Silvia Alonso Alvarez

Silvia Alonso Alvarez

Senior Scientist Epidemiologist

Silvia Alonso is a senior scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is a veterinarian and holds a MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a PhD in veterinary public health. Silvia worked for 5 years as a lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College where she gained experience in teaching and training at undergraduate and postgraduate level, both nationally and internationally. She has more than 15 years of experience in public health research, both in Europe and internationally. Her research looks at the interface between livestock production and human health, including nutrition. During her time at ILRI she has been involved in a range of projects looking at the epidemiology and control of different zoonoses, mainly foodborne, and on strategies for sustainable food safety in informal markets. Her current research explores how to leverage livestock value chains to improve health and nutrition. She is leading the first large-scale field trial of an intervention in informal markets to improve food safety and child nutrition in peri-urban Nairobi. She is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health and the Chair of the ethics IRB at ILRI.

My Projects

MoreMilk: Making the most of milk

MoreMilk: Making the most of milk

Building capacity for institutionalizing food safety tracking in African Union member states

Building capacity for institutionalizing food safety tracking in African Union member states

Improving handling practices and microbiological safety of milk and milk products in Borana pastoral communities, Ethiopia

Improving handling practices and microbiological safety of milk and milk products in Borana pastoral communities, Ethiopia

Aflatoxin-related health risk for milk consumers in rural and peri-urban areas in Burkina Faso

Aflatoxin-related health risk for milk consumers in rural and peri-urban areas in Burkina Faso

What is killing my cow? Re-assessing diseases in smallholder dairying in Tanzania

What is killing my cow? Re-assessing diseases in smallholder dairying in Tanzania

My Blog Posts

Ethiopia vegetable market

ILRI News

Ethiopia strides towards One Health with launch of integrated food safety technical working group

ILRI News

Informal food markets: what it takes to make them safer

My Publications

Animal-source foods: Their role in sustainable healthy diets

  • Leroy, Jef L.
  • Alonso, Silvia

Incentive-based capacity building to professionalize the informal sector: the MoreMilk project

  • Alonso, Silvia
  • Kibet, G.

Food safety in Kenya: Status, challenges, and proposed solutions

  • Hoffmann, Vivian
  • Alonso, Silvia
  • Kang'ethe, Erastus K.

Food safety in Bangladesh: Market characterization and food safety awareness of food vendors and customers

  • Gazu, Lina
  • Sharma, Garima
  • Alonso, Silvia
  • Samad, Mohammed Abdus
  • Begum, Ruhena
  • Akter, Rahima
  • Dang-Xuan, Sinh
  • Islam, Shariful
  • Siddiky, Nure Alam
  • Uddin, ASM Ashab
  • Mahmud, Asheak
  • Sarker, Md Samun
  • Rahman, Md. Siddiqur
  • Grace, Delia
  • Lindahl, Johanna F.

Foodborne hazards in food in Burkina Faso, 1990–2019: A systematic review and meta-analysis

  • Dinede, Getachew
  • Amenu, Kebede
  • Alonso, Silvia
  • Gazu, Lina
  • Mutua, Florence K.
  • Roesel, Kristina
  • Lindahl, Johanna F.
  • Sousa, F.M.
  • Ulrich, P.
  • Guadu, T.
  • Dione, Michel M.
  • Ilboudo, Guy S.
  • Knight-Jones, Theodore J.D.
  • Grace, Delia

Milk safety and child nutrition impacts of the MoreMilk training, certification and marketing scheme for informal dairy vendors: a cluster-randomized controlled trial in Eldoret, Kenya

  • Alonso, Silvia
  • Muunda, Emmanuel
  • Angel, M.D.
  • Kilonzi, Emily
  • Palloni, G.
  • Kiarie, Gideon
  • Domínguez-Salas, Paula
  • Grace, Delia
  • Leroy, J.L.