Filippo Dibari

Filippo Dibari


PhD Student

UCL Centre for International Health and Development
Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
London WC1N 1EH

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Expertise: Design (using Linear Programming approach), production and testing (nutrition epidemiology) of lipid-based, ready-to-use foods (RUF) for nutrition feeding programmes, such as Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM/CTC); CMAM/CTC advisor; coverage survey advisor for CMAM/CTC interventions; GIS mapping (ArcGis software); and nutrition data analysis (STATA software).

Biography: Filippo qualified as a Food Science and Technologist in 1993 (University of Udine) and then as Public Health Nutritionist in 2003 (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). He worked for four years in the Brazilian Amazon jungle in fruit processing with poor farmers and doing research with local universities. He then worked for UN agencies (FAO, WFP, IFAD) and in collaboration with international NGOs (MSF, Save the Children, Action Against Hunger, among others) in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

PhD at CIHD/UCL: Since 2005, he has been working for Valid International who is also sponsoring his part-time PhD doctorate (2007-2012). His research focuses on a framework to design and pre-test therapeutic (RUTF), supplementary (RUSF) and complementary RUF (RUCF). As a case study, based in a Kenyan MSF programme, he designed and pre-tested a cheaper RUTF to rehabilitate nutritionally wasted adults living with HIV, whose compliance with the current paediatric RUTF is low.

Since 2012, he has a personal blog on which he shares his topics of interest (evidence-based nutrition and food issues), and where his current publications are listed.