Thursday, August 02, 2012
Based on the model of NNI Advanced Pediatric Nutrition Course, the 1st African
Pediatric Nutrition Course (CANUP) has been held in Cameroon (Limbé) from April
25th-28th, 2011, under the patronage of APANF (African Association of
Francophone Pediatricians) and SOCAPED (Cameroonian Society of Pediatrics), host
of the course.
CANUP targeted 41 future opinion leaders in pediatric nutrition, coming from
francophone countries of Central & West Africa, and francophone countries of our
sister region EAR (Equatorial Africa Region): Congo (1), Democratic Congo (3),
Chad (1), Gabon (5), Centrafrica (1), Burkina Faso (2), Mali (2), Guinea (1),
Senegal (3) and Cameroon (22). Although adapted from NNI international Advanced
Pediatric Nutrition Course, scientific topics of CANUP have been tailored to
African insight and needs in area of infant feeding issues and nutrition
Participants gave the CANUP a high assessment of 16.16 / 20 for overall
evaluation, all pointing out its uniqueness, share of experience with other
countries and its strong science-based approach vs other industry players who
are mainly showing commercial attitude.Course was lectured by leading
pediatricians, recognized as expert in infant nutrition and influential members
of pediatric associations in Central & West Africa. Two NNI rising stars which
participated to 2010 Course in Montreux played a key role as members of
scientific secretary, under the supervision of Prof Sall Guelaye, NNIA Board
member and director of the course.
the participants were generally satisfied including the speakers, since this is
the first ever initiative in CWAR. Many hot topics on nutrition were discussed.
Practical working groups and in-depth discussion on key local topics in Infant
Nutrition provided opportunities for sharing experience and receiving
recommendations from the experts. Final report mentions the need to include
nutrition education in all government policies, and to pursue efforts of
education on breastfeeding, probiotics, WHO growth curves, double burden of
malnutrition-obesity. The presence of Dr Ricardo Pfister (Cantonal Hospital of
Geneva) specialist in premature feeding was very well appreciated.
most of the speakers are policy influencers in their various countries, this NNI
course will have a positive impact on our image, since all topics had common
objective to challenge MDG No 4 (Reduction of infant mortality). Interactions
between our team and various KOLs will also contribute to nurture CWAR nutrition
stakeholders network and sustain NNIA positioning in key area (unsuitable
breastmilk substitutes & inappropriate foods, impact of early nutrition in long
term health and development – SHSH etc…)
addition to sharing information on Nutrition, the course also provided an
interactive platform combined with pleasure through team building activities by
visiting the historic botanic garden of Limbé and its zoo.
CANUP 2011 has demonstrated that NNI is the leading authority in terms of
nutrition education. In a annual frequency we will ensure future opinion leaders
are be well equipped to contribute to advancement of nutrition science in their
market and also increase NNI ambassadors network through expansion of acquired
knowledge within medical community in the market place. A similar course will be
held this year for CWAR Anglophone countries.
Rendez vous l`année prochaine au Sénégal pour le CANUP 2012!!!