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Department of Archaeology



I am a passionate public health specialist and programme manager with a PhD in Paediatrics and Child Health, with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and extensive applied hands-on fieldwork experience in various LMIC contexts.


My expertise and fields of interest include: (i) governance, health systems analysis, humanitarian crises and public health in complex emergencies; (ii) global health and epidemiology; (iii) maternal and child health, child nutrition, growth, body composition, and development; (iv) water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). In my work, I bring together interdisciplinary perspectives that contribute to our understanding of public health issues (e.g., chronic diseases, malnutrition, and poor child development), and ultimately human growth and development.

Key Publications

Other publications: 
Momberg D, Voth-Gaeddert L. E, Ngandu B. C, Richter L, May J, Norris S. A, Said-Mohamed R. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) factors associated with growth between birth and one year of age in children in Soweto, South Africa: Results from the Soweto Baby WASH study. Journal of Water and Health. (Published Online 21 September 2020)


Momberg D, Mahlangu P, Ngandu B, May J, Norris S, Said-Mohamed R. Intersectoral (in)activity: towards an understanding of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and childhood undernutrition in public sector departments in South Africa. Health Policy and Planning.: 1-41. (Accepted March 2020)

DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czaa028

Momberg D, Ngandu B, Voth-Gaeddert L, Cardoso-Ribeiro K, May J, Norris S, Said-Mohamed, R. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in sub-Saharan Africa and associations with undernutrition, and governance in children under five years of age: A systematic review. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease:1–27. (Accepted November 2019)


Voth-Gaeddert, L.E, Jonah, C, Momberg D, Ngandu, C, Said-Mohamad, R, Oerther, D.B, May, J. Assessment of Demographic and Environmental Exposures on Child Diarrhea and Systemic Inflammation: A Gender Comparison. Journal of Water Research. (Accepted October 2019)


Ngandu B, Momberg D, Magan A, Chola L, Norris S, Said-Mohamed R. The association between household socioeconomic status, maternal socio demographic characteristics and adverse birth and infant growth outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review.  Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: 1–27. (Accepted September 2019)


Momberg D.  Challenges and Opportunities for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) and Infant Nutrition in South Africa.  In Child Gauge 2020: Children’s Nutrition and Food Security. Julian May and Chantell Witten eds. Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town Press. 2020.

Said-Mohamed R, Momberg D, Norris S.  Changes in food consumption patterns across the life course and impact on health and development. The Birth-to-twenty Plus cohort case.  In Child Gauge 2020: Children’s Nutrition and Food Security. Julian May and Chantell Witten eds. Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town Press. 2020.

Momberg D, May J, Said-Mohamed R. South African policy isn't connecting the dots between child nutrition and sanitation. The Conversation Africa. 10 August 2020.

Momberg D. Governance of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in South Africa and Associations with Nutritional Status in Children Between Birth and One Year of Age. University of the Witwatersrand, 2020.

Momberg D. Globalization and Health: Career Prospects in The Many Facets of Global Studies. Loeke K, and Middell M, eds. 2019. Leipzig University Press. Leipzig, Germany.

Momberg D. Dead in the Water? Reflections on Transboundary Water Governance in the Orange River Basin. Roskilde University, 2013.

Momberg D. The Mental State: Towards the Framing of Mental Illness in South Africa, circa. 1973-2002. Stellenbosch University, 2009.


Job Titles

Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

General Info

Available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Human Population Biology and Health

Contact Details


Person keywords: 
Child Health, Growth, Body Composition, Environment
Biological Anthropology
Science, Technology and Innovation
Human Evolutionary Studies
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