Anthropology of Health Members
Dr Nasima Akhter
Nasima Akhter, Assistant Professor (Research), is a member of Wolfson Research Institute of Health and Wellbeing and Department of Anthropology at Durham University. She has over 15 years’ experience in evaluation, monitoring and data analysis. She works across many projects in applied health research including evaluation of interventions and advanced data analysis, teaches statistical concept and analytical methods, facilitates grant applications and provides statistical support to student and staff.
Nasima obtained her PhD from the Institute for Global Health, University College London in 2013, which assessed food security and poverty, food prices inflation following the 2008 global food price crisis and affordability of a nutritionally adequate diet by socio-economic groups in rural Nepal. Nasima worked as a key researcher for the Helen Keller International Bangladesh’s Nutritional Surveillance Project, Homestead Food Production Program, external evaluation projects (1997-2007). She is experienced in project design, planning and implementation and completed consultancy projects for the WHO, UNHCR, Save the Children.
- What are the health and health inequalities impacts of the Big Local community empowerment initiative in England? NIHR Public Health Research, 2018 – 2021.
- Determinants of quality of diet among rural households in Bangladesh. Collaborative project between Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University and School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo.
- Repetitive behaviours in ASD. NIHR Health Technology Assessment. 2018 – 2020.
- Multicentre randomised controlled trial of minimally invasive thoracoscopically-guided right minithoracotomy versus conventional sternotomy for mitral valve repair, NIHR Health Technology Assessment, 2016-2021
- Preventing cardiac damage in patients treated for breast cancer: a phase 3 randomised, open label, blinded endpoint, and superiority trial of enalapril to prevent Anthracycline-induced Cardiotoxicity (PROACT). NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, 2017-2019.
- Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity, Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Grant, (2013-2018). PI: Professor Clare Bambra.
- ‘Differential acculturation and its impact on wellbeing among Bangladeshi migrants in the North-East and South' (London) UK. PI: Professor Gillian Bentley. This project aimed to assess how British-Bangladeshis adapt to life in different parts of the UK, and whether their experiences as first- or second-generation migrants have an effect on health and wellbeing.
- Nutritional Surveillance Project, Helen Keller International Bangladesh (1997-2007)
Department of Anthropology
Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing
- Health inequality
- Nutritional assessment, Obesity
- Evaluation of intervention
- Bangladeshi Diaspora in the UK
- Food security and livelihood
- Akhter, Nasima, Saville, Naomi, Shrestha, Bhim, Manandhar, Dharma S., Osrin, David, Costello, Anthony & Seal, Andrew (2018). Change in cost and affordability of a typical and nutritionally adequate diet among socio-economic groups in rural Nepal after the 2008 food price crisis. Food Security 10(3): 615-629.
- Todd, Adam, Al-Khafaji, Jaafar, Akhter, Nasima, Kasim, Adetayo, Quibell, Rachel, Merriman, Kelly & Holmes, Holly (2018). Missed opportunities: unnecessary medicine use in patients with lung cancer at the end of life: an international cohort study. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 84(12): 2802-2810.
- Mawn, L., Oliver, E.J., Akhtar, N., Bambra, C., Torgerson, C., Bridle, C. & Stain, H.J. (2017). Are we failing young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs)? A systematic review and meta-analysis of re-engagement interventions. Systematic Reviews 6: 16.
- Thomson, Katie H., Renneberg, Ann-Christin, McNamara, Courtney L., Akhter, Nasima, Reibling, Nadine & Bambra, Clare (2017). Regional inequalities in self-reported conditions and non-communicable diseases in European countries: Findings from the European Social Survey (2014) special module on the social determinants of health. European Journal of Public Health 27(Supplement 1): 14-21.
- Mattheys, K., Bambra, C., Warren, J., Kasim, A. & Akhter, N. (2016). Inequalities in mental health and well-being in a time of austerity: Baseline findings from the Stockton-on-Tees cohort study. SSM - Population Health 2: 350-359.
