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Mohamed Jelle

Mohamed Jelle

Researcher, Institute for Global Health, University College London

Mohamed Jelle is a research fellow at UCL Institute for Global Health and his main research focus lies in the intersection between nutrition, cash transfers, migration and use of verbal autopsies (VA), often within the context of populations affected by humanitarian emergencies caused by conflict or disasters. He has over 8 years progressive experience in humanitarian work both in programming and research capacities. Prior to joining UCL, Mohamed worked with local and international NGOs and the UN. He holds an MSc in Nutrition and Rural Development from University of Gent, Belgium and is currently a PhD candidate in nutritional epidemiology at the UCL Institute for Global Health.


  1. Seal AJ, Jelle M, Grijalva-Eternod CS, Mohamed H, Ali R, Fottrell E. Use of verbal autopsy for establishing causes of child mortality in camps for internally displaced people in Mogadishu, Somalia: a population-based, prospective, cohort study. The Lancet Global Health. 2021;9(9):e1286-e95. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00254-0
  2. Jelle M, Morrison J, Mohamed H, Ali R, Solomon A, Seal AJ. Forced evictions and their social and health impacts in Southern Somalia: a qualitative study in Mogadishu Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps. Global Health Action. 2021;14(1):1969117. doi: 10.1080/16549716.2021.1969117
  3. Grijalva-Eternod CS, Jelle M, Haghparast-Bidgoli H, Colbourn T, Golden K, King S, et al. (2018) A cash-based intervention and the risk of acute malnutrition in children aged 6–59 months living in internally displaced persons camps in Mogadishu, Somalia: A non-randomised cluster trial. PLoS Med 15(10): e1002684. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002684
  4. 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
  5. 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.