Akwilina Wendelin Mwanri

Awkilina 2Name: Akwilina Wendelin Mwanri; BSc, MSc, PhD

Title: Senior Lecturer

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Research Interests: Maternal and Child Nutrition

Food and Nutrition Security

Nutrition Assessment, Nutritional Epidemiology and Food Composition


Selected Research Projects

  1. Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agricultural Investments (ATONU). A  project lead by the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Team Member (2014 – 2018)
  2. Understanding the drivers of diet change and food choice among Tanzanian pastoralists to inform policy and practice. A project funded through “Drivers of Food   Choice” funded by UKAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Team Member (2016 – 2018)
  3. Building Strong Nutrition Systems: Assessment of Capacity to Deliver & Curriculum Development for Nutrition-Relevant Community Programs in Tanzania. Funded  by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2015 – 2017) – Co-PI
  4. Plasma Leptin Levels among primary school students in Chamwino District - research project in collaboration with Giessen University, German funded by German Research Foundation – PI (2018 – 2020)
  5. Technical support for Developing of Evidence to support Food Based Dietary Guidelines for Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Rwanda. A consultancy project supported by FAO - Team Member (2017 – 2018)
  6. Mapping of food outlets and green areas in Dar es Salaam – Consultancy research work funded by FAO and GAIN –Team Member (June – December, 2019)
  7. FOODLAND (Food Systems Africa- FOOD and Local, Agricultural, and Nutritional Diversity) funded by (2020-2024) – Team member

Selected Publications

  1. Mwanri, AW, Kinabo JL, Ramaiya, K, and Feskens EJM (2014). Prevalence of gestational diabetes in urban and rural Tanzania. Diabetes research and clinical practice, 103; 71-78
  2. Mwanri AW, Kinabo JL, Ramaiya, K, and Feskens EJM (2015). High blood pressure and associated risk factors among women attending antenatal clinics in Tanzania. Journal of hypertension. 33(5):940-7
  3. Mwanri, AW, Kinabo, J., Ramaiya, K. and Feskens, E. J. M. (2015), Gestational diabetes mellitus in sub-Saharan Africa: systematic review and meta-regression on prevalence and risk factors. Tropical Medicine & International Health. 20(8): 983 – 1002
  4. Kinabo J, Mamiro P, Dawkins N, Bundala N, Mwanri A, Majili Z, Jumbe T, Kulwa K, Mamiro D, Amur N, Ngowi M, Msuya J (2016).  Food intake and dietary diversity of farming households in Morogoro Region, Tanzania. African Journal of Food, Agriculure, Nutrition and Development. 16(4) 11295 – 11309
  5. Joyce Kinabo, Akwilina W. Mwanri, Peter Mamiro, Nyamizi Bundala, et al.,  (2017). Infant and young child feeding practices: A ProPAN based analysis in Unguja Island – Zanzibar. Tanzania Journal of Health Research. 19 (3)
  6.  Mwanri, AW, Lyari, G and Msollo, SS (2017). Nutritional status and the use of traditional medicine among diabetic patients in Mawenzi hospital, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 16 (1); 36-45
  7.  Mwanri AW, Mamboleo T, Msuya J and Gowele V (2018).  Oxalate, phytate and nitrate content in Solanum villosum, Cleome Gynandra and Amaranths cruentus at different stages of maturity. African Journal of Food Science 12(11): 316-322,
  8. Anna Patrick Nombo, Akwilina Wendelin Mwanri, Elske M.Bro uwer-Brolsma, Kaushik L. Ramaiya, Edith J.M. Feskens (2018). Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Risk score: A practical tool to predict Gestational Diabetes Mellitus risk in Tanzania. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 145; 130-137doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2018.05.
  9. Kaushik L. Ramaiya, Andrew Musa Swai, Theonest K. Mutabingwa, Akwilina Wendelin Mwanri, Gibson B. Kagaruki (2018). Capacity and capability of Tanzania health facilities to diagnose and manage diabetes mellitus in pregnancy. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
  10. Safiness Simon Msollo, Haikael David Martin, Akwilina Wendelin Mwanri, and Pammla Petrucka (2019). Insulin Resistance Among Pregnant Women in Urban Areas of Arusha Region, Tanzania.  Metabolic syndrome and related disorders. 17(10): 512-517
  11. Khamis, A.G., Mwanri, A.W., Ntwenya, J.E. and Kreppel, K. (2019). The influence of dietary diversity on the nutritional status of children between 6 and 23 months of age in Tanzania. BMC Pediatr 19, 518. doi:10.1186/s12887-019-1897-5