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Sudan Federal Ministry of Health and GHD/EMPHNET Launch Public Health Empowerment Program for Nutrition Officers
    Sudan Federal Ministry of Health and GHD/EMPHNET Launch Public Health Empowerment Program for Nutrition Officers
    August 28, 2019

    Since the 1980s, Sudan has been challenged with persistent high levels of acute malnutrition and stunting. Not only has this been attributed to the unavailability of nutritious food, but it has also been caused by lack of access to health and other social services.

    To address this challenge, GHD/EMPHNET collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) in the launch of the Public Health Empowerment Program for Nutrition Officers (PHEP-Nutrition) in early August 2019. This is a three-month program that targets nutrition officers working at different levels of health system in Sudan. PHEP-Nutrition aims to build on the participants’ skills and knowledge towards improving their contribution to nutrition and the other maternal and child health (MCH) interventions in the country.

    GHD and EMPHNET Supports Launch of Public Health Empowerment Program for Nutrition Officers (2)

    The program’s first cohort comprises 28 nutrition officers working at the district level in three states in Sudan: Khartoum, Red Sea, and White Nile. These participants took part in the program’s first workshop “Nutritional Data and Surveillance” between August 4 and 8, 2019. The general objective of this workshop was to build the capacity of the participants in managing nutrition data and local surveillance systems. Following this workshop, participants are expected to manage surveillance data, develop a surveillance report, and investigate clusters of malnutrition cases.

    PHEP-Nutrition is now the third to be added to GHD/EMPHNET’s PHEP training models, the other two being PHEP- Surveillance for Polio Officers and PHEP-Basic Field Epidemiology. The launch of PHEP-Nutrition, the first in the region, represents an important opportunity in building capacities of the public health workforce in order to improve health outcomes for the region’s communities.