ABOUT US

Good nutrition begins before birth. The NNIA seeks to support health practitioners and scientists in a multidisciplinary, educational organisation that is dedicated to the science of nutrition for people of all ages on the African continent. Our vision is to provide continuous access to the latest nutrition information to empower them with knowledge, access and motivation necessary to promote good nutrition and healthy lifestyles throughout the lifecycle of the populations they are serving. We facilitate and foster the development, communication and application of sound nutrition research and expand the boundaries of nutrition research, understanding and application.

The Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA) is committed to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of all health practitioners in Africa. As one of its 13 chapters and the oldest outside of the USA, the NNIA forms part of the global structure of the Nestlé Nutrition Institute.

Our Partners

ETHIOPIA

NURSES ASSOCIATION OF ETHIOPIA

Partnered with the association for their nurses for the Nurses Academy done in Ethiopia in 2019, which 200 nurses and nutritionists were reached. The topic of discussion was focused on Nutrition in the first 1000 days.

KENYA

ASSOCIATION OF PEADIATRIC AND ADOLESCENT ENDOCRINOLOGISTS (ASPAE)

Has partnered with NNIA for the Nurses Academy events by facilitating a speaker, Dr Renson Mukhwana who is a peadiatric Gastroenterologist, to present on the topic of ‘Growth Monitoring in Children”.

CENER

The objectives of the Centre for Nutrition Education and Research (CENER) are to:

  • Promote, conduct and coordinate research and surveys in Kenya and provide continuing education in the field of nutrition to health professionals and others
  • Participate in the network of professionals with expertise in nutrition and related areas, and to cooperate with appropriate local. provincial, national and international bodies to disseminate nutrition research findings and reliable nutrition information
  • Act as a resource centre on nutrition matters to the public, students, researchers and the media, as well as collaborate with international nutrition bodies to certify and register dieticians/nutritionists to improve the international exchange

KENYA MIDWIVES ASSOCIATION

Has partnered with NNIA to facilitate Nurses Academy by mobilizing their members to attend the event.

KENYA NUTRITIONIST AND DIETETIC INSTITUTE (KNDI)

Has partnered with NNIA in facilitating a speaker to present on ‘Complementary Feeding” during the Nurses Academy symposiums. The speaker in this event has been their CEO- Dr David Okeyo KNDI is the training, registration and licensing board for nutritionists and dieticians in Kenya.

KENYA PAEDIATRIC ASSOCIATION (KPA)

The Kenya Paediatric Association (KPA) is an association whose principal members are paediatricians practicing in Kenya, but also include researchers, paediatricians in training and any other cadres of health workers as associates. The NNIA has been participating in their annual general meeting for the past two consecutive years, boasting an attendance of around 100 health care professionals in the NNIA nutrition symposia held in 2011 and 2012 in Mombasa.
In 2011, some 50 health workers including nurses, nutritionists, junior and senior doctors from eight hospitals in the Coast province were trained in the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition, to improve the delivery of care for those with acute malnutrition in their hospitals.

KENYA PEADIATRIC NURSES CHAPTER

Partnered with NNIA to hold the second Nurses Academy in 2019 which 120 peadiatric nurses and midwives attended. The events theme was ‘Nutrition in the First 1000 Days.’ The association mobilized their members to attend the event, providing 2 CPD points and a certificate of attendance for their members.

KENYA PEADIATRIC RESEARCH CONSORTIUM (KEPRECON)

In collaboration with NNIA hosted a regional webinar on the 14th of July with participation of over 150 healthcare professionals from Cluster 1-5. The theme of the meeting was The Importance of Infant Nutrition in Nurturing a Healthier Generation, with KEPRECON providing speakers as well as a moderator for the event. 3 CPD points were also issued to the Kenya participants.
Part of the Agenda was as below;
KEPRECON and NNIA Presentation – Prof. Fred Were (Chairman of the NNIA board)
Topic 1: Importance of Breastfeeding on the mental health outcomes of infants: Dr. Josephine Omondi
Topic 2: Human Milk Oligosaccharides, Clinical Evidence and their Role in Infant Nutrition: Dr. Ryan Carvalho (Chief Medical Officer- Nestlé HQ)

NATIONAL NURSES ASSOCIATION OF KENYA

Has partnered with NNIA to hold the inaugural Nurses Academy in Kenya in 2018, which was attended by over 400 nurses and nutritionists. The topic of discussion was “Nutrition in the First 1000 Days”. The event was a 2-day event in which participants obtained 5 CPD points, a NNIA/NNAK branded CPD booklet and certificate of completion. One of the successes of the event was alignment in terms of information.

