Co-Organized by the National Information Platform for Nutrition (NIPN), the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) & the GIZ
Thursday January 26, 2023 from 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM Addis Ababa Time
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Meeting ID: 946 1031 4220
Adolescence is a golden period of optimal growth and development that requires maximum nutrients and energy. During this period, adolescents have essential physical and psychological needs. Anemia is a global public health problem affecting adolescents in general and especially adolescent girls, women of childbearing age, pregnant women, and children in developed and developing countries. A high rate of iron deficiency anaemia is reported among adolescents around the globe. Ethiopia is a developing country that still has high stunting and anaemia problems that affect the overall productivity, education, and economic growth of the country.
During adolescence, rapid growth may serve as a window of opportunity for compensating for early childhood growth failure, although the potential for significant catch-up is limited. And thus, anaemia has a serious negative impact on growth and development during adolescence. There is, however, a great disparity between rural and urban areas as well as in school-going and non-school-going adolescents. Iron deficiency anaemia differs between genders. Adolescent girls are the most vulnerable to iron deficiency due to an accelerated increase in requirements for iron, poor dietary intake of iron, menstrual losses, infection, the norm of early marriage, and adolescent pregnancy. It was also observed that socio-economic status determined the occurrence of anaemia among adolescents.
Therefore, this webinar will highlight the importance of adolescent nutrition on anaemia. Dr. Kesso Gabrielle van Zutphen, who is the knowledge and research manager for Sight and Life at Wageningen University and Research, will give a detailed briefing about the relationship between adolescent nutrition and anaemia. In addition, experts in Ethiopia will also share their views from the Ethiopian context.
The audience will have an opportunity to interact with the speakers during the Q&A session.
Introduction: Dr. Aregash Samuel, NIPN Ethiopia National Coordinator, Senior Researcher at the Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate, EPHI
Moderator: Dr. Masresha Tessema, Director for the Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate, EPHI
Speaker: Dr. Kesso Gabrielle van Zutphen, who is a knowledge and research manager for Sight and Life at Wageningen University and Research.
Panelist 1: Dr. Sisay Sinamo, Senior Program Manager, Seqota Declaration, Federal Program Delivery Unit, MOH, Ethiopia
Panelist 2: Dr. Abdulaziz Adish, Nutrition International, Deputy Regional Director and Nutrition Advisor, Africa
*Please note this event may be recorded.