Nick Nisbett and Dolf te Lintelo from the Institute of Development Studies write in the Guardian about the need for the sustainable development goals to reflect the complex causes of malnutrition in order to tackle one of the world’s foremost health challenges.
By Stuart Gillespie, Purnima Menon and Andrew Kennedy
This blog is based on an article recently published in the ‘Global Nutrition Report 2015’.
Despite relative consensus on actions to improve nutrition globally, less is known on how to operationalize the right mix of actions – nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive – equitably, at scale, in different contexts. How to “put it all together” to maximize sustained impact?
In a recent review by the Transform Nutrition consortium of approaches to scaling up impact on nutrition, a number of elements repeatedly emerged as key factors. First, the start point for most successful large-scale programs (e.g. Progresa-Opportunidades in Mexico, Alive and Thrive in Bangladesh) was a discussion and ultimately a shared vision of what large-scale impact actually looks like — and not on any intervention per se. [Read more…]
Purnima Menon, Senior researcher at IFPRI and Transform Nutrition blogs with her reflections from the Harvard Ministerial Leadership in Health Program
Earlier this summer, I was asked to speak about nutrition at the Harvard Ministerial Leadership in Health program in Boston, Massachusetts.This program is a joint initiative of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School in association with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the GE Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. It was launched in 2012 and has seen participation from 56 ministers from 40 countries to date. [Read more…]
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Media coverage mentioning Transform Nutrition from our ‘Together for Nutrition’ conference in Addis Ababa in June includes:
Transform Nutrition joined forces in October 2014 with the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health program of the CGIAR to release a call for “ideas notes” on a range of themes for four countries in eastern Africa: Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. These outline proposals were for studies of up to 24 months duration which will add to the evidence base on nutrition-relevant policy and action in Eastern Africa. [Read more…]
In recent years there has been a major upswing in attention to nutrition. No longer in the shadows of development discourse, nutrition is now front and center. Investment in nutrition (from donors, international organizations, and governments themselves) is growing, action plans are being developed, and research undertaken.
ICDDR,B research fellow Dr Mohd Anisul Karim spoke at this year’s TEDxDhaka. He spoke for 15 minutes on ‘The butterfly effect of small changes: lessons from Bangladesh and beyond’ in which Transform Nutrition research and the importance of education in making good choices around healthcare and nutrition were highlighted. He said of the experience “it was an absolute pleasure, with truly riveting and inspiring speakers from not just Bangladesh, but around the globe.” Youtube video of the talk available here.