COURSES, MEETINGS, ANNOUNCEMENTS
FORGING EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO COMBAT IRON
6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE SERIES ON HEALTH PROMOTION
MAY 7TH - 9TH 2001, ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Project IDEA of the ILSI Center for Health Promotion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emory University and the Micronutrient Initiative are organising the 6th International Conference Series on Health Promotion. The meeting will examine technical, operational and policy issues relating to intervention strategies for iron deficiency and will seek to define practical steps that countries can use to implement and monitor effective prevention and control programs. Country-level experiences will be presented in the areas of iron fortification, supplementation, and other strategies. While emphasis will be placed on the role and practical implementation of iron fortification, a key theme throughout the conference will be the value of integrating multiple strategies to combat iron deficiency for all population groups. Conference objectives include the assessment of current prevention and control strategies for iron deficiency, and an examination of key country level experiences in industrialised and less developed countries.
Contact: Ms. Mai-Anh Hoang (Program Manager), Project IDEA at the ILSI Center for Health Promotion, USA. Tel: 770-934-1010, Fax: 770-934-7126, EMail. Mhoang@ilsi.org
SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITY FOR ALL BY 2020 FROM
DIALOGUE TO ACTION
2020 VISION CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
SEPTEMBER 4TH - 6TH 2001, BONN, GERMANY
The conference is organised by the International Food Policy Research Institute in close collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The conference takes stock of the current situation, reviews progress in achieving sustainable food security since the first 2020 Vision conference in 1995, and offers state-of-the-art projections from the international Food Policy Research Institute to show how many will go hungry in 2020 if appropriate action is not taken. The conference will also focus on emerging issues that are most likely to affect the global goal of achieving sustainable food security for all by the year 2020, including; pressing health and nutrition concerns such as AIDS, tuberculosis, rapid urbanisation and accelerating globalisation and trade liberalisation. The conference also hopes to prioritise actions that can have the greatest impact on improving food security, that can multiply local successes and innovative approaches and partnerships, and that can empower disenfranchised people, especially women.
Contact: Ms. Simone Hill-Lee, IFPRI 2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006 - 1002 USA. Fax: +1-202-467-4439, EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY 30TH - JUNE 1ST 2001, INTERLAKEN, SWITZERLAND
The conference will bring together experts from around the world to address issues of bioavailability of mi cronutrients in relation to public health. The conference will be conducted through oral and poster presentations and a series of workshops on topics such as calcium bioavailability in relation to bone health, phytoestrogen absorption and metabolic action, vitamin D, sunshine and cancer, and genetic engineering to improve micronutrient content and bioavailability. There will be three sessions; the first on minerals and trace elements, the second on minor plant components and the third on vitamins.
Contact: Laboratory for Human Nutrition, Institute of Food
Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, PO Box 474, CH-8803
Rüschlikon, Switzerland. Tel: +41-1-704-5700, Fax: +41-1-704-5710, E-mail:
ADVANCED TRAINING PROGRAM IN FOOD AND NUTRITION
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AGRARIA LA MOLINA IN LIMA, PERU
The Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru will open a new Regional Postgraduate Program in Public Nutrition with emphasis in Food and Nutrition Security (FNS). Several international donors and agencies, such as the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development through the German Agency of Technical Cooperation (GTZ), FAO, PAHO and WFP support the program. The objective of the program is to contribute to the improvement of the FNS situation within the Andean countries through the development of human resources, strategies and instruments; create and disseminate new knowledge in the area FNS, and facilitate processes of change of attitudes and behaviors related to FNS. In August 2001, the Postgraduate Program will start a one-year Professional Master Program and a two-year Master of Science Program. At the end of both Master Programs the participants should be able to identify and analyze the nutritional situation of different population groups, recommend proper processes and methods of interventions and evaluations, and communicate and coach effectively with professionals from different sectors, representatives of the target groups and the general public. In addition, participants in the Master of Science Program should be able to formulate appropriate scientific questions regarding to FNS, design a data information system to analyze the collected data, and report and disseminate study results to the international community of sciences. The Postgraduate Program will give emphasis to teamwork, scientific critical thinking, skills of communication and management - all useful skills for life.
Contact: Email: email@example.com or Web: www.lamolia.edu.pe/pnp
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (COMMUNITY
SCHOOL OF POPULATION HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
ONE YEAR COMMENCING IN FEBRUARY 2001
The Master of Public Health (Community Nutrition) is an update of the previous Master of Community Nutrition. It is run from the school of Population Health at the University of Queensland where it takes place over three semesters beginning in February. Two coursework-based semesters are held in the Brisbane campus and the third semester offers the unique opportunity for international fieldwork experience in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The aims of the programme are to understand the biochemical and physiological bases of nutrition; to critically evaluate and apply expertise in an area such as nutrition policies, programs and planning and/or nutritional assessment in the community. There is also a strong focus on the investigation and critical analysis of particular nutrition problems in a fieldwork setting in rural or urban areas of southeast Asia and the Pacific. Graduate certificate and Diploma programs are also available.