- Nazar, H., Brice, S., Akhter, N., Kasim, A., Gunning, A., Slight, S.P. & Watson, N. (2016). New transfer of care initiative of electronic referral from hospital to community pharmacy in England: a formative service evaluation. BMJ Open 6(10): e012532.
- Oddo, V.M., Rah, J.H., Semba, R.D., Sun, K., Akhter, N., Sari, M., de Pee, S., Moench-Pfanner, R., Bloem, M. & Kraemer, K. (2012). Predictors of maternal and child double burden of malnutrition in rural Indonesia and Bangladesh. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 95(4): 951-958.
- Campbell, A.A., Akhter, N., Sun, K., De Pee, S., Kraemer, K., Moench-Pfanner, R., Rah, J.H., Badham, J., Bloem, M.W. & Semba, R.D. (2011). Relationship of homestead food production with night blindness among children below 5 years of age in Bangladesh. Public Health Nutrition 14(9): 1627-1631.
- Campbell, A.A., Akhter, N., Sun, K., De Pee, S., Kraemer, K., Moench-Pfanner, R., Rah, J.H., Badham, J., Bloem, M.W. & Semba, R.D. (2011). Relationship of household food insecurity to anaemia in children aged 6-59 months among families in rural Indonesia. Annals of Tropical Paediatrics 31(4): 321-330.
- Semba, R.D., de Pee, S., Sun, K., Akhter, N., Bloem, M.W. & Raju, V.K. (2010). Coverage of vitamin A capsule programme in Bangladesh and risk factors associated with non-receipt of vitamin A. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition 28(2): 143-148.
- Thorne-Lyman, A.L., Valpiani, N., Sun, K., Semba, R.D., Klotz, C.L., Kraemer, K., Akhter, N., De Pee, S., Moench-Pfanner, R., Sari, M. & Bloem, M.W. (2010). Household dietary diversity and food expenditures are closely linked in rural Bangladesh, increasing the risk of malnutrition due to the financial crisis. Journal of Nutrition 140(1): 182S-188S.
- Campbell, A.A., de Pee, S., Sun, K., Kraemer, K., Thorne-Lyman, A., Moench-Pfanner, R., Sari, M., Akhter, N., Bloem, M.W. & Semba, R.D. (2010). Household rice expenditure and maternal and child nutritional status in Bangladesh. Journal of Nutrition 140(1): 189S-194S.
- Rah, J.H., Akhter, N., Semba, R.D. de Pee, S., Bloem, M.W. Campbell, A.A. Moench-Pfanner, R., Sun, K., Badham, J. & Kraemer, K. (2010). Low dietary diversity is a predictor of child stunting in rural Bangladesh. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 64: 1393–1398.
- Akhter, N. & Haselow, N. (2010). Using data from a nationally representative nutrition surveillance system to assess trends and influence nutrition programs and policy. Field Action Science Reports 4(1).
- Akhter, N., Witten, C., Stallkamp, B., Anderson, V., de Pee, S. & Haselow, N. (2008). Children aged 12-59 months missed through the National Vitamin A Capsule Distribution Program in Bangladesh: findings of the Nutritional Surveillance Project. Field Action Science Reports
- Semba, R., de Pee, S., Sun, K., Sari, M., Akhter, N. & Bloem, M. (2008). Effect of parental formal education on risk of child stunting in Indonesia and Bangladesh: a cross-sectional study. Lancet 371: 322–28.
- Lee, V., Ahmed, F., Wada, S., Ahmed, T., Ahmed, A.S., Parvin Banu, C. & Akhter N. (2008). Extent of vitamin a deficiency among rural pregnant women in Bangladesh. Public Health Nutrition 11(12): 1326-1331.
- Shafique, S., Akhter, N., Stallkamp, G., de Pee, S., Panagides, D. & Bloem, M. (2007). Trends of under-and overweight among rural and urban poor women indicate double burden of malnutrition in Bangladesh. International Journal of Epidemiology 36(2): 449-57.