Sr. Technical Advisor
USAID Advancing Nutrition/Save the Children
Altrena Mukuria, DrPH, CLS, is a Senior Nutrition Advisor on the Nutrition and Health Systems Team of USAID Advancing Nutrition. She is a seasoned global health specialist with over 30 years’ experience in complex nutrition and health programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Altrena conducted her doctoral studies in public health at Johns Hopkins University and her dissertation was on exclusive breastfeeding and the role of social support and social networks. Recently she completed training as a certified lactation specialist (CLS) and is working towards becoming an IBCLC. Dr. Mukuria has published papers on engaging fathers and grandmothers in infant and young child feeding in Western Kenya. During her career, Altrena has led community-based research on the social, cultural, and individual influences on maternal and child health in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Haiti. She has also conducted comparative analyses of Demographic and Health Survey data on 40 countries. Previously she served as the Director of Country Initiatives on the USAID Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations for Nutrition Globally (SPRING) Project, and as the Country Program Specialist on the .USAID Infant and Young Child Nutrition Project. She has also provided direction to a nutrition impact evaluation grants and technical support program covering 15 countries. Dr. Mukuria also holds an MPH from University of California, Berkeley.