The developing world is currently confronted with the paradoxical challenge of the coexistence of malnutrition and overweight. After working for multiple NGOs across the African continent, Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera is now trying to answer one simple question: Are we part of the problem? She explains that while there has been progress in tackling malnutrition, organisations are paying little attention to the potential risks of obesity and urges them to consider the long term implications and outcomes of their activities so as not cause harm.

Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera is a trained nurse with a post graduate in Tropical Medicine who has been working in the humanitarian field for the past 8 years. She has considerable experience in the field of public health nutrition in several diverse settings including Nutritionist in Darfur and Country Nutrition and Care Practices Coordinator for Action Contre la Faim in Liberia as well as Medical Field Coordinator for Medecins Sans Frontieres-Spain in Liberia and Somalia. In her last 3 and a half years of employment, Alexandra was a Nutrition Advisor for International Medical Corps where she actively promoted formative research for behavior change as well as integration of Food security, Health and WASH interventions in Nutrition programming. During her MSc in Nutrition for Global Health at the LSHTM, she developed a high interest for the double burden of malnutrition.

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