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Beyond Food

By Naina Qayyum

Naina Qayyum

Naina Qayyum (she/her/hers; based in Islamabad, Pakistan) earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Global Health from Middlebury College, where she was a UWC Davis Scholar. Her undergraduate research work focused on polio vaccination efforts in Pakistan. She has worked in various research, monitoring and evaluation projects in Pakistan and the US. She is the first Pakistani Schwarzman scholar and pursued her masters in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University. In China, she did her graduate research project on China’s maternal health policies. She later did the Global Health Corps fellowship programme as an international fellow in the US working for a local non-profit on issues of healthy inequity. More recently, Naina worked with the FAO in Pakistan and is currently working for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition engaged in the UN Food Systems Summit work. She is also a strong youth advocate for  equitable food and health systems.

Blogs by Naina Qayyum

toddler's hand, a spoon and a messy table with food

In this blog, Naina Qayyum, reflects on insights from her conversation with parents on child feeding experiences and challenges. It is part 2 of 2 in the series 'Those Who Feed Us'.

Children eating food

In this piece Naina Qayyum, shares her experience of interacting with parents to learn about their child feeding practices. Part 1 is a vlog.

photo showing young people running towards the sun

In this blog, Naina Qayyum, advocates for the need to make nutrition policies adolescent-friendly.

Image showing a women arranging vegetables

In this blog, Naina Qayyum, draws the connection between our food systems and women's health.

Image showing hashtag made out of fries

In this blog, Naina Qayyum, highlights how food marketing encourages unhealthy food consumption.

Image showing a train made out of vegetables

In this blog, Naina Qayyum, tried to draw the link between climate change, food systems, and their impact on human health.

naina blog 2

In this blog post, Naina Qayyum reflects on food safety challenges and why it is time it takes a front seat in the food and public health discourse.

Image showing food items and medicine

In her first blog, Naina Qayyum, makes the case for why public health and food systems need to break silos and work together to achieve better population health outcomes.

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