Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA) has held its third Advanced Nutrition Programme (CANUP), a training course on maternal and paediatric nutrition for healthcare professionals in Anglophone Central and West Africa.
The training, whictook place between 18 and 21 May in Ibadan, Nigeria, focused on the importance of the first 1,000 days of life, from conception to the child’s second birthday.
Speaking at the event, Dharnesh Gordhon, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Nestlé Nigeria PLC, said, “Getting the right nutrition during these critical first 1,000 days is crucial for healthy growth and development in terms of immunity and cognitive function. The right feeding practices in early childhood also support the establishment of healthy eating habits, starting with exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life”.
CANUP is organised in collaboration with the Department of Paediatrics, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria; the Paediatric Association of Nigeria; the Paediatric Society of Ghana; the Nutrition Society of Nigeria; the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone and NNIA. 49 healthcare professionals from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Liberia are participating in this edition.
The opening ceremony was presided by the Commissioner for Health, Oyo, Muyiwa Gbadegesin who emphasised the importance of good nutrition for both the mother and infant in the first 1,000 days of life. He also praised Nestlé for its commitments to research and to the responsible marketing of breast-milk substitutes.
Dr Gbadegesin underlined “the remarkable and fruitful partnership between the Federal Ministry of Health and Nestlé Nigeria, as part of the implementation of activities aimed at improving the health and nutrition of mothers and their children and to fight against diseases in Nigeria”.
“Nestlé is committed to supporting natural and medical sciences, by encouraging continuous education on maternal, infant and young child nutrition and health”, added Mr Gordhon.