Basanta Kar, Transform Nutrition Champion, receives Odisha award

We were delighted that one of our 2016 Transform Nutrition Champions, Basanta Kumar Kar was recently awarded an Odisha Living Legend Award  for excellence in public policy. This is in recognition of his tireless  work on nutrition in South Asia.

Basanta said of his award “It is very satisfying to receive this award in Odisha where I am rooted. This is the state where I experienced multiple deprivations and developed the courage and conviction to overcome these challenges. It is also where I formed my passion for helping people to make changes in their lives.  I am confident that Odisha, endowed with rich human and natural resources, can move out of the clutches of a undernutrition and emerge as a talent state; a global nutrition pioneer”.

Transform Nutrition Champions spokespeople training

In March all 10 Transform Nutrition 2016 Champions were offered media and advocacy training by Save the Children. We were delighted that five were able to make it to London to take part. They joined around 10 key Save the Children international personnel and took part in an intensive 3-day training programme, during which they heard  from expert media trainers and were given a chance to share their own examples of good practice. [Read more...]

Why we need Champions of Change for nutrition

By Mr. Basanta Kumar Kar Transform Nutrition Champion, South Asia

  • We need more political will and government departments focused on nutrition.
  • Our governments should act and make a pledge at Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit at Rio in August’16.
  • We the ambassadors have to act today to influence the thinking and actions of policy makers and political leaders.

These were the main messages from a Nutrition for Growth (N4G) spokespeople training in London that I attended as a Transform Nutrition Champion from South Asia in March this year. [Read more...]

Nutrition advocacy training

Blog by Christine Muyama and Manaan Mumma

As Transform Nutrition champions 2016, we got an opportunity to participate in the Nutrition for Growth spokespeople training held in London from 14th- 16th March 2016. The training was conducted with the aim of identifying, collecting, and utilising compelling nutrition evidence and narratives to support our Nutrition advocacy work and to maximise the opportunity of the Nutrition for Growth summit as to secure political and financial nutrition commitments from our advocacy targets. It also focused on nutrition advocacy with a special emphasis on how to galvanize public support and influence decision makers around nutrition priorities. [Read more...]

2016 Transform Nutrition Champions announced

After a world-wide call for nominations, Transform Nutrition are delighted to announce the 2016 Transform Nutrition Champions.

Following interviews, the stories of all 10 champions are being written up and will be available soon. We are also working with Save the Children on assessing their training needs and involving them in some of the big nutrition events taking place this year.

Our 10 champions:

  • Basanta Kumar Kar, Bangladesh/ India
  • Christine Muyama, Uganda
  • Christopher Dube, Zambia
  • Debjeet Sarangi, India
  • Frealem Shibabaw, Ethiopia
  • Manaan Mumma, Kenya
  • Neerja Chowdhury, India
  • San San Myint, Myanmar
  • V. Ramani, India
  • William Chilufya, Zambia


Nominations invited for Nutrition Champions 2015

Do you know anyone who has transformed thinking and action on nutrition?

The Transform Nutrition Research Programme Consortium in partnership with Save the Children are inviting nominations to recognise any individual who has had significant success in transforming thinking or action on nutrition. Following a first round of Nutrition Champions in 2013, we are looking for more individuals from countries with a high burden of undernutrition, who are innovating or influencing and whose work has started to make a real difference in their locality in recent years for improved nutrition. [Read more...]

2013 Nutrition Champion Award winners

Three individuals have been recognized for their transformative efforts to improve nutrition, health and opportunities for women and children at the SUN Global Gathering in New York this week. These 2013 Transform Nutrition Champion Award honorees, hailing from Guatemala, Kenya and Senegal, represent the breadth of action and investment that has helped to raise nutrition on the global agenda and drive progress in nations around the globe.

Who are they?

Shortlist for 2013 Nutrition Champion Awards

In the week leading up to the SUN global gathering in New York, Transform Nutrition have announced the 14 shortlisted candidates for the 2013 Nutrition Champion Awards. Find out about all the candidates and the process here

Read Lawrence Haddad’s blog about the initiative here