Nutrition in Emergencies course

Date: 3 – 4 May 2022

Due to the range of health consequences faced by populations when disasters strike, UK-Med Register members need to be prepared to respond to range of different pathologies, including ensuring the integration of nutrition activities within a response. 

The UN has recently estimated that the number of undernourished women, men and children in the world reached an estimated 821 million in 2017. Worldwide, 51 million children are wasted and 16 million are severely wasted. In 2017, more than two thirds of all wasted children under 5 lived in Asia and more than one quarter lived in Africa putting children at increased risk of death. 

Disasters and conflict exacerbate these challenges.

Key learning points

The course will include the following topics:

  • Standard Community Management of Acute Malnutrition/Combined protocols  
  • Understand the Pathophysiology of acute malnutrition   
  • Define Infant and Young Child Feeding  
  • Explain advantages of breastfeeding and disadvantages of artificial feeding  
  • Know the basics of The International Code of breastmilk substitute marketing  
  • Support and counselling of breastfeeding mothers only vs the inclusion of the management of non-breastfed infants  
  • Micronutrient deficiency in emergency  
  • HIV / Cholera/ Ebola/Covid 19 and Nutrition

Time commitment

This training comprises of four modules over two days, with module each lasting three hours. Learners are also expected to complete approx. six hours of individual learning alongside these live sessions. 

All participants will also be asked to complete a 30 minute pre-course UNICEF module. 

Total time commitment is 18.5 hours