Phuong Hong Nguyen is a Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and is based at the Alive & Thrive (A&T) office in Hanoi, Viet Nam. She is a medical doctor and has served as an Ob/Gyn for over 12 years at the Thai Nguyen University of Pharmacy and Medicine in Viet Nam. She obtained her MPH and PhD in nutrition and health sciences from Emory University. Before joining IFPRI, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University. Dr. Nguyen’s research interests are in the area of maternal and child health and nutrition with a special emphasis on issues in developing countries.
Currently, Dr. Nguyen is the Vietnam Country Coordinator for the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation component of the Alive & Thrive project (www.aliveandthrive.org) , an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reduce undernutrition and death caused by suboptimal IYCF practices in three countries (Viet Nam, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia) over a period of five years (2009-2013. In this capacity, Dr. Nguyen leads all Vietnam-based evaluation activities for Alive & Thrive, including a cluster-randomized impact evaluation of a social franchise model to improve infant and young child feeding and mixed-method process evaluation research on the entire portfolio of Alive & Thrive activities in Vietnam. She also serves as co-PI for a randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of pre-pregnancy micronutrient supplements on maternal and child health and nutrition outcomes, in collaboration with Emory University and Thai Nguyen University of Pharmacy and Medicine.