FREE LIVE WEBINAR

COVID-19 vs Child Nutrition
Child nutrition services to  prevent malnutrition and protect children

Thursday 2 July 2020 1 - 2 pm 

About The Webinar

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in South Africa, wherein majority of children’s nutritional status is already compromised with 27%  (or one in three children) of them stunted (short-for their age) and 2.5% wasted (also known as acute malnutrition), it is important to include children in the list of vulnerable groups to COVID-19. Preventing malnutrition and provision of adequate treatment to those who are malnourished is critical to prevent unnecessary deaths.                                  
 
Join our live webcast as we discuss critical issues and the way forward for South Africa:

  • Strengthening the health system response for nutritional care to ensure the continuity of nutrition services, particularly the early detection of acute malnutrition, infant and young child feeding, as well as related maternal nutrition programmes.
  • Intensifying efforts on nutrition prevention  and treatment services to mitigate the impact of childhood undernutrition amid COVID-19. 
  • Role of the government, private sector, funders, community and civil society in mitigating the potential surge in child malnutrition.
  • Supporting and collaborating with various role players in scaling up efforts for nutrition programmes to prevent and mitigate the impact of malnutrition in children.
  • Interventions and measures during and post COVID-19 to protect vulnerable children who are at risk of malnutrition.

 
Your questions are welcome during the live webinar.

  • Dr Mariame Sylla

    Chief of Health, HIV/AIDS and Nutrition at UNICEF South Africa since March 2018. She has previously served in various capacities in UNICEF offices including Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, the Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Senegal and the organization’s New York Headquarters. Before joining UNICEF in 2002, she worked in Guinea as Medical Doctor and technical advisor at the Conakry City Health Directorate, and served as a Global health Fellow for the World Health Organization’s Global Programme on Evidence for Health Policy in Geneva, Switzerland. A national of Guinea, Mariame holds a Medical Degree from the University of Conakry and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

  • Prof Lesley Bamford
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    Specialist in the Child and Youth Health Directorate in the National Department of Health, Ministry of Health and is also an honarory professor in the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria. She is a paediatrician, and holds an honours degree in African studies and a doctorate in public health. Her work concentrates on improving child health service delivery at community, primary health care and district hospital levels.

  • Lenore Spies

    Senior Technical Advisor: Nutrition, Child Health and PMTCT, Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health (MatCH) Institute
    has a 30-year long service history with the Department of Health in various capacities. Lenore was the Director of the Integrated Nutrition Programme in KwaZulu-Natal and led the largest Nutrition Team in South Africa and maybe even in Africa. Under Lenore’s leadership, the Department of KwaZuluNatal, led the way to the policy decision to stop the distribution of free infant formula and to align with the WHO guidelines for breastfeeding in the context of South Africa better known as the Tshwane Declaration.

  • Gushwell Brooks

    Gushwell has been working within media, civil society, faith based organisations and independent State National Human Rights Institutions since 2011, all toward social justice. He  has worked with refugees and asylum seekers, the homeless, on gender rights, the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex as well as other Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTI and GNC) persons. Underpinning this work, he has heavily depended on his legal training as a law graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand as Human Rights and Constitutional law has been a mainstay of much of his career. He  has written and spoken extensively on all of these fundamental human concerns on traditional media platforms such as his ongoing radio show with 702,  via print and online media such as The Daily Maverick, Mail and Guardian and City Press.

  • About UNICEF

    Established in 1946, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child. Together with its partners, UNICEF translates the commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. With the onset of democracy in 1994, UNICEF opened its office in Pretoria and continues its work towards bettering the lives of all children in South Africa, specifically in the fields of education, health and child protection.  The Country Office engages with a range of partners in government, civil society, academia and various other sectors to create a safer and healthier environment for every child. Through the support of both individual and corporate donors, UNICEF is able to undertake its work, both globally and in South Africa.
    https://www.unicef.org/southafrica/

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  • Dr Mariame Sylla

    Chief of Health, HIV/AIDS and Nutrition at UNICEF South Africa

  • Prof. Lesley Bamford

    Specialist in the Child and Youth Health Directorate in the National Department of Health, Ministry of Health

  • Lenore Spies

    Senior Technical Advisor: Nutrition, Child Health and PMTCT, Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health (MatCH) Institute

  • Gushwell Brooks

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