19 September 2013

Introducing the 14 Nominees for the 2013 Nutrition Champions Awards

A while ago I mentioned that the Transform Nutrition Research Consortium, in support of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, invited nominations for unsung Nutrition Champions.

Nutrition requires coordinated action across different sectors and from national to community levels and strong leadership is essential to effectiveness.  Yet we rarely recognise and celebrate that leadership.  This award aims to begin changing that.

The Nutrition Champions call led to the nomination of 56 eligible candidates (full list available on the Transform Nutrition website).

Fourteen were shortlisted by the review panel (7 from Africa, 5 from Asia and 2 from Central America).  Their remarkable stories can be found here.

The 3 selected champions will be announced at the Scaling Up Nutrition Global Gathering meetings at the UN General Assembly in New York next week. 

Each nomination was reviewed based on:

1. The extent to which their achievements and actions have helped accelerate reductions in undernutrition, either directly or indirectly.

2. The degree to which their achievements and actions have transformed thinking or action e.g. changed the degree and type of attention to undernutrition, changed public attitudes, institutional structures, or policy-relevant decisions that may have been associated with high levels of undernutrition in the past.

3. The sustainability of their achievements – or their likely durability -- in terms of longevity, legacy and impact.

The panellists were:

Shams El Arifeen, Director of the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health ICDDR,B Bangladesh and Transform Nutrition Research Director
Bibi Giyose, Senior Food& Nutrition Security Advisor, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
Anna Lartey, Director of Nutrition at FAO and IUNS president
Ellen Piwoz, Interim Deputy Director, Nutrition Lead for the nutrition team in the Family Health division of Global Health Program. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (and Transform Nutrition Consortium Advisory Group member)
Emorn Wasantwisut, Senior Advisor, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand

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