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Help feed the world – new distance learning module launched

Child eating sweet potatoPost submitted by Dr Alan Dangour, who leads the team delivering the new Programming for Nutrition Outcomes distance learning module

Undernutrition is currently at the centre-stage of debates on international development.  A food and nutrition event hosted by the UK government in June 2013 will aim to coalesce actions and commitments to reduce global undernutrition building on successes of the Hunger Event hosted by the UK Prime Minister in August 2012.

Undernutrition represents an immense challenge to governments, international organisations, health workers and other stakeholders and requires coordination of efforts and financial resources as well as concerted global advocacy.  It is clear however, that there are severe nutrition training shortages in many countries; perhaps most critically in countries facing a high burden of undernutrition.

At the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine we are proud to offer world-class Master’s-level training in Nutrition for Global Health and many of our alumni hold senior nutrition positions around the world. But we are also acutely aware that face-to-face nutrition training based in London is not accessible for many people for whom it would be of great value.

For this reason and as part of the UK Government’s efforts to help build an effective global response to tackle undernutrition, we have developed a free open-access distance learning module called Programming for Nutrition Outcomes, supported by the UK Department for International Development.

The Master’s-level training module explores the complicated problem of undernutrition, highlights its multi-sectoral causes and identifies potential programmatic solutions. The module contains 17 sessions covering such topics as maternal and child nutrition, nutrition and infection, agriculture, climate change, and social protection for nutritional outcomes.

All sessions are now available and free to download for study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine website as an Open Educational Resource. Please note that these are self-study sessions and that no tutorial support is provided.

For further information please email .

Image: A small boy in Tanzania eats a cooked sweet potato. Credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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