Lori Herz, Bioengineering
Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are common in Sierra Leone, especially among children under five years of age. This often results in stunting, wasting, developmental delays, and mortality. Over the past two years, we have developed several nutrient-dense foods at Lehigh, which were prepared and tested in Sierra Leone in 2019. The next phase of the work includes improvement of the recipes, investigating methods of preservation and packaging, analysis of the products for nutrient levels, shelf-life testing, designing a clinical study, and creating and executing a business plan. Students on this project should have a passion for global health and experiential learning.