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Do you have a disruptive solution in nutrition assessment? 

The Elevator Pitch Contest hosted by Sight and Life is a competition amongst innovators to identify and support projects that have a high potential to be implemented and produce a meaningful impact in nutrition assessment. The 2nd edition of the Elevator Pitch Contest seeks disruptive ideas that will change the current way nutrition is measured. Whether a cutting-edge product, service, technology, or application the innovation needs to advance and improve the existing approaches to nutrition assessment.

Why Nutrition Assessment?

Nutritional deficiencies are major public health concerns in many low- and middle-income countries, but accurate and actionable information on their status in populations is often lacking due to high costs and logistical challenges associated with assessing nutritional status. Accurate, user-friendly, and low-cost analytical tools are needed to allow large-scale population surveys on nutritional status. We are striving to improve the assessment and evaluation of a persons nutritional status.

Prizes Awarded

Finalist will win a trip (round trip flight and accommodations) to Boston to participate in the American Society for Nutrition’s ‘Nutrition 2018’ and pitch their idea to a panel of experts and potential investors. Winners will receive a cash award of up to $2,000 USD.

How to Enter

Find out the details and requirements by visiting elevator-pitch-contest.org. Be sure to submit your idea by January 31, 2018. 

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Sight and Life has committed to match up to $50,000 from members and friends of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) in order to create an endowment for the Inaugural Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award. The goal is a total fund of $100,000, which will allow the award to be bestowed in perpetuity.

Dr. Scrimshaw led an extraordinary career dedicated to the alleviation of hunger and malnutrition with work that substantially improved the lives of millions of people around the globe. This new award aims to annually pay tribute to Dr. Scrimshaw’s invaluable contributions while recognizing those who are following in his footsteps. Each year, a mid-career professional who is doing innovative work to advance the global nutrition field will be awarded this prestigious honor.
 
A total of $50,000 from the ASN membership is required to permanently endow the Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award. Please join us in our support and consider making a contribution to this effort through the following mechanisms:

Donate online (Be sure to check off the Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award Endowment Fund!) or print and send a contribution form through ASN. Thank you for your consideration. 

In addition, please join us in Boston form June 9-112, 2018 for Nutrition 2018 where the inaugural Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award will be awarded. Sight and Life will also be hosting the 2nd Elevator Pitch Contest, to find our more visit elevator-pitch-contest.org.

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On the evening of November 8, Sight and Life proudly announced two winners of the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award at the SUN Global Gathering in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Dr Shilpa Bhatte and Dr Ellen Piwoz were recognized as great leaders in the nutrition field who have a vision of an improved world and inspiring others to do the same.

2017 Sight Life Nutrition Leadership Award

“There are many types of leadership. Here at Sight and Life we back leaders who are agents for change, who role up their sleeves and work hard to accomplish their vision, and who serve as role models for the next generation. Shilpa Bhatte and Ellen Piwoz embody these traits and have transformed systems in order to improve nutrition at the national and global level.” Klaus Kraemer, Sight and Life Managing Director.

Shilpa Bhatte of Vitamin Angels receives the 2017 Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership AwardBhatte is a medical doctor and a public health physician with more than 10 years experience of working in the maternal and child health sector in India. She has been part of the emergency obstetric care program (EmOC) of Govt of India, technical team of Operation Eyesight & Child Eye Care Charitable Trust in slum communities of Mumbai and currently heads Vitamin Angels in India as Senior Program Advisor. Over last 7 years under her leadership, Vitamin Angels, a platform providing lifesaving vitamins to mothers and children at risk of malnutrition in India, Bhatte’s efforts have successfully reached 12 million children under five with vitamin A supplementation and deworming interventions through a local network of 400+ NGOs. 

“This world has too much or too little of everything – we have to strive towards attaining a better balance!” states Bhatte.

In addition, she has also been able to support at least 6 state governments in India, with technical information and training, which has helped them to adopt using the vitamin A capsules as a more scientific and globally acceptable form of providing vitamin A to children under five.

Ellen Piwoz of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation receives the 2017 Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership AwardPiwoz is an alumnus of both Duke University and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she has held adjunct faculty appointments as well. An expert in the field of nutrition, breast-feeding and HIV prevention, she has been published in an over 46 peer reviewed journal articles, 18 books and monographs, and 4 chapters. During her career she has taken on impactful roles as senior advisor on nutrition advising the Africa Bureau Office of Sustainable Development at USAID, and co-investigator on numerous clinical trials and behavioral studies on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

In 2007, she joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and currently leads the Nutrition Strategy Data, Analytics, and Evidence Initiative. Her work has lead her to shape and manage a diverse portfolio of grants including research on healthy birth, growth, and development and new intervention development; testing new delivery models for improving maternal nutrition, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding at scale through successful programs such as Alive & Thrive.

