Thursday 1 November 2012

Second NIE Short Course in Thailand

Congratulations to the participants of the second Professional Short Course in Nutrition in Emergencies held in Thailand as part of the NIE Regional Training Initiative! The course was run by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, in collaboration with University College London, and was held in Bangkok from the 8th to the 19th October, 2012. 

Twenty-two people, from both within and beyond the region, attended the 11-day course that covered the essentials of NIE, including assessments, food assistance, infant and young child feeding in emergencies, micronutrient interventions and emergency preparedness. The course had a regional focus and benefited from strong participation by WFP, UNICEF, and other operational organisations. Trainers and facilitators for the course came from ADPC, WFP, UNICEF, OCHA, Valid International, ENN, UCL, and elsewhere. The eleven days  culminated with an emergency simulation exercise set in the fictional country Toivoland, during which participants brought together the various skills and knowledge gained during the course to tackle a nutritional crisis, compounded by conflict and government bureaucracy. 

We would like to thank all the participants, organisers, and trainers who made the course a success. We will be posting more photos from the course on our facebook page.