Building systemic capacity for Nutrition: Training towards a professionalised workforce for Africa.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/615536
Title:
Building systemic capacity for Nutrition: Training towards a professionalised workforce for Africa.
Authors:
Ellahi, Basma; Annan, Reginald; Sarkar, Swrajit; Amuna, Paul; Jackson, Alan A.
Abstract:
The fundamental role played by good nutrition in enabling personal, social and economic development is now widely recognised as presenting a fundamental global challenge that has to be addressed if major national and international problems are to be resolved in the coming decades. The recent focus provided by the Millennium Development Goals and the Scaling-Up-Nutrition (SUN) Movement has been towards reducing the extent of nutrition-related malnutrition in high burden countries. This has served to emphasise that there is a problem of inadequate professional capacity in nutrition that is sufficiently widespread to severely limit all attempts at the effective delivery and sustainability of nutrition-related and nutrition-enabling interventions that have impact at scale. Many high burden countries are in sub-Saharan Africa where there is a high dependency on external technical support to address nutrition-related problems. We have sought to explore the nature and magnitude of the capacity needs with a particular focus on achieving levels of competency within standardised professional pre-service training which is fit for purpose to meet the objectives within the Scaling-Up-Nutrition movement in Africa. We review our experience of engaging with stakeholders through workshops and a gap analysis of the extent of the problem to be addressed, and a review of current efforts in Africa. We conclude that there are high aspirations but severely limited human resource and capacity for training that is fit-for-purpose at all skill levels in nutrition-related subjects in Africa. There are no structured or collaborative plans within professional groups to address the wide gap between what is currently available, the ongoing needs and the future expectations for meeting local technical and professional capability. Programmatic initiatives encouraged by agencies and other external players, will need to be matched by improved local capabilities to address the serious efforts required to meet the needs for sustained improvements related to Scaling-Up-Nutrition in high burden countries. Importantly, there are pockets of effort which need to be encouraged within a context in which experience can be shared and mutual support provided.
Affiliation:
University of Chester; University of Kumasi; University of Central Lancashire; University of Greenwich; University of Southampton
Citation:
Ellahi, B., Annan, R., Sarkar, S., Amuna, P., & Jackson, A. (2015). Building systemic capacity for Nutrition: Training towards a professionalised workforce for Africa. Proceedings of Nutrition Society, 74(4), 496–504. DOI:
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
Proceedings of Nutrition Society
Publication Date:
15-Jun-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/615536
DOI:
10.1017/S0029665115002062
Additional Links:
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PNS
Type:
Article; Working Paper
Language:
en
EISSN:
1475-2719
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorEllahi, Basmaen
dc.contributor.authorAnnan, Reginalden
dc.contributor.authorSarkar, Swrajiten
dc.contributor.authorAmuna, Paulen
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Alan A.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-05T15:37:40Z-
dc.date.available2016-07-05T15:37:40Z-
dc.date.issued2015-06-15-
dc.identifier.citationEllahi, B., Annan, R., Sarkar, S., Amuna, P., & Jackson, A. (2015). Building systemic capacity for Nutrition: Training towards a professionalised workforce for Africa. Proceedings of Nutrition Society, 74(4), 496–504. DOI:en
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0029665115002062-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/615536-
dc.description.abstractThe fundamental role played by good nutrition in enabling personal, social and economic development is now widely recognised as presenting a fundamental global challenge that has to be addressed if major national and international problems are to be resolved in the coming decades. The recent focus provided by the Millennium Development Goals and the Scaling-Up-Nutrition (SUN) Movement has been towards reducing the extent of nutrition-related malnutrition in high burden countries. This has served to emphasise that there is a problem of inadequate professional capacity in nutrition that is sufficiently widespread to severely limit all attempts at the effective delivery and sustainability of nutrition-related and nutrition-enabling interventions that have impact at scale. Many high burden countries are in sub-Saharan Africa where there is a high dependency on external technical support to address nutrition-related problems. We have sought to explore the nature and magnitude of the capacity needs with a particular focus on achieving levels of competency within standardised professional pre-service training which is fit for purpose to meet the objectives within the Scaling-Up-Nutrition movement in Africa. We review our experience of engaging with stakeholders through workshops and a gap analysis of the extent of the problem to be addressed, and a review of current efforts in Africa. We conclude that there are high aspirations but severely limited human resource and capacity for training that is fit-for-purpose at all skill levels in nutrition-related subjects in Africa. There are no structured or collaborative plans within professional groups to address the wide gap between what is currently available, the ongoing needs and the future expectations for meeting local technical and professional capability. Programmatic initiatives encouraged by agencies and other external players, will need to be matched by improved local capabilities to address the serious efforts required to meet the needs for sustained improvements related to Scaling-Up-Nutrition in high burden countries. Importantly, there are pockets of effort which need to be encouraged within a context in which experience can be shared and mutual support provided.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PNSen
dc.subjectCapacity buildingen
dc.subjectNutritionen
dc.subjectAfricaen
dc.subjectProfessional competenceen
dc.subjectTrainingen
dc.titleBuilding systemic capacity for Nutrition: Training towards a professionalised workforce for Africa.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
dc.identifier.eissn1475-2719-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; University of Kumasi; University of Central Lancashire; University of Greenwich; University of Southamptonen
dc.identifier.journalProceedings of Nutrition Societyen
dc.date.accepted2015-04-01-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
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rioxxterms.identifier.projectUnfundeden
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2015-06-15-
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