Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Columbia University's Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) convened this meeting to explore ways to improve the effectiveness of current nutrition and food aid programming which target undernutrition in high-burden regions. At a time of rising food prices and food insecurity, the need to scale up efforts to prevent the deaths, illnesses and disabilities caused by malnutrition every year is even more urgent.
The meeting brought together leading experts, policy makers, and national and international implementers to examine the nutritional deficits of food aid and why current nutrition programs and recommended strategies have limited impact on undernutrition in food insecure populations.
Presentations and working groups explored successful strategies to address deficits in the complementary diets of children living in food insecure populations, including the role of food supplements, the composition and targeting of supplements, as well as complementary strategies to optimize nutritional outcomes.
Presentations & Working Groups
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
Alumni Auditorium, Columbia University, 168th Street Campus.
Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address
Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Developing Children in High-Burden Regions
Effective Nutrition Strategies for High-burden Regions
Nutrition and Food Aid Policy – Achieving Improved Outcomes
The afternoon session will consist of a high-level panel discussion on implementing policy reforms to reverse undernutrition in high-burden areas, and strategies to improve the effectiveness of international food aid and nutrition programs targeting undernutrition. This will include examination of the role of direct food-based interventions for successful nutrition programming in food-insecure areas.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University, 116th Street Campus.
Working Group 1
Reformulating food aid for improved nutrition
This session will explore ways to overcome barriers to change faced by implementers, national groups, funding agencies and multilateral organizations, including regional managers of programs. How can we ensure that international food aid targets the nutritional needs of young children, especially in high-burden countries? What will be the cost if we do nothing?
Working Group 2
Ready-to-use food supplements – scaling-up safely and effectively
With the development of lipid-based spreads for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition in resource-limited settings, there is interest in their use at early stages of malnutrition and to promote healthy growth and development in food insecure populations. This session will examine ways to optimize the safety and effectiveness of supplements in high-burden regions.
Working Group 3
RUF supplements – local production, quality assurance, distribution
This group will examine challenges in the scale-up of ready-to-use therapeutic and supplemental food (RUF), particularly how local and regional production models can be supported while still addressing product affordability, responsiveness of supply, as well as issues related to RUF patent rights.