On Friday 20, July 2018, Tufts University conducted a half-day workshop at Capital Hotel in Addis Ababa to raise awareness, enhance capacity, and promote dissemination for learning and knowledge among multi-sectoral nutrition projects in Ethiopia.
Experts from local and international NGOs, academic lecturers, experts from livelihood and agriculture, SBCC, Health and Nutrition, and WASH thematic leads, as well as the Deputy Chief of Party Operations, attended the half-day workshop.
The event was divided into two major presentations led by Dr. Shibani Ghosh, Research Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University. The first half of the presentation focused on the issue of “Mycotoxins and Linear growth retardation”. One of the principal foci of the food safety/quality agenda today is mycotoxin contamination of foods consumed by pregnant women and young children and its potential links to stunting. In her presentation, Dr. Ghosh presented background literature around the role of aflatoxins and other mycotoxins in the etiology of stunting and new findings from studies being conducted in Uganda and Nepal focused on assessing the relationship of aflatoxin exposure in pregnancy and adverse birth outcomes.
The second half of the presentation covered the topic of “Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation in Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes.” Dr. Ghosh gave an insightful talk on the current WHO guidance within the context of new findings that emphasize the reduction in low birth weight and stillbirth prevalence due to multi-micronutrient supplementation.
Both presentations were followed by a lively Q&A session where participants were very engaged and shared their experiences on the presented issues. The workshop was concluded after a brief wrap-up session.
For more information, please also see the online course presented by Dr. Ghosh on Environmental Enteropathy (EED), Microbiome, Mycotoxins and Stunting.