“I’m honored to receive this award alongside such a diverse group of leaders. I’m incredibly proud of the collective progress made, in my 35 years of work on this issue, and I am looking forward to working together until every woman and child, in every country, has the nutrition they need to live healthy, productive lives.” Piwoz shared.

Bhatte and Piwoz join an inspiring group of past recipients of The Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award such as Dr David Nabarro, Dr Robert Black, Dr Anna Lartey, and Dr Shawn Baker. Congratulations to two very deserving leaders in nutrition diligently working to change the face of nutrition for the better.

Watch the complete Scaling Up Nutrition Awards Ceremony during the SUN Global Gathering in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire here

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Royal DSM, a global science company active in health and nutrition, UN children’s agency UNICEF, and Swiss-based humanitarian nutrition think tank Sight and Life announced a new partnership to deliver better nutrition to at-risk children and mothers in Nigeria. The partners will also advocate on a global scale for micronutrient supplementation.

(From left to right) UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, Royal Dutch DSM Chief Executive Officer Feike Sijbesma, and Sight and Life Foundation board member Fokko Wientjes smile after signing an agreement to renew their partnership, following a bilateral meeting between UNICEF and Royal Dutch DSM at UNICEF House in New York City.

Guided by the Sustainable Development Goal’s target of ending hunger and improving nutrition everywhere, the partnership will focus on reaching mothers and children with nutrition interventions during the crucial first 1,000 days of children’s lives, from conception to age 2. Good nutrition during this period plays a vital role in supporting children’s physical and cognitive development with lifelong benefits.

Less than 20% of children in Nigeria are fed diets that meet the minimum adequacy for health growth and development and nearly 40% of children under 5 have stunted growth, a condition caused by malnutrition.

“Good nutrition is a human right. DSM is proud to partner once again with UNICEF and Sight and Life to improve nutrition in Nigeria and across Africa, especially for vulnerable populations like women and children. It is an important step toward achieving a world without hunger and a world in which people everywhere can reach their full potential,” said Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the DSM Managing Board.

DSM offers essential vitamins, nutrients, and fortification solutions as well as expertise that complements the research, programs, and global reach of UNICEF and Sight and Life.

“Nutrition is one of the most effective and cost-effective investments we can make — in children’s lives and futures, and in the long-term strength of their societies,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Every child has a right to grow up healthy and strong, and this new partnership with Royal DSM and Sight and Life will help more children in Nigeria to realize that right.”

Together, the partners will develop scalable models and drive innovation to improve the quality of food and nutrition in Nigeria, with the goal of spurring similar action in other countries where malnutrition is a critical concern. The partners will also advocate on a global scale for best practices in micronutrient supplementation.

The new partnership builds on joint activity by DSM and UNICEF from 2013-2015 that supported micronutrient powder (MNP) programs in Madagascar and Nigeria. Together the organizations already improved nutrition for about 400,000 children in Nigeria through the MNP pilot program.

“With our expertise in implementation research and social and behaviour change communication, we will effectively contribute to nutrition programs at scale in Nigeria,” says Klaus Kraemer, Managing Director of Sight and Life.

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Here at Sight and Life, we believe great leadership is about having a vision of an improved world, acting on that vision and inspiring others to do the same.

We are accepting nominations for individuals striving for a better world and have proven to be a leader in the nutrition field. We will be requesting submissions from our friends, colleagues, and extended networks to submit nominations for eligible candidates to receive the award. Each potential candidate must meet specific requirements.

A good leader is a visionary, not a dreamer: someone who not only dreams and talks about a better world but steps up to realize his vision.

A good leader is innovative and creative: someone who seeks new solutions to a problem and provides the knowledge and methods to take them into action.

A good leader is passionate: someone who is driven by a passion about his or her work to improve the current situation.

A good leader has courage: someone who rises and takes initiative in difficult times.

A transformative leader is an inspiration: someone who inspires, encourages, and helps other people achieving improvement. In this spirit, we proudly announce the 2017 Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award.

The submissions will be narrowed down to the top five candidates. A committee, which includes past winners, will then determine the recipient of the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award. 

Selection Committee Members:
Dr Klaus Kraemer, Sight and Life
Dr. Purnima Kashyap, Senior Advisor at Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
Dr David Nabarro, 2012 Recipient of the SAL Nutrition Leadership Award
Dr Robert Black, 2013 Recipient of the SAL Nutrition Leadership Award
Dr Anna Lartey, 2014 Recipient of the SAL Nutrition Leadership Award
Dr Shawn Baker, 2015 Recipient of the SAL Nutrition Leadership Award

Nominations closed on October 26, 2017.

