SCN Awards of Merit 2008
At the symposium on Monday 3 March during the 35th SCN Session, Hanoi, Viet
Nam 2008, Awards of Merit were given to Professor Tu Giay, Professor Ha Huy Khoi,
Dr Michael Latham, and Dr Alan Berg, in recognition of their outstanding life
long contributions and service to nutrition.
- Professor Tu Giay and Professor Ha Huy Khoi were honoured by the SCN
Vice-Chair Dr Werner Schultink who maintained that much of Viet Namís success
in reaching the MDG4 on child mortality and being on track to reaching MDG1 on
underweight could be attributed to the long and distinguished work of these
two nutrition champions, besides their major contributions to international
nutrition science. Professor Tu Giay founded the National Institute of
Nutrition (NIN) and remained its Director for twelve years. He developed a
famous home gardening system that also promoted animal protein intake through
fish ponds. Professor Ha Huy Khoi, Director of NIN for nine years, not only
continued Professor Tu Giayís efforts but further developed nutrition in Viet
Nam, particularly in the field of micronutrients and protein-energy
malnutrition. He also worked on documenting the nutrition impacts of
transition in Viet Nam.
- Professor Michael Latham was honoured by Dr Elisabeth Sterken, the Chair
of NGO/Civil Society Group who highlighted his important contributions to
advancing health and nutrition among mothers and children. Professor Latham
has had a distinguished career in academia and in health service, working in
Tanzania and Uganda in Africa before joining the Graduate School of Nutrition
at Cornell University where he continues to supervise students. He is a
cofounder and co-chair of the advisory group of the World Alliance for
Breastfeeding Action. His legacy however, is through his students who work
throughout the world extending his commitment to maternal and child health.
- Dr Alan Berg was honoured by Professor Arne Oshaug, Chair of the Bilateral
Group who emphasized his impact in moving the nutrition agenda through
reaching out to so many audiences beyond the nutrition community such as
bankers and other decision-makers, as well as practitioners in the field who
have appreciated his newsletter "New&Noteworthy in Nutrition". For these
efforts, Alan Berg can be considered a global giant in nutrition history.