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High Level Meeting on Africa's Development: Needs State of Implementation of Various Commitments Challenges and the Way Forward
22 September 2008 UN Headquarters, New York, USA
For more information, please visit www.who.int/pmnch/events/2008/200809africadevelopment/en/index.html 

Roundtable on Health and Education
25 September 2008, UN Headquarters New York, USA
MDGs 4 and 5 Side Event
UN Millennium Hotel, New York, USA

Central European Congress on Obesity and Nutrition
25-28 September 2008, Hotel Thermal, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
For more information, please visit www.cecon2008.cz 

CECON 2008 - 1st Central European Congress on Obesity
25-27 September 2008, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
For more information, please visit www.cecon2008.cz/Text/welcome-letter 

Right to Food Forum
1-3 October 2008, FAO, Rome, Italy
For more information, please visit www.fao.org/righttofood

Mega Event Nutrition 2008
2-4 October 2008, Sao Paulo, Brazil
For more information, please visit www.nutricaoempauta.com.br

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) 2nd European Conference for Physicians
4-5 October 2008, Vienna, Austria
Conference Saturday 4 October
Breastfeeding Basics Course Sunday 5 October
Read more here.

Copper 2008: 6th International Copper Meeting: Copper and Related Metals in Biology
11-15 October 2008, Sardinia
For more information, please visit www.copper.ch/kas/

3rd Africa Nutritional Epidemiology Conference: The Epidemiological and Nutritional Transition in Developing Countries: Accelerating progress for nutrition in Africa
13-16 October 2008, Cairo, Egypt
For more information please visit www.aneconference.org or send an email to contact@aneconference.org

Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance on “Gender and Climate Change”
19-22 October 2008, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN-ISDR)
For more information, please visit www.capwip.org

Waste Resources Use in the Food Industry
23-24 October 2008, Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA), Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, UK

Ensuring Food Safety and Food Security: National and International Aspects
28-30 October 2008, Moscow, Russia
Contact Conference Secretariat at dashevsky@grainfood.ru or igrfop@grainfood.ru

World Urban Forum 4
3-7 November 2008 Nanjing, China
For more information, please visit www.unhabitat.org/wuf 

Association for the Study of Obesity Meeting Obesity and Cancer
4 November 2008, Institute of Child Health, London, England
For more information, please visit http://www.aso.org.uk/portal.aspx 

2008 Annual BAPEN Conference including clinical nutrition and metabolism symposium organized by the Nutrition Society
4-5 November 2008, Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, England
For more information, please visit http://www.bapen.org.uk/ce_annual_conf.html

First European Food Congress
4-9 November 2008, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Call for papers! Deadline: 11 July 2008
For more information, please visit ww.foodcongress.eu

Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the shower: Legionella Update
4 November 2008, Royal Institute of Public Health, London, UK

Trace Elements in Man and Animals TEMA-13
9-13 November 2008, Pucon, Chile
For more information, please visit http://www.tema13.net/tema13.php

4th International Symposium on Food Packaging: Scientific Developments Supporting Safety and Quality
19-21 November 2008, ILSI Europe, Prague, Czech Republic

SOFHT Annual Luncheon and Lecture
20 November 2008, Society of Food Hygiene and Technology, Millennium Mayfair Hotel, London, UK

Congreso Internacional de Salud Escolar y Universitaria
24-28 Noviembre 2008, Palacio de Convenciones de La Habana, Cuba
For more information, please visit www.inhem.sld.cu or www.cpalco.cu 

1st Scientific Uganda Nutrition Congress Announcement and Call for Abstracts Theme: ‘The Challenges, Successes and Opportunities to improve Nutritional Assessment’
4th -5th December 2008
Venue: Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Hotel Kampala, Uganda
Organizers: Uganda Action for Nutrition (UGAN)
Click here for more information.

Food and nutrition for an ageing population
10 December 2008, Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA), Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, UK

Palm Oil - The Sustainable 21st Century Oil - Food, Fuel, Chemicals
23-24 March 2009, Society of Chemical Industry, Royal Society, London UK
Contact: Jacqui Maguire: jacqui.maguire@soci.org 

EASO Björntorp Symposium: Differential roles of the various adipose compartments in obesity The European Association for the Study of Obesity
24-27 March 2009, Prague, Czech Republic
For more information, please visit http://www.easoobesity.org/ 

Frontiers in Adipose Tissue Biology
Meeting hosted by the Nutrition Society Scottish Section
7-8 April 2009, Royal Society of Edinburgh

28th American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA 2009) Conference
23–25 April 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
For more information, please visit www.EatrightOverseas.org or email: Conference2009@EatrightOverseas.org

28th American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA 2009) Conference
23–25 April 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This is a two and a half day educational event for 18 CPE units (subject to approval).
For more information please see www.EatrightOverseas.org or email: Conference2009@EatrightOverseas.org

E-Coli: Cases, Control and Common Sense
2 May 2009, Royal Institute of Public Health, London, UK

2nd Micronutrient Forum: Micronutrients, Health, and Development: Evidence–based Programs
12-15 May 2009, Beijing, China
Micronutrient Forum homepage: www.micronutrientforum.org 

7th International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods - ICDAM7
5-7 June 2009 4 June 2009: Pre-Conference Workshops
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 November 2008

Dietary Management of (Inflammatory) Disease (Dates and title to be confirmed)
17-19 June 2009, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Meeting hosted by the Nutrition Society Irish Section

Over and Undernutrition: Challenges and Approaches 
The Nutrition Society Annual Summer Meeting
29 June - 2 July 2009, University of Surrey, UK

World Congress on Oils and Fats & 28th ISF Congress 2009
27-30 September 2009, Sydney, Australia
For more information, please visit www.isfsydney2009.com 

19th International Congress of Nutrition 2009 Nutrition Security for All
4-9 October 2009 Bangkok, Thailand
For more information, please visit www.icn2009.com

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BPNI Certificate Course on “Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling Specialist
BPNI/IBFAN Asia is organizing certificate training Courses on Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling: A Training Course – The 3 in 1 Course (An Integrated Course on Breastfeeding, Complementary Feeding and Infant Feeding & HIV-Counseling) at, Lucknow, Gwalior, Gorakhpur, Hindupur, Delhi and Ranchi during April, May and June 2008.
Interest and commitment: Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding and complementary feeding. Help for solving mother's problems
Who can do it: Doctors, Staff nurses, Graduates in nutrition, science, dietetics, home science, social work etc.
Duration of training: 7 days (51 Hours) including 5 X 2 hrs clinical practice in hospital.
Competence after receiving training: Participants will be able to provide individual counselling on breastfeeding, complementary feeding HIV and Infant Feeding Initiate setting up a infant and young child feeding counseling center Provide referral level support.
Training: 4 National Trainers will train 24 infant and young child feeding counseling specialists in one training session
Course Fees: Rs. 5,000/- (includes training materials, lunch and tea)
Training Venues and Dates:

  • Ranchi, Jharkhand from 26 September - 2 October 2008

For more information please visit www.bpni.org.

Public Health In Complex Emergencies training program 2008 (www.phcetraining.org)
November 3-15, 2008: Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda
The Public Health in Complex Emergencies training program (PHCE) is a two-week residential course that focuses on critical public health issues faced by NGO/PVO personnel working in complex emergencies. The goal of the course is to enhance the capacity of humanitarian assistance workers and their organizations to respond to the health needs of refugees and internally displaced persons affected by these emergencies. Participants will master key competencies in all of the following sectors: Context of Emergencies, Reproductive Health, Epidemiology, Weapons, Violence and Trauma, Communicable Disease, Protection and Security, Environmental Health, Psychosocial Issues, Nutrition and Coordination.
Tuition is $2,400 and includes accommodation, three meals daily, and all course materials. There are very limited funds available for scholarships. In the past, some participants have secured financial aid from ministries of health, WHO regional offices and private sources. The course is currently offered in English only.
Applications should be submitted directly to the partner organization. Once accepted, applicants will receive detailed registration information and procedures for payment. Tuition includes a $250 non-refundable registration fee. Please apply at least one month prior to the date of the course you wish to attend.
Makerere University School of Public Health Uganda: Prima Nalubega Wasukira P_nalubega@yahoo.co.uk; Website: http://www.musph.ac.ug. Click on Upcoming Events

Wageningen International
Subscribe to Wageningen International e-newsletter to receive updates on short courses and capacity development programmes 4 times per year.
Subscribe at: http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/E-newsletters 

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) 2nd European Conference for Physicians
4-5 October 2008, Vienna, Austria Conference Saturday 4 October
Breastfeeding Basics Course Sunday 5 October
Read more here.

Breastfeeding: Advocacy & Practice - A Regional Outreach Course
17-29 November 2008, Penang, Malaysia
Organized by the Infant Feeding Consortium (IFC), from the Institute of Child Health, London and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), Penang

Food and nutrition security in the context of HIV/AIDS: a rights based approach
4 May-22 May 2009 or 25 May-12 June 2009, Wageningen, the Netherlands
HIV/AIDS and food and nutrition security are entwined in a vicious circle. HIV/AIDS by being an infectious disease is a drain to the human bodys nutritional reserves. An adequate nutritional situation is important to maintain quality of life and limit the occurrence of opportunistic infections. On the other hand, HIV/AIDS increases the risk of food (and nutrition) insecurity, mainly through loss of labour. Researchers have revealed many of the interactions between food and nutrition security and HIV/AIDS. The translation of this into practical policies and programmes is the necessary next step. This course aims to provide professionals working in food and nutrition security with the knowledge, skills and creativity, to incorporate the specific effects of HIV/AIDS on food and nutrition security in the design and implementation of programmes and interventions directed to improving food and nutrition security, with the specific aim to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on the livelihood of affected households.
Requirements for admission: Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • BSc. (as a minimum) or its equivalent in the field of food and nutrition, food science, home economics, agriculture, medicine or a related field of study professional position with tasks related to the theme of the course.
  • At least three years of professional experience related to the theme of the course.
  • Competence in the English language.

The course is part of the 11 weeks training programme Food and nutrition security. The programme is a combination of various courses, which can also be followed as stand alone certificate courses.
Deadlines for application: 4 April 2009 for the course 4 May-22 May; 25 April 2008 for the course 25 May-12 June
For online application and for downloading the course brochure please visit the website: http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/newsagenda/agenda/Food_and_nutrition_security.htm 
For additional information on the content of the course please contact by email fannie.deboer@wur.nl or training.wi@wur.nl or by fax *31 317 486 801

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Vacancies with International Medical Corps. Several international positions for nutritionists in Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Somalia. See details at www.imcworldwide.org/section/jobs.

IAEA is searching for a Nutrition Specialist to join their team at the Nutritional and Health Related Environmental Studies Section at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. Deadline 30 September 2008. http://recruitment.iaea.org/vacancies/p/2008/2008_031.html 

Vacancies: Helen Keller International has various positions open The job announcements can be found on the HKI website at: http://www.hki.org/about/careers.html. While there are closing dates, HKI will continue to receive applications until positions are filled.

Action Contre la Faim (ACF) has several open nutrition positions. More information on ACF website http://www.actioncontrelafaim.org

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Other Announcements

"No solution for food crisis without human rights" - new report from Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Oliver de Schutter
A human rights strategy with concerted efforts from the international and national levels is required to address the global food crisis caused by soaring food prices, Oliver De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, told the ninth session of the Human Rights Council. “The poor are hungry and malnourished not because there is no food but because they cannot buy the food that is available”, the Special Rapporteur said, adding that “what matters in human rights terms is not that more food is produced, but who will produce it and for the benefit of whom.” Before the current food crisis, 854 million were already hungry and over two billion were malnourished. The World Bank estimates that over 100 million additional people may have been driven into poverty as a result of the food price crisis.
The Special Rapporteur’s report is a follow-up to the 22 May special session of the Human Rights Council on the impact of the world food crisis, which urged measures be taken to “ensure the realization of the right to food as an essential human rights objective.” The report, entitled “Building Resilience: A Human Rights Framework for World Food and Nutrition Security”, recommends a range of national and international measures to redress the negative effects of the food crisis on the enjoyment of the right to food. At the national level, the report suggests that States develop strategies to ensure that particular attention is given to the needs and rights of the most vulnerable sectors of the population when addressing food issues. It further says that States have human rights obligations to take a number of actions to realize the right to food, such as putting in place adequate monitoring mechanisms to identify the emerging threats to the right to food, protecting land users from the risk of eviction, and addressing the equal rights of rural women to enjoy access to land and other productive resources. At the international level, the Special Rapporteur emphasizes that international human rights law requires international assistance and cooperation to achieve the enjoyment of the right to food for all. This includes providing an enabling environment for national efforts to improve adequate access to food particularly through international agreements concerning trade and intellectual property rights. The report also touches on the impact of agrofuels on the right to food, stating that “an urgent consensus that is firmly anchored in human rights considerations” is required on the issue.
Extracted from http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/NoSolutionsFoodCrisis.aspx
Full report is available from http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/9session/A.HRC.9.23.doc 

GAIN Business Award
As world leaders gather in New York this week to discuss the rising concern about food security and nutrition, GAIN has extended the deadline for its GAIN Business Award for Innovation in Nutrition to give as many companies as possible the opportunity to participate. The new deadline for application has now been extended to 31 October 2008. The GAIN Business Award for Innovation in Nutrition, launched this year by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), is a new annual Award for companies that apply innovative business models and develop new products and services that help fight malnutrition, improve public health and promote sustainable development. This Award is open to companies of all types and sizes that show a commitment to the highest standards of corporate governance, responsible business practices and sustainable development. Companies that deliver products and services that help fight malnutrition are invited to apply before 31 October 2008.
Read more at www.gainaward.com

Call for abstracts: 19th International Congress of Nutrition (ICN 2009) "Nutrition Security for All"
4-9 October 2009, Bangkok, Thailand
The 19th International Congress of Nutrition aims to provide the highest quality scientific program and give the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with internationally recognized speakers and experts in the field. The Congress will address nutrition as an integrative science, linking with other disciplines such as biomedical and life sciences, food and agriculture and social and behavioral sciences to engage and advance evidence-guided policies and programs within comprehensive food and health delivery systems.
For latest Conference Information visit the ICN website here.
Abstract submission details are available here.
Deadline for abstract submissions 14 February 2009.


Call for abstracts – IDS Bulletin on the Persistence of Undernutrition in India
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) with support from the Department for International Development in India invites abstracts of papers for an issue of the IDS Bulletin on the Persistence of Undernutrition in India. The Bulletin will contain papers written primarily from authors in India and the South Asia region.
In 2005-06, infant undernutrition rates in India were double those of Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries. Indian undernutrition rates are seven times higher than China’s. Moreover the rate of progress in reducing undernutrition is painfully slow. Between 1999 and 2006 the rate of underweight for children between the ages of 1 and 2 fell from 47.0% to 44.8%. At this rate, it would take 50 years for India’s rate to approach Malawi’s, let alone China’s.
Maternal and child undernutrition is the underlying cause of up to one third of all child deaths under the age of 5 years and a key factor in lower rates of learning and productivity which undermine the achievement of human potential and the attainment of the MDGs relating to chronic poverty, child health, maternal mortality and education. A consensus is slowly emerging that child undernutrition is not simply a technical conundrum to be solved, but is essentially a governance failure – at international, national and subnational levels: lack of recognition of those most affected, weak institutional arrangements and poor political organisation all contribute to nutrition being so low on the development agenda and prevent the scaling of successful interventions.
India contains the bulk of global infant undernutrition. Malnutrition in India is particularly concentrated in certain social groups and locations. Against a backdrop of strong economic growth, rates are high, and persistently so. Why? And how to counter this?
We particularly invite authors from Indian civil society, the private sector, the Indian research community, and the Government of India to submit abstracts on the following topics:

  • The reasons for the persistence of the undernutrition problem in India. Why isn’t economic growth significantly affecting undernutrition rates?
  • Interventions that have worked in India: which and why? Interventions that have not worked: which and why? What, if anything, can be done to make these interventions more cost-effective?
  • Domestic barriers to further action and how to overcome them:
    • Representational/Voice – are the malnourished ineffectively represented in local and national debates? If so, how to change this? How can political and social mobilisation around these issues become more effective in promoting change? How to raise public awareness and make nutrition a priority for politicians seeking election?
    • Institutional/Organisational – are there institutional and organisational barriers and transactions costs to actions which are better coordinated and owned?
    • Intercountry and interegion comparisons – what can be learned from these comparisons and which are transferable across region/country?
  • What are the corresponding barriers (e.g. voice, organisational, coordination) to effective international action and how to (and who should) overcome them?
  • Analysis and identification of the key policies that create or undermine the facilitating environment for good household nutrition.

We invite submissions of substantial abstracts (400-600 words) for potential publication in the Bulletin to be submitted by 19 October 2008 at the latest to s.forsyth@ids.ac.uk.
The abstracts will be reviewed by early November 2008 and we will invite a number of authors to submit complete papers. Authors of accepted papers will receive a modest honorarium. The deadline for submission of complete papers will be 1 February 2008. The Bulletin is due for publication in July 2009 and a launch event in India is planned around that time.

The Southern Sudan Medical Bulletin (SSMB)
The third (August 2008) issue of The Southern Sudan Medical Bulletin (SSMB) is now published and can be downloaded from the St Mary’s Juba Link at http://www.iow.nhs.uk/juba (see under journals). The fourth issue will be published in November 2008.
SSMB is a new free online quarterly Bulletin intended for all health professionals working in Southern Sudan or for those who are interested in the health situation there. The third issue covers the resuscitation of newborn babies, nutrition for people living with HIV, a report on the underlying causes of malnutrition in Twic county and news of reports and projects relevant to Southern Sudan.
We encourage you to print hard copies and distribute them to health professionals in South Sudan who do not have access to the internet or email. We welcome letters, articles, case histories and news items as well as suggestions for improving the Bulletin. Please send these to the Chief Editor, Dr Eluzai Abe Hakim at eluzai_hakim@yahoo.co.uk

The Danone International Prize for Nutrition
Danone Institute International, a not-for-profit organization, organizes the Danone International Prize for Nutrition every 2 years with the support of the French “Fondation Recherche Médicale”. Conceived to reward excellence, this Prize is given in the spirit of very distinguished prizes and recognizes individuals or teams that have developed novel concepts and advanced the frontiers of nutrition in either basic or applied research.
Laureates are chosen after an independent, international and consultative selection procedure that guarantees transparency and objectivity.
Laureates are awarded 120,000 Euro in recognition of research studies already published as well as to support future research.
The 7th edition of the Danone International Prize for Nutrition 2009 will be awarded to a single researcher or a research team, who developed a novel concept in nutrition and advanced the frontiers in nutrition, in one or several of the following fields :

  • The impact of human nutrition on identification, diagnosis, epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and/or treatment of related diseases
  • The impact of functional foods or food components improving health and well-being
  • Mechanisms involved in the above mentioned impacts, including research in genetic and molecular biology that shed light on the role of nutrition in human health
  • Cultural, behavioural, anthropological, social, psychological, economic and toxicological aspects of human nutrition

Research work can deal either with fundamental research that contributes to nutrition, clinical nutrition or applied public health policy and programs.
Individuals and teams, to be represented by an individual, must be currently active in research, be expected to continue a career of active nutrition research and be a leader in their field of activity.
Their primary employer must be a not-for-profit institution at the time of the award. Their work, related to the concept, must be published in the public domain.
The 2009 Danone International Prize for Nutrition will be awarded in Bangkok (Thaïland) on October 6th 2009, in conjunction with the 19th International Nutrition Congress.
Deadline for nominations: 15 November 2008
Please click on the link to download: The Leaflet of The Danone International Prize for Nutrition 2009 and The Nomination Form of The Danone International Prize for Nutrition 2009
For more information visit www.danoneinstitute.org/danone_institute_prize_for_nutrition 

Terms of Reference for the Thematic Window for Children, Food Security and Nutrition under the Spanish MDG achievements funds (MDG-F)
The Spanish MDG achievements funds (MDG-F), see www.undp.org/mdgf/children.shtml, aim is to accelerate progress towards the hunger target of MDG 1. The recently released Terms of Reference for the Thematic Window for Children, Food Security and Nutrition, not only acknowledges that "There has been increased attention lately to nutrition issues and programmes through renewed collaboration within the UN Standing committee on Nutrition..:" (p.5), but also uses an almost identical division of approaches as in the SCN Strategic Framework (integrated approaches; advocacy; assessment, monitoring and evaluation).
Over a 9 pages document, the TOR points to the multi-dimensional root causes of malnutrition for which rights-based approaches are needed. It takes a comprehensive view, emphasizing a broad range of issues such as national ownership, building on existing initiatives and processes, demand-driven and right-based support to the vulnerable and food insecure, safety nets, sustainable livelihoods, adequate feeding and care behaviours, exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life and locally appropriate complementary feeding, fortification or supplementation, legislation (e.g. marketing of breastmilk substitutes), support to mothers and communities to allow them to provide optimum care, monitoring of the impact of key development policies, specific strategies for HIV, ethnic minorities, socially excluded groups, refugees.
The total pot of the Spanish MDG Funds for all seven thematic areas is €528 million. Applications are called for that support countries to improve effective programs and interventions using synergy and coordination of relevant inter-sectoral policies and approaches, under the three outcome areas with a series specific goals and illustrative interventions at the country level. The list of eligible countries for these funds include 18 of the 36 Lancet countries, that in total account for about a third of the burden of stunting.
The full TOR is available from www.undp.org/mdgf/docs/AnnexBFinal-Draft-TOR-Children-Food-SecurityNutrition.pdf). 

World Food Prize 2008
Former U.S. Senators Robert Dole and George McGovern have been selected to receive the 2008 World Food Prize for their inspired, collaborative leadership that has encouraged a global commitment to school feeding and enhanced school attendance and nutrition for millions of the world’s poorest children, especially girls. Read the full press release here.
The World Food Prize is an international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world, having demonstrated exceptional achievement in any field involved in enhancing food production and distribution and increasing food availability and accessibility to those most in need. Previous laureates include former SCN Chair Catherine Bertini and former SCN Advisory Group on Nutrition member Dr Nevin Scrimshaw. See the full list of previous laureates here.
For more information about the World Food Prize, see www.worldfoodprize.org

Caught in the junk food trap
A new investigation by the global federation of consumer organizations has revealed the extensive lengths food and soft drink companies go to when marketing unhealthy products to children in Asia Pacific. The Consumers International (CI) report, The Junk Food Trap, reveals how major international brands such as Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, KFC, McDonald’s, PepsiCo and Nestlé are using a persuasive array of techniques to influence the food preferences of pre-teen and teenage consumers. From highly sophisticated Internet promotions, to the direct appeal of celebrity and cartoon character endorsements, The Junk Food Trap shows how these companies create intricate brand associations with popular children’s pastimes. CI argues that this marketing of unhealthy food is trapping children into a diet of food high in fat, sugar and salt. This is a major contributory factor to the soaring childhood overweight and obesity rates in the region.
In South East Asia alone, the percentage of children who are clinically overweight is expected to rise by 27.5% between 2005 and 2010. An increase rate that is faster than anywhere else in the world.
Consumers International argues that companies are taking advantage of poor national regulations to promote unhealthy foods in ways that they have pledged to end in some rich world nations. This is why the global consumer movement is calling for an international code for restricting the marketing of unhealthy food to children.
Read more about the report here
Consumers International (CI) is the only independent global campaigning voice for consumers. With over 220 member organizations in 115 countries, we are building a powerful international consumer movement to help protect and empower consumers everywhere. For more information, visit www.consumersinternational.org.
The CI Code: In March 2008, Consumers International launched Recommendations for an International Code on Marketing of Foods and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Children to tackle irresponsible promotions of unhealthy foods. The Code targets the marketing of energy dense, nutrient-poor foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt to children up to 16 years old. Its demands include:

  • · A ban on radio or TV adverts promoting unhealthy food between 06.00 and 21.00
  • · No marketing of unhealthy food using new media (such as websites, social networking sites and text messaging)
  • · No promotion of unhealthy food in schools
  • · No inclusion of free gifts, toys or collectible items which appeal to children to promote unhealthy foods
  • · No use of celebrities, cartoon characters, competitions or free gifts to market unhealthy food.

The full Code can be downloaded as a pdf here, or from the Junk Food Generation Campaign website at www.junkfoodgeneration.org

IASC Global Nutrition Cluster: Toolkit for Addressing Nutrition in Emergency Situations
This 87 page document provides the what, why, when, and how for 12 different nutrition interventions, including basic monitoring benchmarks and expected standards. It offers guidance and support for nutritionists and humanitarian workers to ensure that basic guidelines are followed and the basic nutritional needs of populations in emergencies are met. It is not intended to be an exhaustive resource for each intervention presented, but rather an overview for interventions to be considered with references and links to more detailed technical guidance for each issue.
The basic right to adequate food and nutrition is implicit in any emergency response and is reflected in humanitarian law. The purpose of this toolkit is to provide an easy reference tool for nutritional response during and after an emergency situation. The toolkit is intended as an easy-to-use field guide that outlines the key basic interventions for nutritional support to individuals and groups during an emergency situation. In most emergencies, we focus on two key aspects: risk assessment and risk management. This toolkit focuses on risk management. What it takes to ensure that emergency needs are met with tools and approaches representing the current thinking in nutrition. The toolkit does not provide information on measuring nutritional status, rapid assessments, needs assessments, early warning or evaluating interventions.
The document can be downloaded from the IASC Nutrition Cluster website.
Contact: Bruce Cogill, bcogill@unicef.org or Leah Richardson, lrichardcson@unicef.org

Human Rights Council has adopted the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
The Protocol will allow persons to petition an international human rights body about violations of rights guaranteed in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Adopted by the Human Rights Council on 18 June, the Protocol is expected to get the final approval by the United Nations General Assembly later this year. Thereafter, the Protocol will enter into force once it has been ratified by ten States. The new complaints mechanism will allow victims of human rights violations, such as violations of the right to health and the right to food, to address the United Nations if they were not able to obtain relief in their country.
Read press release with statements by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour.
See also www.fian.org and www.opicescr-coalition.org

New & Noteworthy in Nutrition Issue 2, June 2008 now available from http://www.prb.org/NewandNoteworthy.aspx

New website: NutVal - The planning, calculation and monitoring application for general food aid rations
As part of ongoing work on the NutVal spreadsheet application, NutVal.Net has been created to allow users to always access the latest version of the software, to facilitate feedback and bug reporting, and encourage suggestions for new features and modifications.
Website: www.nutval.net
User support email: support@nutval.net

Countdown to 2015 Conference 17-19 April, Cape Town
The mission of the Countdown to 2015 for maternal, newborn and child survival is to track progress made towards the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals 1, 4 and 5 in 68 Countdown priority countries and promote evidence-based information for better health investments and decisions by policy-makers regarding health needs at the county level.
The second Countdown to 2015 Conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 17-19 April 2008 in conjunction with the 118th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). One of the highlights of the Conference was the Countdown/IPU Special Session in which a delegation of IPU parliamentarians actively participated, together with 14 Ministers and country delegations from 61 out of 68 Countdown priority countries. The special session was an advocacy exercise to sensitize IPU parliamentarians and all participants to maternal, newborn and child survival and to have them take action in their countries to reach the goals for MDGs 1, 4 and 5.
Nutrition was among topics discussed at the Countdown to 2015 Conference, as reflected in a presentation by Dr Robert Black of John Hopkins University on the findings and key messages from the Lancet Nutrition Series (see full agenda with presentation material here) as well as in the final Statement of Commitment concerning maternal, newborn and child survival. This statement takes note that "adequate nutrition, and food security, water and sanitation should be a priority at all levels and in particular at the family level, given their strong relationship to overall health, productivity and ultimately to social and economic development". In "affirming that the achievement of the MDGs must be based on a strong commitment of all governments, organizations, and partners to protecting the human rights of women, children and adolescents", the Ministers, parliamentarians and all participants present at the Countdown to 2015 Conference committed themselves to "an intensive effort to:

  • Sustain and expand successful efforts to achieve high and equitable coverage of effective and high-impact interventions that save lives and improve the health of mothers and children, and thereby contribute to the fight against poverty;
  • Integrate efforts to address undernutrition with broader maternal and child health strategies;
  • Support initiatives to stop early marriage, early childbirth and harmful practices, to keep adolescent girls in schools and to promote good health-seeking behaviour among them;
  • Strengthen primary health care, linked to the achievement of measurable results;
  • Invest in strengthening health systems, including efforts to improve the quality, accessibility, affordability and coverage of essential health services, with a particular focus on priority periods within the continuum of care and strengthening links with interventions addressing HIV/AIDS;
  • Invest in infrastructure development and human resources in relation to ethical recruitment and training of health workers, particularly skilled attendants, at all levels, assuring a committed and motivated health workforce;
  • Allocate more resources to research, monitoring and evaluation for maternal, reproductive, newborn and child health, and strengthening use of data to guide implementation;
  • Address inequities in coverage of care among different geographic, socioeconomic, age and gender groups;
  • Hold governments, financing institutions and international organizations accountable for making adequate resources available to achieve MDGs 4 and 5, and other health-related MDGs;
  • Ensure predictable, long-term financing for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health which reflects countries' priorities and plans." Read the full statement in English (Statement of Commitment) or in French (Déclaration d'engagement)

Contact: The secretariat: Countdown to 2015 c/o The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health EMail: secretariat@countdown2015mnch.org  Website: www.countdown2015mnch.org 

Launching of vitamin A fortified oil in Burkina Faso
BBC and RFI telecasted on 9 June the launching of vitamin A fortified oil in Burkina Faso. Click on any of the two internet radio channels to listen to interviews with: The Vice President and Regional Director for Africa of HKI, the Minister of Health of Burkina Faso, the Country Director of HKI Burkina Faso, and the Deputy Director General of SUNEOR, Senegal.

Maternal & Child Nutrition: Special issue on Strategies and Interventions in Public Health Nutrition
Maternal & Child Nutrition, edited by Peter Aggett and Victoria Hall Moran, has, as one of its priorities, an awareness of the need to present nutrition in the context of the life trajectory and the external determinants that influence the delivery and efficicacy of nutrition, as they affect individuals and populations. The recent supplement Strategies and Interventions in Public Health Nutrition, guest editors Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Meera Shekar and Tahmeed Ahmed, supported by the Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative, exemplifies these principles as they apply to maternal and child undernutrition. The Supplement raises a number of issues of how proposed interventions and improvements in services can be implemented effectively. The Supplement emphasises that an integrated, intelligent, and sustainable health care system and civic structure is necessary if as well as curative services, effective preventative interventions can be implemented and promoted to support maternal and child nutrition. For a free online copy click here.

New website: The Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS) has set up its own website: www.fans-web.org.

New website: The International Health Partnership (www.internationalhealthpartnership.net)

The International Health Partnership was launched on September 5, 2007. It calls for all signatories to accelerate action in order to scale-up coverage and use of health services, and to deliver improved outcomes against the health- related MDGs while honoring commitments to improve universal access to health. Several other initiatives have also been launched with the common goal of accelerating the achievement of the health related MDGs in line with the 2005 Paris Declaration. The International Health Partnership and the related initiatives have created a coordination process and common work-plan known as the 'IHP+' (the International Health Partnership and related initiatives) in an effort to pool expertise and resources in order to take this work forward. The recently established website www.internationalhealthpartnership.net contains information about the IHP+, details of current health systems in IHP+ countries, documents and updates, news and an event calendar.

New website: CE-DAT Complex Emergency Monitor (www.cedat.be)
Access CE-DAT data through a map portal and a timeline tool including overview of the nature of mortality in complex emergencies. The April 2008 CE-DAT Scene newsletter introduces the new website tools.

New website: European Network on reducing marketing pressure on children (www.shdir.no/marketing)
The European Network on reducing marketing pressure on children consists of countries in the WHO European Region who want to work together to find ways to reduce the marketing pressure on children of energy-dense, micronutrient-poor foods and beverages. This website was established on 14 April 2008 in order to communicate information about activities and plans in the European Network on reducing marketing pressure on children. The report from the first meeting in the network can be downloaded here. The meeting took place in Oslo, Norway in January 2008.

Seeking Nominations for the 2009 Awardee of "The Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition"
The Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2004 to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward ending childhood hunger on an international scale. This prestigious Award is presented each year as the highlight of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation’s annual Gala, which is held in March in Washington, DC. Prior recipients of the prestigious Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award include: Gene White (2004), Senator George S. McGovern and Senator Robert J. Dole (2005), Dr. Josephine Martin (2006), Catherine Bertini (2007), Edward M. Cooney (2008). Any individual, private or public organization, governmental unit, or academic institution may submit a nomination for the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominations will be accepted until November 15, 2008. Candidates will be evaluated by a Selection Panel, utilizing specific and stated criteria, and the recipient of the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award will be confirmed by the Board of Directors of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. All nominations are confidential and the identity of the nominees and the nominating person or organization are kept in strict confidence. For further information on submitting a nomination: Please see www.gcnf.org or contact: Julie Curtis, Global Child Nutrition Foundation, 700 S. Washington St., Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703/253-2145; jcurtis@schoolnutrition.org

Copenhagen Consensus 2008 Challenge Paper on Hunger and Malnutrition
More than 55 international economists, including 5 Nobel Laureates, will assess more than 50 solutions and assemble a list of priorities for everyone involved in solving the world's biggest challenges. The aim of CC08 is to take stock of the world's biggest problems and the most promising solutions and provide informed input into the policy making process surrounding efforts to deal with these problems. CC08 will revisit issues from CC04, as well as take up new issues in the light of improved knowledge of the state of the world since 2004. CC08 will provide an in-depth assessment of the costs and benefits of solutions to some of the biggest challenges the world is facing today. The Copenhagen Consensus 2008 Challenge Paper on Hunger and Malnutrition, by Sue Horton, Harold Alderman and Juan A. Rivera (6 March 2008) is available from http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/Default.aspx?ID=965.

Module 2 on Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) (www.ennonline.net/ife)
This module for health and nutrition workers in emergency situations, has been updated by the Infant Feeding in Emergencies Core Group, translated for the first time into French and is now in print. The Nutrition Cluster supported the update and translation as part of ENN/IFE Core Groups' IFE activity in 2007. WHO funded the printing of 1200 copies. Print copies are now available from the ENN (free copies, post and packaging apply, negotiable for southern sector recipients and individuals). Contact: enn.office@gmail.com. Downloading: The complete module is 15.6MB. Both English and French versions can be viewed online and downloaded here.

New website: Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) www.ipcinfo.org 
The IPC is an innovative tool for improving food security analysis and decision-making that has been adopted in Somalia, Kenya, Sudan and Côte d’Ivoire. The IPC initiative has received broad-based support from national governments, international agencies, early warning units, and donors. The global effort to develop a common approach for food security analysis and response through the implementation of IPC is led by the IPC Global Partners: Care International, EC-JRC, FAO, FEWS NET, Oxfam GB, Save the Children UK and US, and WFP.
Features include:

  • IPC Maps
  • Technical Manual and Updates
  • Articles and Publications
  • Information about how the IPC is being developed
  • Training and Events
  • and much more....

Le site web sur l'IPC est en ligne! L'IPC est un instrument innovant pour améliorer l'analyse et la décision en matière de sécurité alimentaire. Les Partenaires IPC au niveau global sont Care International, le CCR-EC, la FAO, FEWS NET, le PAM, Oxfam GB, et Save the Children UK et US. L'IPC inclut :

  • Les cartes IPC
  • Le manuel technique et mises à jour
  • Des articles et publications
  • Des informations sur le développement technique de l'IPC
  • Les ateliers et événements
  • et plus encore…

See www.ipcinfo.org, contact: contact@ipcinfo.org

How to use the Voluntary Guidelines on the Right to Food to monitor public policies?
This manual which was published by FIAN International and Welthungerhilfe is one in a series of manuals on the human right to food . Other publications in this series are titled “How to use the Voluntary Guidelines on the right to food”, "Documenting violations of the right to adequate food”, “Access to land and the right to food, “Parallel Reporting before the UN CESCR”. The purpose of these publications is to invite civil society organizations to make use of the progress made for food as a human right in the decade after the World Food Summit 1996 – and to equip civil society and other actors with some tools to hold governments accountable.
English version available from www.fian.org/resources/documents/others/screen-state-action-against-hunger
Spanish version available from: www.fian.org/recursos/publicaciones/documentos/vigilando-la-accion-estatal-contra-el-hambre

A call for International Code on Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages to Children
March 15th 2008 was World Consumer Rights Day. The day was chosen by two international organizations concerned with children's health - Consumers International (CI) and the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) - to launch proposals to drastically restrict the scope and scale of the marketing of unhealthy food to children across the globe.
The coalition is calling for an International Code on Marketing of Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages to Children to be adopted by national governments and the food and advertising industries, as part of the World Health Organization's (WHO) strategy to tackle obesity and diet-related diseases. The Code, which its sponsors will be recommending to the World Health Assembly in May 2008, tackles the failures of the food industry to regulate itself. Adoption of the Code would be major step in helping to protect children, not only from advertising on television and radio but also from internet and satellite TV marketing which lie outside national jurisdictions.
'The proposal is aimed at protecting all children, whether or not their national governments have the capacity to regulate marketing of fatty and sugary foods,' said Dr Tim Lobstein of IOTF. 'There are currently over 150 million overweight children in the world and the figure is rising rapidly. Companies must change their selling practices or they may be forced to do so.'
Details of the proposed Code of Marketing can be found at www.iotf.org/IASOmarketingreleaseMarch1508.htm and http://www.consumersinternational.org/

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: SCN’S Working Group on Nutrition, Ethics and Human Rights announces publication of its new edited volume on Global Obligations for the Right to Food, exploring obligations regarding the right to food of the global community taken as a whole. A descriptive flyer is available at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~kent/GORFflyer.doc.  This new book is based in part on an earlier book, Freeedom from Want: The Human Right to Adequate Food, now available as a no-cost PDF file at http://press.georgetown.edu/pdfs/9781589010550.pdf

New website and URL for the Food and Nutrition Bulletin
The Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) has a new website and URL: www.foodandnutritionbulletin.org.
For a limited time, users can access the complete March 2008 issue online with free registration. Additionally, the site provides search capability of 28 years of FNB articles; issues from 1995-2008 are available for download as PDFs.
Please check back frequently: new features for contributors and readers will be added throughout the year.