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Join us on Monday, October 16 from 8:00 to 10:00 at the International Congress for Nutrition (ICN) in Argentina for The Biology of the First 1,000 Days book release. For more details on the session click here

Abstract

The first 1,000 days, from conception to two years of age, is a critical period of growth and development. Exposures to dietary, environmental, hormonal, and other stressors during this window have been associated with an increased risk of poor health outcomes, some of which are irreversible. The book, The Biology of the First 1,000 Days, addresses this crucial interval of early life across biological disciplines, linking concepts related to all biological fields to outcomes during the first 1,000 days (e.g. fetal growth and pregnancy outcomes) and beyond (e.g. gut microbiome and cardiovascular disease later in life). The strength of this book lies in its cross-disciplinary nature.

Features

–  Summarizes the importance and irreversible nature of growth and nutrition experienced in the first 1,000 days of life

– Outlines the negative impacts of malnutrition, hormonal stressors, environmental enteropathies, inadequate early growth, and others on later life

– Examines the biology and pathophysiology of the myriad influences on early health and development

– Reviews normal and abnormal fetal and infant development associated with prenatal and postnatal exposures

– Provides suggestions for interventions mitigating poor fetal and early postnatal conditions

Editors

Crystal Karakochuk, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor, Human Nutrition
Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia
Investigator, Healthy Starts, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Kyly Whitfield, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Mount Saint Vincent University

Prof Tim Green
Affiliate Professor Discipline of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide

Klaus Kraemer
Director of Sight and Life and Adjunct Professor Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Reviews

“The Biology of the First 1000 Days compiles the substance behind what we know to be the key to progress. Investing in good nutrition during a child’s first 1000 days is essential for not only unlocking a child’s physical and mental development. It is the way forward for improved health, productivity, income and a sustainable future – with no one left behind. This book compiles our experience, and showcases it for policy makers, strategists and programmers. I hope the knowledge captured in these pages plays an important role in achieving the ultimate goal – an end to malnutrition, in all its forms.”

– Gerda Verburg, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator and UN Assistant Secretary General

“The book is a comprehensive and synthetic review of key spatial factors ranging from preconception to age two— it is a critical reference and will shape public policy and improve interventions for mother and child – impacts that will last a lifetime”

– Emorn Udomkesmalee, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand

“Nutrition policy accepted that the first 1,000 days are critical for life. Now knowledge about the biology of that critical window – so important for specific policy actions – is provided by this volume. It is essential reading for the nutrition community. The list of contributors reads like a Who is Who in nutrition research.”

– Prof. Joachim von Braun, Bonn University, Vice Chair of the Board of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

“In The Biology of the First 1,000 Days we find, clearly and profoundly, the scientific evidence of how good nutrition truly shapes the future of our world – a most valuable contribution to our understanding of a long-neglected issue.”

– Roger Thurow, author of The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children – And the World

SAVE 20% when purchasing the book by using promo code FMQ13 here

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Mark your calendar and be sure to attend these IUNS ICN sessions with Sight and Life:

Sunday, October 15 

8:30 – 10:00

Leveraging Food Systems to Improve Food Systems and Nutrition
FAO & Tufts University

Prof. Anna Lartey – Food systems role in achieving goals of the decade of action for nutrition

Prof. Patrick Webb – Nepal: a case for elucidating effective ways to use food systems for improved nutrition

Dr. Klaus Kraemer – Food systems importance for enhancing micronutrient nutrition

Sunday, October 15

11.00 – 13.00

Cracking the Egg Potential to Reduce Child Stunting and Improve Rural Livelihoods
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Dr. Chessa Lutter & Dr. Saul Morris – The Lulun Project: results from a randomized controlled trial using eggs to improve linear growth among young children in Ecuador

Dr. Lora Iannotti – Putting our eggs in more than one basket – lessons learned from working with multiple sectors in rural Ghana.

Dr. Grace Marquis – Social marketing as a means to build community engagement in nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions

Carlos Andres Gallegos & Ms. Emily Lloyd – One Acre Fund: Scaling up smallholder farmers’ access to poultry in East Africa

Dr. Klaus Kraemer – Eggciting Innovations: Insights from Smallholder Poultry Models in East Africa and India

Sunday, October 15 

14:00 – 18:30

Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Latin America and the Caribbean
WFP & Regional Bureau for LATAM and the Caribbean, nutrition unit

Marc-André ProstScaling Up Rice Fortification in Latin America and the Caribbean: translating the evidence base into concrete plans for demand creation and effective programming at country level

Dr. Klaus Kraemer – The launch of the Sight and Life special supplement on Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Latin America and the Caribbean