Contact: The Director, Nutrition Program, The University of Queens land, Edith Cavell Building, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Herston, Qld 4029, Australia. Tel: +61 (7) 3365 5393, Fax. +61 (7) 3365 5599, EMail firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.acithn.uq.edu.au/nutrition
PRODUCTION AND USE OF FOOD COMPOSITION DATA IN
INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE COURSE
APRIL 17TH - MAY 5TH 2001
The Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) PAHO/WHO in co-operation with FAO (Food Policy and Nutrition Division) is running a graduate course on food composition information. The course is designed for analysts, teachers of nutrition and nutritional aspects of food chemistry, nutritionists, food scientists/technologists and persons involved in food labelling and legislation. The course will comprise of lectures, seminars and group work and will cover topics such as the use of databases at different levels (international, household and individual) and the selection of foods and nutrients. The course will also review existing data and examine issues such as the design of sampling protocols, methods of analysis and critical evaluation, format and modes of expression, compilation of data, quality control, food nomenclature, computer software, data dissemination and guidelines for use of tables.
Contact: Caribbean food and Nut rition Institute, Mona Campus - University of the West Indies, P.O Box 140, Kingston 7, Jamaica. Tel: (876) 927-1540-1 Fax: (876) 927-2657 E-mail: EMail@cfni.paho.org
THE HUMAN RIGHT TO FOOD AND NUTRITION: PRINCIPLES AND
SUMMER GRADUATE COURSE OF THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY
JULY 30TH - AUGUST 10TH 2001, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
The course proposes to study the working of human rights systems through close examination of the human right to food and nutrition. Participants should gain an understanding of recent developments in nutrition rights and also develop skill in applying the nutrition rights approach in specific contexts. The course will examine the application of the nutrition rights approach in various contexts, e.g., in specific countr ies, and in relation to refugees, infants, drinking water, prisons etc. The course also seeks to build skills in the analysis of concrete situations to identify violations of the human right to food and nutrition and to formulate proposals for policy and legislation. There will also be an online course on nutrition rights run by George Kent from the university of Hawaii.
Contact: Central European University, Summer University Office, 1051 Budapes,t Nador utca 9, Hungary. Tel: (361) 327-3069, Fax: (361) 327-3124 EMail: email@example.com Information for both courses can be obtained from the internet: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~kent/COURSES.html
NUTRITION PROJECT MONITORING AND
TUFTS UNIVERSITY SUMMER COURSE
JUNE 4TH - 15TH 2001
A practical and highly applied course designed to train participants in the specific skills needed to design and implement monitoring and evaluation systems for nutrition related projects. Participants will learn fundamental Monitoring and Evaluation principles plus practical techniques such as monitoring ratios, trigger points and cost effectiveness ratios. Examples and illustrations are taken from developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America but the course is also relevant for industrialised countries and those working in related fields (e.g. primary health care, or food security). The course will also present both computer and non-computer based strategies for collection, analysis and utilisation of data. The course is designed for middle-level program managers, Government monitoring and evaluation staff, international and bilateral assistance agencies and NGOs. Demand from previous years has been high, so early applications are advisable. Application deadline is April 15, 2001.
Contact: Sucheta Mehra, Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy, 126 Curtis Street, Medford MA 02155, USA. Tel. 617-627-3223, Fax: 617-627-3887, EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL VLAG (ADVANCED STUDIES IN
NUTRITION, FOOD TECHNOLOGY, AGROBIOTECHNOLOGY AND HEALTH SCIENCES) IN
WAGENINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS, IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNU, FAO AND THE
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES, ANNOUNCE THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL
GRADUATE COURSE ON PRODUCTION AND USE OF FOOD COMPOSITION DATA IN
1-19 OCTOBER 2001
The course in intended for those involved in nutritional database programmes as analysts, compilers or users and will be of value to those teaching nutrition and nutritional aspects of food chemistry. The course will comprise lectures, seminars and group work. The course fee, including a Euro 330 non-refundable deposit, is Euro 3300. The fee covers accommodation and meals at the Wageningen International Congress Centre, course materials, tuition fees and excursions. The closing data for applications is 1 July 2001.
Conact: Secretariat FoodComp 2001, Wageningen University, Division of Human Nutrition and Epidemiology, P O Box 8129, 6700 EV Wageningen, the Netherlands. Tel. 31 317 485108, Fax: 31 317 483342, Email: email@example.com. Web: www.wau.nl/vlag
WORLD FOOD PRICE 15H ANNIVERSARY
18-20 OCTOBER 2001, DES MOINES, IOWA, USA
LAUREATE NOMINATIONS DUE 28 FEBRUARY 2001
Nominations for the 2001 World Food Prize are welcome through February 28. The Prize is awarded to an individual for achievement in any field involved in enhancing food production and distribution and increasing food availability and accessibility to those most in need, thereby reducing hunger, poverty, and human suffering and improving health, nutrition, and well being.
Contact: Judith Pim, Tel: 1 515 245 3796, Email:
SCN NEWS #22
The proposed theme for SCN News # 22 is nutrition goals and targets. The year 2000 marked the tenth anniversary of the World Summit for Children. A special session of the United Nations General Assembly is planned for September 2001. This event will bring together heads of state and governments, leaders of civil society, the private sector and young people themselves to review progress achieved. Year 2001 is also the 25th anniversary of IVACG, and the World Food Summit Plus 5 Event. Progress against nutrition goals and food security is mixed. Have the nutrition goals helped or hindered? Have they galvanised accelerated actions, forged new partnerships, advanced the frontiers of innovation? Or, have they created a culture of vertical thinking, isolating nutrition from the mainstream of development? We plan to publish a set of interviews and invited articles from managers and advocates working in developing countries.
· Have goals been an inspiration or a distraction?
Let us know what you think!