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!
Effective Governance for Nutrition Programming: Lessons from Ethiopia and Nepal
Wednesday, March 3, 9:00 a.m. EST (GMT -5)
Effective governance is crucial to the implementation of nutrition policies aimed at reducing chronic malnutrition, food insecurity, and micronutrient malnutrition. However, the assessment of governance strategies at both national and sub-national levels has remained a challenging aspect of nutrition programming, especially for multi-sector plans. This webinar will explore novel strategies for measuring nutrition governance in the context of Ethiopia and Nepal.
Moderated by Dr. Robin Shrestha, regional project manager for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, with the participation of Dr. Eileen Kennedy, former dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; Grace Namirembe, data analyst for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition; and Dr. Shibani Ghosh, research associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the associate director for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition.
Overview of the COVID-19 pandemic: A high-level overview of emerging issues in each phase of the pandemic
Wednesday, March 3, 8 a.m. EST (GMT -5)
As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved around the world, it has passed through several phases, raising distinct questions and challenges in each phase. Dr Sylvie Briand, director of the Global Infectious Hazards Preparedness Department, within the WHO Emergency Preparedness division at the World Health Organization in Geneva, will present a retrospective look at one year of the global pandemic.
Global launch of The Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition Progress
Monday, March 8, 9:00 a.m. EST (GMT -5)
Thirteen years after the first Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition, the authors review the progress achieved and provide new analyses. The Series also highlights how the evidence base for nutrition, health, food systems, social protection, and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions have evolved since the 2013 Series and identifies the priority actions needed to regain and accelerate progress within the next decade. The launch will feature:
A presentation from the authors:
- Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta
Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto; Institute for Global Health & Development, The Aga Khan University
- Dr. Robert E. Black
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
- Dr. Rebecca Heidkamp
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
- Dr. Cesar Victora
International Center for Equity in Health, Federal University of Pelotas
A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Ellen Piwoz with:
- Dr. Sania Nishtar
Special Assistant of the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection
- Dr. Ruth Oniang’o
Founder, Rural Outreach Africa
- Dr. Meera Shekar
Global Lead, Health, Nutrition and Population, The World Bank
Changing values and food choice: implications for demand creation in LMIC
Thursday, March 11, 7:00 a.m. EST (GMT -5)
The ANH Academy, in partnership with the Drivers of Food Choice program, is featuring a series of webinars to disseminate important findings that have emerged from the DFC portfolio regarding drivers of individual and household food choice in changing food environments and foster discussion around next steps for scale-up and application of insights and innovations from the portfolio. This webinar, the third in the series, will feature four presentations:
- Changing values: Key learnings from Drivers of Food Choice program (UofSC)
- Insights from Malawi: Mothers personal and child body image perceptions drive food consumption and parenting (RTI)
- Insights from India: Cultural meal composition standards in common dishes and meals: an economic analysis of values (IRRI)
- Insights from Kenya: Cultural values drive behaviors and decision making for animal source foods (LSHTM/UON)
Moderator: Edward Frongillo, Professor & Director, Global Health Initiatives at Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, and co-investigator for the Drivers of Food Choice Program.
Adolescent Nutrition Resource Bank Launch: Resources to Inspire Action
Thursday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. EST (GMT -5)
USAID Advancing Nutrition will launch its Adolescent Nutrition Research Bank during this webinar moderated by Peggy Koniz-Booher, Senior Technical Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition. The new resource bank features over 150 resources, to help governments, donors, non-governmental organizations, and other adolescent nutrition stakeholders advocate for, design, implement, deliver, monitor, and evaluate effective adolescent nutrition programs and services. Speakers include:
- Kellie Stewart, Chief of the Nutrition and Environmental Health Division, USAID Bureau for Global Health
- Debendra P. Adhikari, Senior Nutrition Specialist, USAID Nepal
- Sascha Lamstein, Senior Technical Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition
- Farrah Naz (tentative), Country Director, GAIN Pakistan
- Maxwell Mumba, Zambia Youth Leader for Nutrition
- Theresa Sayavong, Technical Specialist for Community Health, USAID Nurture Project
- Victoria Marijani, Social Behavior Change and Gender Advisor, USAID Lishe Endelevu Activity
- Catharine Fleming, Lecturer Public Health, School of Health Science, Western Sydney University
- Amanda Third, Co-Director, Young and Resilient Research Centre and Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard
Global #March4Nutrition Twitter Chat – The Impact of COVID-19 on Nutrition from Alive & Thrive and 1000 Days
March is both the one-year anniversary of when COVID-19 was officially announced a global pandemic by WHO and national nutrition month in the United States. We know that immunity and nutrition are linked – good nutrition strengthens the immunity and overall health of moms, babies, families, and societies. Improving nutritional status during the 1,000-day window around the world is a key way to build resilience to future pandemics.
As part of an annual #March4Nutrition campaign, we are co-hosting a Twitter chat on the @1000Days account on the global impact of COVID on nutrition in the first 1,000 days. We hope you can join us!
When: Friday, March 12 @ 9am ET
Primary Hashtag: #March4Nutrition
iLactation has invited “Rock Stars of Lactation”, including A&T’s own Regional Technical Specialist in Southeast Asia Jenn Cashin, to be speakers at their18th online breastfeeding conference on the theme Feeding the future. Jenn will present on A&T’s recent research covering how our review of global COVID-19 breastfeeding and newborn care guidelines revealed misalignment with World Health Organization recommendations. The conference will be online from IBCLC Day, March 3 until June 3, 2021, with 18+ hours of education. CERPs and other professional development credits will be available.
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.