MOZAMBIQUE

AMOPE (MOZAMBICAN PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATION)

In 2016 2 HCPs Nutrition Seminar in Angola, then NNIA replicated Nutrition Seminar/ AMOPE Congress, with 2 HCPs from Portugal, >193HCPs participated. Support as jury of Nurse Quiz in 2016, support identifying PGPN, IPPN candidates, HCPs for training in Macronutrients-JHB Jun2019). 2016 to 2019 NNIA sponsorships in trainings and scientific events

APARMO (MOZAMBICAN MIDWIFES ASSOCIATION)

Nurse quiz in 2016 (212HCPs), sponsorships in trainings and events.

FACULTY OF MEDICINE – UNIVERSIDADE EDUARDO MONDLANE

NNIA offered NNIA publications and erected an NNIA Library

HOSPITAL CENTRAL DE NAMPULA (HCN) HOSPITAL CENTRAL DA BEIRA (HCB) AND HOSPITAL CENTRAL DE MAPUTO (HCM)

Sponsorships in scientific Journeys, events and trainings. Support Dra Benedita as Jury of Post-graduation exams.

SOUTH AFRICA

AFRICAN NUTRITION LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME (ANLP)

The African Nutrition Leadership Programme (ANLP) is a leadership development and networking seminar aimed at assisting the development of future leaders in the field of human nutrition in Africa. Emphasis is placed on understanding the qualities and skills of leaders, team building, communication and nutrition information in a broader context, and the role of nutrition science in the world around us. The partnership allows individuals wider participation in the programme.

AFSA

The AFSA will strive to save lives, to enhance the quality of life and to reduce the cost of healthcare in South Africans suffering from allergic disorders and primary immune deficiencies.

DEMOCRATIC NURSING ORGANISATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (DENOSA Head Office)

Partnered with the association since 2016 – UpToDate to register their nurses to study with Boston School of Medicine on Post Graduate Program in Pediatric Nutrition (PGPN) a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to upgrade their knowledge and practice skills in pediatric nutrition. The program is designed to help update healthcare professionals on the most current information, to integrate pediatric nutrition into clinical practice; and to familiarize them with evidence-based guidelines and recommendations on key aspects of pediatric nutrition.

SAJCN

The SAJCN (South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition) is the official journal of SASPEN, ADSA (Association for Dietetics in South Africa) and the NSSA (Nutrition Society of South Africa). Distributed quarterly, it covers ALL aspects of nutrition. It is an international, peer-reviewed journal that is distributed free of charge to MEMBERS of the aforementioned societies. Through hosting the journal’s published CPD activities online, we extend the reach of the CPD programme.

SASPEN

The South African Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition is active in the southern African region, promoting nutrition research and all forms of nutritional education. The NNIA is a key partner in supporting the publication of their bi-annual conferences’ abstract book

UNISA

In 2009 UNISA and the NNIA embarked on a partnership in which a short course in “Managing Health and Nutrition during Adverse Conditions” was developed. Its focus is to enable health workers or people educating the community to identify malnutrition and address it appropriately.
This course is offered annually to health care professionals who work with communities, groups and individuals affected by malnutrition and nutrition-related diseases. Bursaries are also offered to selected individuals annually. Between 2009 and 2011; 58 nurses from Zambia have completed the course successfully.

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

The University’s Departments of Human Nutrition and the Centre for Nutrition Excellence annually host a two-day Continuous Nutrition Education (CNE) workshop. This scientific meeting of health care professionals presents new nutrition topics by speakers with knowledge and expertise in the field.
The successful annual CNE in South Africa is now being rolled out to other institutions with a one-day workshop taking place at and with the University of Limpopo and Free State University.

UGANDA

UGAN

Established in October 1999 by professionals from various private and public sectors with an interest in nutrition, the aims of the Uganda Action for Nutrition (UGAN) are to advance and lobby for better nutrition for sustainable national development. UGAN has successfully collaborated with the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA) and the Nestlé Foundation. This collaboration has included one-day scientific meetings and attendance of Continuous Nutrition Education (CNE) meetings courtesy of the NNIA, and sponsorships through the Nestlé Foundation for Masters’ students in nutrition.

ZIMBABWE

MINISTRY OF HEALTH NURSING AND MIDWIFERY DIRECTORATE

Engaged them for the 2017 PGPN round. The directorate provided 100 participants for the program. They also ensured that participants accrued CPD points and renewed their registrations through the Nurses Council of Zimbabwe. The directorate has also provided 82 participants for the 2020 PGPN round through the Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives.

NURSES COUNCIL OF ZIMBABWE

Partnered for the launch and execution of the Nurses and Midwives Academy from 2018. Reached over 900 nurses and midwives. The Nurses Council provided the presenters, the venue and accredited the sessions.