Andre Renzaho


Professor Andre Renzaho is a qualified global development and international public health practitioner, and currently the Inaugural Professor of Humanitarian Development Studies, Discipline Course Leader and Director of Academic program, Western Sydney University. He joined the university in 2015 and prior to that he was the Director of Migration, Social Disadvantage, and Health Programs within the Global Society Unit, the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Monash University. With a background in Global Health and International Development, he has professional experience in complex (protracted) humanitarian emergencies and development practice, global public health, and nutrition epidemiology including the epidemiology of non-chronic diseases and cardiovascular diseases among migrant populations. From 2003 to 2006, he oversaw the evaluation of more than 40 AusAID NGO Cooperation Programs with World Vision Australia covering Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, the Pacific, and Asia; and acted as the Technical Director of the Impact Assessment of Australian Aid for the Bougainville Infrastructure. He has worked with a number of United Nations including working with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and the United Nations Children’s Fund and international non-government organizations such as Care Australia, Concern Worldwide, Médecins Sans Frontières,Professor Renzaho has consulted extensively for State and Commonwealth Governments in Australia and overseas. His research interests are global development and health including international development practice, public health prevention and systems in emergency response in resource poor settings, health promotion and policy, disaster epidemiology, and the health and socio-economic impacts of migration. Professor Renzaho has taught globally including teaching at Columbia University (USA), Makerere University (Uganda), James Cook University, Deakin University, Monash University, the Australian National University, Western Sydney University, and the Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health.Current research interests and projects:Migration, social disadvantage, and health: physical activity and nutrition (Chinese migrants); vitamin D deficiency (dark skinned migrant populations); non-communicable diseases (obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, mental health); blood donation and social inclusion (African migrants); and health literacy, alcohol and drug prevention, and oral health (migrant populations. Global health: Hypertension and type 2 diabetes (Zimbabwe); maternal and child health (Papua New Guinea and Laos); child protection and sexual health & reproductive rights (Uganda); nutrition, food security, and food systems (Ethiopia); HIV Prevention (Eastern Africa); and non-communicable diseases post-2015 development agenda. Cultural competence and health service delivery Nutrition and food security. Methodological approaches: systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and meta-ethnography.

Discipline: Not Applicable

Centre: Western Sydney University

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