This project seeks to explicate the potential causal link between mycotoxins, gut dysfunction and stunting in young children. Mycotoxins, produced by molds that contaminate staple foods such as maize, are a source of widespread environmental contamination, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. This project seeks to describe the prevalence and severity of multiple mycotoxin exposures in a large representative sample of pregnant women in rural Zimbabwe. This project explores biomarkers of mycotoxin exposure in women and children and evidence of mycotoxin contamination in their staple food sources. In doing so, this project will inform the development of more effective child health interventions.
Investigators/ Research Team: Cornell University, Zvitambo
Funded by: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation