02 March 2012

IDS Summer School July 23-27: Transforming Nutrition

Sorry for the plug for this Transforming Nutrition Ideas, Policies and Outcomes), with good colleagues Stuart Gillespie and Purnima Menon (IFPRI), Shams Arifeen (ICDDRB) and Romulo Paes de Sousa (departing Vice Minister, Ministry for Social Development and the Fight Against Hunger, Government of Brazil) plus 3-4 special guest speakers.
It's not cheap at £2500 for the 5 days, but it will be great value for money. Please tell your friends and colleagues. We are expecting between 25-40 participants.

To apply contact us at: nutrition2012@ids.ac.uk
Globally, 180 million infants and young children bear the scars of undernutrition. The visible manifestations are profound: ranging from a failure to grow, to frequent illness, to death. The invisible effects of undernutrition are also devastating and are irreversible if not addressed before the age of 2: brain damage, cognitive impairment, lower productivity in later life and a greater likelihood of succumbing to diet related chronic disease in middle age.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course participants will be better able to contribute to accelerating undernutrition reduction in their sphere of influence by a greater appreciation of:
  • The differences between undernutrition, malnutrition, food insecurity, hunger and hidden hunger
  • The distribution of undernutrition
  • The causes of undernutrition
  • The consequences of undernutrition
  • What works in addressing undernutrition at the immediate, underlying and basic levels and why
  • How to assess what works and why
  • How to contribute to creating an enabling environment for undernutrition reduction
Module 1: The nature of the problem (Day 1 and 2)
  • The differences between undernutrition, malnutrition, food insecurity, hunger and hidden hunger and how they are measured
  • The distribution of undernutrition: geographically, by age and gender, income group and ethnicity
  • The causes of undernutrition: immediate, underlying and fundamental
  • The consequences of undernutrition: on mortality, morbidity, productivity and poverty
Module 2: Knowing what to do about undernutrition and getting it done (Days 3 and 4)
What works in addressing undernutrition at the following levels:
  • immediate: direct interventions aimed at improving the quality of diet and reducing infections
  • underlying: indirect interventions aimed at making agriculture, social protection, women's status, sanitation and health systems more pro-nutrition
  • basic: making economic growth, poverty reduction and the policy process more nutrition sensitive
How to assess what works and why
  • review of experimental and non experimental techniques used in evaluating nutrition relevant interventions
  • theories of change and indicators
Module 3: Knowing how to move nutrition up the development agenda (Days 4 and 5)
  • The politics of undernutrition reduction and how to politicise undernutrition
  • How to increase accountability for undernutrition reduction
  • How to build financial and human resources for undernutrition reduction
  • How to get knowledge about what works to be used and applied
Who is the course relevant for?
The course is relevant for policy shapers, policymakers and practitioners who want to accelerate and intensify their own efforts to reduce undernutrition and to recruit others to do so.

Participants will come from governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, national and international NGOs, national and international media organisations and national and international think tanks.

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