Dr. Helena Pachón – Evidence generation for decision making and effective policy and program planning

Dr. Reena Das – Costa Rica: a successful regional model for mandatory rice fortification & National Plan for Rice Fortification in the framework of the Nation Plan for the Prevention of Micronutrient Deficiencies

Dr. Sonia Castro – National Plan for rice fortification and its commercialization in Nicaragua

Monday, October 16 

8:00 – 10:00 

Book Release: The Biology of the First 1,000 Days

Dr. Klaus Kraemer & Crystal D. Karakochuk – Session Co-Chairs and Editors of The Biology of the First 1,000 Days 

Dr. Philip James – Epigenetics, nutrition and infant health

Dr. Luz Maria De Regil – Before and beyond the 1,000 days: a role for preconception nutrition

Dr. Julian Lui – Nutritional regulation of the growth plate

Monday, October 16

11:30 – 13:30

Integration to Implementation on Vitamin A Intervention
Micronutrient Forum 

Dr. Danial Raiten – Scope of the problem and overview of the controversy; how the I to I approach will be applied

Dr. Sherry Tanumihardjo – Biological evidence for or against high does supplementation

Dr. Ermorn Udomkesmalee – Relative strengths & weaknesses of available interventions /programs strategies to prevent or improve vitamin A status n individuals or populations

MSc. Dora Inés Mazariegos – Country perspective. What are the implications of the current concern/debate on national efforts to prevent vitamin A deficiency in Guatemala?

Dr. Musonda Mofu – Country perspective. What are the implications of the current cancer/debate on national efforts to prevent vitamin A deficiency in Zambia?

Dr. Roland Kupka – What does it all mean and how might we move an agenda forward to address these challenges? 

Dr. Klaus Kraemer – What does it all mean and how might we move an agenda forward to address these challenges? 

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Trademark for Quality Fortified Food Products for Ghanaian Women

In February 2017, the Obaasima Seal and Campaign was launched in the Brong Ahafo and Northern Region in Ghana, as part of Affordable Nutritious Foods for Women (ANF4W). ANF4W is a development partnership with the private sector that seeks to improve micronutrient intakes of women of reproductive age, particularly during pregnancy and lactation, by increasing the availability of, and access to, new and affordable fortified food products. The quality seal serves as a certification that the product meet voluntary fortification standards and other nutrition criteria, and most importantly that they encourage women to choose fortified products.

As the steering and principal technical partner of ANF4W (implemented by the German Development Cooperation), Sight and Life aided the development of the Obaasima seal, which was developed as a private-public partnership between the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI). Sight and Life supported a focused ethnographic study to serve as the foundation for the ANF4W project. The study assessed women’s eating habits and beliefs around food. Using these insights, we shortlisted four product concepts and identified why these products would find high acceptability among women. We presented these data, as well as a business case, to local food processing businesses in order to generate interest in a voluntary fortification scheme.

For more information, read this article – which appeared initially in News Ghana and reports on the launch of the branded marketing campaign. 

Need a recap on ANF4W? The previous edition of Sight and Life provides one in the article entitled “Improving the Nutritional Status of Women of Reproductive Age”, an overview of the project and how this public-private partnership looked at establishing a market-based solution to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age with fortified food products. 

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On February 16, Dr Juan Rivera Dommarco was elected as the new Director of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) for the next five years, thereby replacing Dr Mauricio Hernández-Avila. During his appointment ceremony, Dr Rivera Dommarco stated that he would seek to preserve the legacy of the INSP and face the many challenges of public health. He further invited the entire community to unite and support the interests of health above all else, highlighting that the mission of the institute and the health of Mexicans requires “union, cordiality and collaboration.”

The mission of the INSP is to contribute to social equity and the full realization of the right to health protection through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, state-of-the-art training of human resources, and innovation in multidisciplinary research to design evidence-based public policies. INSP is a leader in public health research and teaching. The Institute INSP strives to generate precise and relevant reference knowledge for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of health research policy for Mexico and in the Latin America Region.

Dr Rivera Dommarco concluded his message by outlining his goals for the duration of his mandate:

> To put the interests of population health first

> To create an atmosphere of respect, dialogue, transparency and cordiality within the institution’s community

> To ensure that dialogue with researchers, practitioners an students becomes a common practice

> To position the INSP as a think-tank of the health system

> To strengthen the excellence and relevance of research, teaching and service

> To ensure the generation of economic resources and their transparent and efficient management

> To support the generational change by supporting the growth trajectory of young researchers and researchers

> To conduct gender equity management 

Sight and Life sends its best wishes and warm congratulations to Dr Rivera Dommarco.

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