2021 Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture: Global Capacity-Building in Early Life Nutrition

Sunday, October 17
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Central Time)
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/expertise)
Activity Code: 165055


This session will discuss the importance of global nutrition research and capacity-building. The speaker will share how she got started in global nutrition work and give tips on how other nutrition professionals can get involved in global nutrition, as well as how to establish global collaborations. As an example, she will present the Improving Early Nutrition and Health in South Africa (ImpENSA) capacity-building project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. This project developed and will implement an innovative, evidence-based, blended learning training programme for health care professionals (HCPs) in South Africa, with focus on micronutrient nutrition during the first 1000 days of life and behavior change communication. The objective of the ImpENSA Training Programme is to equip HCPs with the necessary knowledge and skills to better support pregnant women, mothers and caregivers to optimize status of key micronutrients during the first 1000 days of life. This program was developed by a consortium of European and South African experts in the fields of nutrition, nutritional programming, behavior change, health psychology, education, and technology enhanced/enabled learning. Her learnings from the ImpENSA project may be used by others around the world looking to establish global collaborations and build capacity to improve nutrition in vulnerable populations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ways to incorporate global nutrition research and capacity-building into your career path.
  • Explain how an international group of experts can join forces to build capacity of health care professionals to improve early life nutrition in vulnerable populations.
  • Describe potential challenges and opportunities of international collaborations with the goal to improve early life nutrition in vulnerable populations.

Performance Indicators:

  • 12.1.2 Leads or participates in the development of food and health policies
  • 12.4.2 Applies knowledge of local and global food markets, food production systems and nutrition regulations.
  • 3.2.1 Advocates for and influences local, federal and global nutrition and health policy to promote health and well-being of
    individuals, communities and populations.