With just a week to go until the Third Annual Meeting on Scaling Up Nutrition in New York, A panel of judges have shortlisted the candidates and the Nutrition Champions have been identified to attend the SUN Movement Global Gathering on the 23rd – 24th September.
There were some really fantastic nominations put forward from many different parts of the world, and Research to Action would like to congratulate all the candidates for the fantastic work they are doing in the field of nutrition.
Here is a handful of profiles to read just a selection of many great candidates.
Banda Ndiaye – Sahel
Banda Ndiaye is a key player in improving nutrition in the Sahel region, and one of the individuals shortlisted for the Transform Nutrition and Scaling Up Nutrition Award. Banda has spent many years promoting health issues and the prolific occurrence of malnutrition. His work on nutrition started when he was involved in implementing Senegal’s first micronutrient programme, whilst working at World Vision. Through identifying the correct audience, piloting innovative strategies, and advocating ambitious goals, Banda is setting his sights on elevating nutrition onto the political agenda. He recognised that helping governments formulate evidence-based policies and strengthening their leadership and quality of implementation helps governments support sustainable change.
Full profile Banda Ndiaye
Dr. Harouna Souley – Niger
In 2004, Dr. Harouna Souley and a group of colleagues founded Forum Sante Niger (FORSANI) to care for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Through his work as a physician, teacher and advocate Dr. Souley has guided FORSANI to a position of national prominence, delivering health and nutritional care to more than 15,000 severely malnourished Nigerien children every year. His contribution has also helped to ensure that national policies include treatment and prevention of malnutrition and is leading the charge to break this cycle and help support a better future for people in Niger.
Full profile Dr. Harouna Souley
Dr. Eunice Bonsi – Ghana
After studying and researching nutritional science in laboratories for years, Dr. Eunice Bonsi decided she needed to work with people. She took a joint appointment for research and extension as an Associate Professor and Program Leader in Specialist Foods & Nutrition Education at Tuskegee University, where, for the past twenty years, she and her team have been working to promote the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes in Ghana and West Africa. Dr. Bonsi’s colleagues credit her for effectively linking the agricultural research community with the nutrition community in a way that has transformed thinking within both communities of practice.
Full profile Dr Eunice Bonsi
Please read more stories of change from the candidates of the 2013 Nutrition Champions