Upcoming webinars and other virtual events

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A virtual “Learning and Sharing Cafe” for the West Africa regional “Stronger with breastmilk only” campaign featured stakeholders from across the region. Click the image to view a recording of the webinar on YouTube.

Separated by quarantines and travel restrictions, nutrition stakeholders have turned to virtual events to connect, share information and discuss issues. Below is a selection of upcoming webinars and virtual events of interest – a list we will update weekly (so check back regularly!).  The list includes three sections, Webinars, Conferences, and Useful Online Resources.

Please share your webinar or other virtual activities of interest: Send us an email with the details (be sure to include date, time and a link) or share the information on social media using the hashtag #OnlineMIYCN!


Capturing hearts & minds with facts and figures: Where is the evidence for community engagement?

Nov. 24, 14:00 – 15:30 Geneva; 20.00 – 21.30 Bangkok; 08.00 – 09.30 New York

While community engagement is now more accepted as a component of outbreak responses, the art and science of it vary greatly in practice, and there is a lack of rigorous monitoring and evaluation generally. A review of evidence from community engagement approaches and models used in past epidemics will be presented, along with insights from implementers on how context affects everything! Register here.

Increasing Financial Efficiency of Anemia Mukt Bharat: Lessons & Opportunities

Nov. 27,  1430 to 1630 hrs IST  (GMT+5h30)

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The Anemia Mukt Bharat program’s webinar series continues with this session looking at how to increase financial efficiency of program activities. Anemia Mukt Bharat  was launched to reduce the prevalence of Anemia across India. The series is sponsored by the Institute of Economic Growth in collaboration with UNICEF and the Centre for Policy Research.  To join the Webinar, kindly register here. See the concept note and agenda here.


Seizing Opportunity from the Jaws of Crisis: A Playbook for Nutrition (Martin J. Forman Memorial Lecture)

Dec. 10, 10am EST (GMT -5)

At the 30th annual Martin J. Forman Memorial lecture, Ellen Piwoz will address how the global nutrition community strategically used data and evidence to spur collective action and investment, emphasizing the period from 2008 to the present. Lessons from efforts to reframe nutrition problems, consequences, and solutions will be discussed along with personal reflections on what should be avoided or done differently in the future to ensure that nutrition remains a global priority. More information and registration here.


Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference and the Second Global Summit on Food Fortification

Nov. 8-13

The fifth international meeting of the Micronutrient Forum will focus on research, implementation science and policy development on all aspects of micronutrients. In 2020 the event will also open itself more broadly to the greater participation of colleagues from the food value chain sectors – agriculture, manufacturing, processing and distribution, retail, and culinary – with a deep-dive into positioning micronutrients at the heart of food systems to advance the achievement of optimal health impacts. More information: https://micronutrientforum.org/conferences/connected/

World Health Assembly

Nov. 9-14 daily

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seventy-third World Health Assembly —its first-ever to be held virtually— met with a reduced agenda between 1819 May 2020. The event is to reconvene on 914 November 2020. The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.

To follow the discussions, go to https://www.who.int/about/governance/world-health-assembly/seventy-third-world-health-assembly

Unlocking Potential: Prioritizing Child & Adolescent Health and Well-Being in the New Decade (Global Health Practitioners Conference)

Jan. 27-28, 2021

Implementers, academics, governments, donors, UN, private sector, and other community health advocates convene in this multi-day, content rich meeting that features knowledge sharing and skills building sessions, recent evidence on cross-sectoral technical areas, dialogues on community health, and professional networking. Learn more at https://conference.coregroup.org/theme/

Useful Online Resources

Investing in Child Nutrition: E-learning Course on Infant and Young Child Feeding from A&T, UNICEF, Global Health Media Project, & Raising Children Network 

Working with UNICEF and a global network of experts, Alive & Thrive developed an e-learning course based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Combined Course on Growth Assessment and IYCF Counselling as a free online resource to address gaps in training for those working in child health and nutrition in developing countries, especially in primary healthcare and community settings. Available in English and French, the self-paced course can be used as a solid introduction or a refresher course; modules include counselling skills, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and growth assessment. Resources on COVID-19 and breastfeeding have been recently added to the platform.  

Online training courses on nutrition from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy has created free online certificate courses as part of the Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity. The intended audience for these courses includes those who are engaged in designing, implementing, funding and evaluating multisectoral programs and policies in Ethiopia and other LMIC countries. Each module involves an online lecture and completion of a quiz. Additional courses are added as they become available. Recently added: COVID-19 and Nutrition.