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Time to act on malnutrition in all its forms in West Africa

By Roos Verstraeten The World Health Organization (WHO) has characterized the double burden of malnutrition (DBM) as “the coexistence of undernutrition (i.e. micronutrient deficiencies, underweight, and childhood stunting and wasting), along with overweight and obesity, or diet-related noncommunicable diseases, within individuals, households and populations, and across the life course”. These forms of malnutrition are no…

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Transform Nutrition West Africa at the 16th ECOWAS Nutrition Forum

By Loty Diop and Roos Verstraeten Transform Nutrition West Africa participated in the 16th ECOWAS Forum on Nutrition held in Monrovia from the 18th to 20th November 2019 on the theme “Adolescent Nutrition: Institutionalizing sustainable actions for improved outcomes in West Africa”. The forum, which is held every two years, is a regional platform that…

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Transform Nutrition West Africa’s Stories of Change in Nutrition – the story so far in Ghana and Burkina Faso

By Richmond Aryeetey, Olutayo Adeyemi, Mara Van Den Bold, Elodie Becquey. Nick Nisbett, Zusia Turowska The ‘stories of change in nutrition’ initiative is a series of studies designed to systematically assess and analyse drivers of change in countries that have had success in accelerating improvements in nutrition. The multi-methods approach, which combines data and policy…

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Training to lead nutrition change in West Africa

by Namukolo Covic, October 2019 The Transform Nutrition West Africa project teamed up with the African Nutrition Leadership Programme (ANLP) to facilitate the capacity strengthening course  “Leading Change in Nutrition”. Twenty participants from 8 countries (Benin, Mali, Togo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Nigeria and Burkina Faso) participated in the 5-day short course in Saly, Senegal and…

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Transform Nutrition West Africa at the Nutrition Society of Nigeria Annual Conference

By Olutayo Adeyemi, Namukolo Covic, Folake Samuel and Roos Verstraeten Transform Nutrition West Africa organized 2 sessions at the Nutrition Society of Nigeria Annual Conference in Abuja, September 2019. Dr Olutayo Adeyemi, who leads the data collection for Transform Nutrition West Africa’s Stories of Change project in Nigeria, made two plenary presentations. These focused on…

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Spotlight on Burkina Faso: nutrition strategies and actions

By Leah Salm and Roos Verstraeten What are the key ingredients for prioritizing nutrition in policy – both at a national and local level? Recent research has shined a spotlight on this process in Burkina Faso. Transform Nutrition West Africa’s evidence brief strengthens and widens our understanding of the current direction of nutrition-relevant policy in…

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We need better data for use, and we need better use of data

To turn a commitment to scale up nutrition into reality, we need high-quality actionable data – in the right places at the right times. Without this, we are at best myopic, and at worst, flying blind. Data are needed to characterize different types of nutrition problems, to highlight magnitude, distribution, and variability, over time and…

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Nigerian nutrition stakeholders keen to accelerate positive changes in nutrition

By Namukolo Covic, IFPRI/A4NH Insightful stakeholder consultation and stakeholder network mapping events for the Nigeria Stories of Change in Nutrition Study were held in Abuja on 14 and 15 May 2019, respectively. Both were integral parts of the data collection process for the study that is part of the Transform Nutrition West Africa project supported…

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Countdown to 2030 and TNWA collaborate on regional workshop

Transform Nutrition West Africa is collaborating with Countdown to 2030 on a Regional Nutrition Workshop which aims to: (1) enhance the evidence for nutrition-related issues for women, children and adolescents in West Africa, and (2) strengthen the capacity for analysis of nutrition data from household surveys and other sources. The workshop will take place June…

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Nutrition Exchange – sharing experiences from West Africa

ENN’s SUN Knowledge Management project has focused on documenting the experiences and lessons learned from nutrition policy and programming in a number of regions, including West and Central Africa. One of ENN’s publications, Nutrition Exchange (NEX), shares articles by practitioners for practitioners working at national and sub-national level in nutrition and related sectors. The most…