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Pattanee Winichagoon

Pattanee Winichagoon 130x180I grew up in Bangkok, the capital city of Bangkok. I graduated with my first degree (BSc) in food technology. My first job was in the newly established nutrition research laboratory at Ramathibodi Medical School, Bangkok. Working on animal studies for my MSc was interesting, but what I also learned was how to use it for people. My first encounter with village life was my most striking new experience after my MSc. I was fortunate to have worked with leading community nutrition pioneers in the country, Professor Sakorn Dhanamitta and Professor Aree Valyasevi. While I enjoyed their simplicity, it was sad seeing so many children and women in poor nutrition and health. I was learning by doing for some time. Later, I continued and graduated with a PhD in international nutrition at Cornell University.

I have been working at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University throughout my career. I have conducted research on micronutrient deficiency and interventions for children and women. I have also been involved with community-based national nutrition programmes. Thailand has been successful in alleviating malnutrition, because of strong participation of local communities and the hard work of the frontline personnel. The work has been very rewarding.

Based in Thailand since 1976 since my MSc in nutrition, and returned after my PhD in International Nutrition at Cornell University, where I graduated in 1991. Have since conducted studies in community nutrition in two areas. One is to document community based programmes in Thailand; these have resulted in great improvements in child malnutrition since the 1980s. The other is efficacy studies of various micronutrient interventions in children, reproductive age women and pregnant women.

Deputy director of the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, 2003-2007. Have also conducted short term consultancy on community-based programmes with micronutrient intervention, as well as programme evaluations in various countries in the region. Have served as temporary advisor to WHO, FAO, UNICEF and WFP, both globally and regionally. I have also participated in a number of consultancies in the South-East Asian for various UN agencies including WHO, FAO and UNICEF as a short term consultant or advisor to expert consultative meetings on micronutrients or community-based programmes.