Building health workforce capacity for scaling up nutrition in high burden countries
Chichester Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex
About the speaker:
Paul Amuna is an international nutrition and public health consultant and currently a principal lecturer in nutrition at the University of Greenwich where he designed and has led the postgraduate programme in nutritional sciences aimed at training graduates to support the health workforce. He has over 18 years' pedagogy experience and has helped develop nutrition programmes in three UK Universities and educational toolkits for special groups in developing countries.
Paul's research interests focuson the nutrition transition and in particular the impact of poverty on maternal and reproductive health, low birth weight and their links with obesity and diabetes in later life. He has led research in obesity and diabetes in Kuwait and Qatar, and maternal nutritional interventions including a feeding trial in South Africa and Nepal. Nationally, he is a Board Member and assessor of registrants for the Association for Nutrition (AfN), the professional regulatory body for nutritionists in the UK and Ireland and a Trustee of the Nutrition Society where he chairs the international affairs committee. He is also an invited discussant at European policy forums. Internationally, he has served on the UN Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Task Force on Civil Society, is a founding member and Trustee of the African Nutrition Society (ANS) which seeks to promote harmonization of nutrition training and benchmarking, research, capacity building and professional practice across Africa. Paul is also co-convener of the diabetes spring conference in the UK and the Africa Nutritional Epideiomology Conference (ANEC), the leading scientific conference on nutrition in Africa.
Paul is an advisor to the Food Security and Consumer Affairs Division of the FAO on nutrition education and communication programmes for Africa. He is also a WHO Consultant for Nutritionin the WHO-AFRO region.