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Panel Event: “Acute malnutrition: Strengthening political commitment at the WHA & beyond”

The Panel Event "Acute malnutrition: Strengthening political commitment at the WHA & beyond", organized by Action Contre la Faim, Concern Worldwide and Helen Keller International will be held on Monday 21 May 2012, from 6 to 8pm, at the InterContinental Hotel ("Bern" room),7-9, Chemin du Petit-Saconnex, Geneva.

Worldwide, 19 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition. Solutions exist to bring an end to this unacceptable situation, but much more needs to be done by governments at a national and international level.  This year, at the 65th World Health Assembly, important decisions will be taken by Member States on nutrition with a vote on the "Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition".

With this in mind, ACF, Concern Worldwide and Helen Keller International, are convening a high-level panel event on acute malnutrition, which will bring together representatives of government delegations, international organizations, Ministers of Health from countries with a high burden of undernutrition, and civil society. Six panelists will outline the scale and impact of acute malnutrition, as well as highlight how some countries are already rolling out effective solutions. This will be followed by an open debate on the following topics:

  • How can states bring effective interventions to scale? E.g. current progress on integrating the treatment of acute malnutrition into national health systems.
  • What additional funding is needed for countries to realize their objectives on acute malnutrition?
  • How do actions on acute malnutrition link to broader nutrition initiatives, such as SUN and the new WHO plan? And how can coherence be ensured between national and international policies?
Mr Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro, former President of Cape Verde and Nutrition Advocate for West Africa
Dr Francesco Branca, Director, Nutrition for Health & Development, WHO
Dr Serge Breysse, Director of Advocacy, ACF France
Ms Gwyneth Cotes, Nutrition Advisor, Concern Worldwide
Mr El Hadji Issakha Diop, CMAM Regional Coordinator, Helen Keller International
African Minister of Health - to be confirmed

The presentations and debates will be in English.

RSVP by Friday, 11th May, to Valérie Lucas at sad@actioncontrelafaim.org or +33 (0)1 43 35 86 34

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