Information sheets from the Nutrition Society
The Nutrition Society Interim Professional Body for Nutrition has updated its Information Sheets series which are particularly useful for nutritionists in low-income countries.
Sheet 1 lists low-cost print/hard copy newsletters and journals
Sheet 2 lists sources of low cost print materials.
Sheet 3 lists sources of CD-Roms with nutrition information
Sheet 4: lists E-mail list serves and on-line journals
Please visit www.nutritionsociety.org® Nutrition Profession ® Developing practice, or click on the link above.

The Lancet’s Nutrition Series
The papers are available from www.thelancet.com/collections/series/undernutrition with more articles and speeches from the launch at www.thelancet.com/online/focus/undernutrition.
A new website for nutrition was developed to support the launch of The Lancet’s Nutrition Series at - www.globalnutritionseries.org - which contain the advocacy material from the launch, an Executive Summary of the Series and other material.

Global Nutrition Cluster website
An updated Global Nutrition Cluster website is now online at the Humanitarian Reform Website. The website will serve as an information sharing portal as well as a document depository (ie: Global Nutrition Cluster meeting reports, working group minutes, Nutrition Cluster Tools, Cluster Guidance, 2008 Workplan etc).

Médecins Sans Frontières Malnutrition Symposium - Hanoi, 1 March 2008
Taking opportunity to bring together a number key players in the nutrition community ahead of the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition in Hanoi, Vietnam in March, the MSF held a Symposium entitled “Learning from recent successes and new approaches to bring down mortality/morbidity in malnourished children under three years old” with the aim to stimulate debate on how best to address acute malnutrition in young children.
Summaries of the sessions along with the speaker’s presentations are now available here.

FAO D-Group on Acting Locally in Food Security, Nutrition and Livelihoods
This tool has been developed to link field operators from different institutional backgrounds working on nutrition, food security and livelihoods issues, at province, district and/or community level. This virtual group of professionals will foster dialogue and exchange of information, as well as generate feedback into relevant policy work.
This initiative is of several similar processes, including documentation of best practices and the development of a "Who is doing What Where?" (3W) contact management directory.
To subscribe go to www.dgroups.org/groups/fao/FSNL or contact Chiara Deligia, FSNL Moderator, at chiara.deligia@fao.org

Two New E-learning Courses and Resources for Trainers: "Baseline Food Security Assessments" and "Availability Assessment and Analysis"
"Baseline Food Security Assessments" and "Availability Assessment and Analysis" are two new e-learning courses and resources for trainers which have been recently released by the EC-FAO Food Security Programme. Baseline Food Security Assessments describes the purpose and features of baseline assessments and how they differ from action-oriented assessments. It also provides guidance on selecting a baseline assessment method depending on context and on incorporating historical trends into food security assessments. "Availability Assessment and Analysis" introduces the most commonly used methods for assessing food availability at regional, national and local levels. It also provides examples and criteria for selecting appropriate availability indicators.
Other available courses include: Food Security Information Systems and Networks, Reporting Food Security Information, Livelihoods Assessment and Analysis, and Nutritional Status Assessment and Analysis.
To access the e-learning courses on-line, go to: www.foodsec.org/DL/dlcourselist_en.asp 
To download the resources for trainers, go to: www.foodsec.org/tr_res.htm 
If you have problems with on-line access, order a CD-Rom at:
Availability Assessment and Analysis: www.foodsec.org/DL/dlorder_en.asp?modulecode=FA&modulelang=en 
Baseline Food Security Assessments: www.foodsec.org/DL/dlorder_en.asp?modulecode=FB&modulelang=en 

Low Input Food and Nutrition Manual: Growing and Eating More Using Less
Manual on nutrition and sustainable agriculture (especially Permaculture) available for Non-Profit use only from www.neverendingfood.org/?page_id=92.
Users are encouraged to send their feedback, suggestions, ideas and comments on how it can be improved to nordin@eomw.net.

New WHO Growth Reference data for children and adolescents 5-19 years
WHO has recently published growth reference data for children and adolescents, 5-19 years (or 61-228 months). The WHO Reference 2007 is a reconstruction of the 1977 National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)/WHO reference. It uses the original NCHS data set supplemented with data from the WHO child growth standards sample for under-fives. The same statistical methodology was used as in the construction of the WHO standards. This reference complements the WHO child growth standards for 0-60 months published in April 2006 (WHO Child Growth Standards). Read more here (http://www.who.int/growthref/en/).
Reference charts and tables by indicator:

Global Food Security and Nutrition Forum (FSN Forum)
The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) of FAO invites you to participate in the FSN Forum. The purpose of this Forum is to provide an online platform where practitioners can share their experiences and resources, provide peer coaching and support and find collective solutions to issues related to Food Security and Nutrition (FS&N), with a focus on FS&N Policies and Strategies. Discussions will take place on the Forum’s mailing list and directly on the Forum’s website http://km.fao.org/fsn/. The Web site is also an important pool of relevant resources and information on FSN. The forum is public. Joining the forum is free, voluntary and open to anyone interested in contributing advice, experience and expertise for use by others, or for adapting others’ advice, experience and expertise for their own use.
The forum was launched on 16th October 2007 with an e-discussion on “Promoting food security and nutrition information for improved decision making and response”, facilitated by Mark Smulders, Coordinator of the FAO-FIVIMS Programme.
To become a member of this community, please register on the Forum’s Web site. If you need more information please contact Ms. Huyen Tran, Forum Moderator at huyen.tran@fao.org or fsn-moderator@fao.org