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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…

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Key regional actors agree joint Nutrition working plan

In February 2019, Transform Nutrition West Africa, Alive & Thrive, and UNICEF participated in a dialogue in Bobo Dialassou, Burkina Faso to agree upon key nutritional activities to collaborate on with the West African Health Organisation (WAHO). WAHO outlined their priority activities in the region and ongoing regional initiatives and TNWA, A&T ECOWAS, and UNICEF…

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Addressing the emerging overweight and obesity public health challenges in West Africa

By Karin Christianson, Food and Agriculture Organization, Regional Office Accra, Ghana and Lucy Billings, International Food Policy Research Institute Undernutrition, historically a focus for the West African nutrition community, took a back seat at a recent event entitled Addressing the emerging overweight and obesity public health challenges in West Africa. This multi-stakeholder consultative dialogue, organized by…

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West African nutrition professionals participate in inspiring short course on ‘Evidence for policies and programming’

By Namukolo Covic, IFPRI, CGIAR Research Programme on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health The Transform Nutrition West Africa project team from 18-22 March, 2019, hosted 32 nutrition professionals (19 females and 11 males) from 9 West African countries (Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo) for a 5-day course…

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Dietary transitions in Ghanaian Cities: Preliminary findings

Obesity and diet-related diseases in Ghana are rising, particularly in urban areas. In our studies we set out to understand why and identify what communities and government can do to reverse this trend and improve health. Our research focused on three key areas: people in their communities, neighbourhoods and communities, and priorities for national action….

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Evaluation of research on World Health Assembly targets in West Africa – new slide decks

  The West Africa Region has been one of the slowest in reducing its many burdens of malnutrition. The World Health Assembly’s (WHA) 2025 nutrition targets were developed to track countries’ nutritional situations, and measure progress in reducing malnutrition. These indicators are therefore essential to guide decision making. Understanding the regional and in-country dynamics are…

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Research on multiple malnutrition burdens in children under 5 in West Africa presented at symposium

Transform Nutrition West Africa presented the poster Multiple malnutrition burdens in children under 5 in West Africa at the recent International symposium on understanding the double burden of malnutrition for effective interventions – IAEA Headquarters, Vienna 10-13 December 2018. This research shows that West African countries experience multiple types of undernutrition in U5 children, whilst…

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Coordinating efforts in West Africa on undernutrition

The Transform Nutrition West Africa team met with key partners in Dakar Senegal on 5/6 November. The objective of the meeting was to provide updates on key work of the initiative to date and develop future work plans in coordination with efforts of other key actors and partners on nutrition in the region. Organisations represented…

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Course announcement – Transforming Nutrition in West Africa : Evidence for Policy and Programming.

UPDATE 2/12/18 APPLICATIONS FOR THIS COURSE ARE NOW CLOSED Transform Nutrition West-Africa, the UK’s Institute for Development Studies, the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are pleased to announce the second of two leadership development courses specifically designed for strengthening leadership capabilities in individuals who work in multisectoral environments….