health/nutrition status, and c) Exploration of consumers' readiness to reduce meat and dairy consumption in low-and-middle incomes countries, using Rwanda as a case study.
As one of the Global Challenges' PhD Fellows at the University of Bergen, his PhD project build on strong inter-factulties collaboration which involves the Centre for International Health (CIH) and Centre for Nutrition (both at the Faculty of Medicine), Department of Biological Sciences (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Scince), and Centre for the Study of Science and the Humanities (Faculty of Humanities).