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Mohamed Jelle

Mohamed Jelle

Researcher, Institute for Global Health, University College London

Mohamed Jelle, is a public health nutritionist experienced in issues of nutrition, cash and migration with refugees and IDPs, often within the context of conflicts and natural disasters. He is a PhD candidate in Global Health at the UCL Institute for Global Health. Jelle has a keen interest in maternal and child health, M&E, operational research and migration. As a researcher with the Institute for Global Health at the University College London, he is currently the study coordinator and Co-I of an R2HC funded study on displacement, migration and health. He is also a Co-I of an OFDA funded CINS (Cash for Improved Nutrition in Somalia) trial that will assess the impact of cash transfers, delivered together with behaviour change communication and conditional upon attending child health visits, on reducing the risk of acute malnutrition among children 6-59 months. Jelle has recently successfully coordinated the REFANI-S study which, in a collaboration between the Institute for Global Health at University College London and Concern Worldwide, looked at whether the distribution of an unconditional emergency cash transfer programme (CTP) reduced the risk of developing acute malnutrition in children living in internally displaced person camps, aged 6-59 months, in the Afgoye Corridor region, close to Mogadishu.


  1. Jelle M, Grijalva-Eternod CS, Haghparast-Bidgoli H, King S, Cox CL, Skordis-Worrall J, et al. The REFANI-S study protocol: a non-randomised cluster controlled trial to assess the role of an unconditional cash transfer, a non-food item kit, and free piped water in reducing the risk of acute malnutrition among children aged 6–59 months living in camps for internally displaced persons in the Afgooye corridor, Somalia. BMC Public Health. 2017;17(1):632. Epub 06/07/2017
  2. Seal A, Checchi F, Balfour N, Nur A-RH, Jelle M.  A weak health response is increasing the risk of excess mortality as food crisis worsens in Somalia. Conflict and Health. 2017;11(1):12. doi: 10.1186/s13031-017-0114-0.