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Awards of Merit
SCN Awards of Merit 2008 At the symposium on Monday 3 March during the 35th SCN Session, Hanoi, Viet Nam 2008, Awards of Merit were given to Professor Tu Giay, Professor Ha Huy Khoi, Dr Michael Latham, and Dr Alan Berg, in recognition of their outstanding life long contributions and service to nutrition.
- Professor Tu Giay and Professor Ha Huy Khoi were honoured by the SCN Vice-Chair Dr Werner Schultink who maintained that much of Viet Nam's success in reaching the MDG4 on child mortality and being on track to reaching MDG1 on underweight could be attributed to the long and distinguished work of these two nutrition champions, besides their major contributions to international nutrition science. Professor Tu Giay founded the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and remained its Director for twelve years. He developed a famous home gardening system that also promoted animal protein intake through fish ponds. Professor Ha Huy Khoi, Director of NIN for nine years, not only continued Professor Tu Giay's efforts but further developed nutrition in Viet Nam, particularly in the field of micronutrients and protein-energy malnutrition. He also worked on documenting the nutrition impacts of transition in Viet Nam.
- Professor Michael Latham was honoured by Dr Elisabeth Sterken, the Chair of NGO/Civil Society Group who highlighted his important contributions to advancing health and nutrition among mothers and children. Professor Latham has had a distinguished career in academia and in health service, working in Tanzania and Uganda in Africa before joining the Graduate School of Nutrition at Cornell University where he continues to supervise students. He is a cofounder and co-chair of the advisory group of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. His legacy however, is through his students who work throughout the world extending his commitment to maternal and child health.
- Dr Alan Berg was honoured by Professor Arne Oshaug, Chair of the Bilateral Group who emphasized his impact in moving the nutrition agenda through reaching out to so many audiences beyond the nutrition community such as bankers and other decision-makers, as well as practitioners in the field who have appreciated his newsletter "New&Noteworthy in Nutrition". For these efforts, Alan Berg can be considered a global giant in nutrition history.