Science Circle Lecture: The Impact of Nutritional Interventions on Child Health and Cognitive Development

This review provides an overview of the impact of key interventions aiming to improve nutritional intake in order to reach better physical health and cognitive outcomes among children in developing countries.

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Event Information

November 23, 2020, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Organizer(s): DWIH New Delhi, University of Goettingen

Despite growing policy commitment and decades of extensive research, nutritional deficiencies remain a key challenge for health systems worldwide. In addition to causing significant personal costs for those affected, indirect effects, such as reduced overall human capital accumulation or losses in labor productivity, can impose substantial obstacles for the achievement of economic development goals. It is argued that, although promising interventions exist, malnutrition is a complex problem, likely requiring a stronger focus on multifactorial approaches. Moreover, more research is necessary to maximize compliance and sustainability if interventions are to successfully transform into large-scale policy programs. Further, the emerging double burden of malnutrition as a key challenge for policy makers in resource-poor settings is discussed.


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer

Sebastian Vollmer is Professor of Development Economics and currently serves as Director of the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen. His research examines the linkages between poverty and health in low- and middle-income countries. Sebastian Vollmer studied Mathematics and Economics at the University of Göttingen and also received his PhD in Economics from the University of Göttingen. He was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, Assistant Professor of Development Economics at the University of Göttingen and Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNESCO, FAO, the Asian Development Bank and national government organizations. Prof. Vollmer is also the Coordinator for the M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP)  Thematic Module 6 – Political Economy of Growth And Distribution.