Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa training addresses importance of nutrition during the first 1,000 days

Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA) is holding its fourth Cours Africain de Nutrition Pédiatrique (CANUP), a training course on paediatric nutrition for healthcare professionals in francophone Central and West Africa. 

The training, which is taking place between 5 and 8 May in Cameroon, focuses on the importance of the first 1000 days of life, from conception to the child’s second birthday. Getting the right nutrition during these critical first 1000 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”, said Bruno Olierhoek, Managing Director Central Africa.

CANUP is organised in collaboration with the APANF (African Association of Francophone Paediatricians) and brings together 49 paediatricians from the region. The opening ceremony was presided by the Minister of Public Health of Cameroon. 
His Excellency André Mama Fouda underlined “the remarkable and fruitful partnership between the Ministry of Public Health and Nestlé Cameroon, 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 Cameroon".

“Nestlé is committed to supporting natural and medical sciences, by encouraging continuous education on maternal, infant and young child nutrition and health”, added Bruno Olierhoek.

A similar course for Anglophone healthcare professionals will take place between 18 and 21 May in Nigeria. 

NNIA activities are part of Nestlé’s commitment to implement nutrition education programmes for healthcare professionals to promote good nutrition practices. 

It is part of the Nestlé Nutrition Institute (NNI), an independent not-for-profit organisation active in nearly 200 countries. It is the world’s largest publisher of nutritional information and more than 210,000 healthcare professionals are registered members of its education website​

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