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The Ethiopian Public Health Institute’s (EPHI) Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate (FSNRD) in collaboration with John Hopkins University, as per the Seqota Declaration started delivering a three weeks training for data collectors on February 20, 2018 who will be participating in the upcoming survey.
The Seqota Declaration is an agreement entered in Seqota at the federal level to overcome newborn malnutrition. The workshop evaluates which procedures will be more effective to implement the newborn malnutrition reduction program and points out the way forward.
According to Andinet Abera from FSNRD and coordinator of the Seqota Declaration Evaluation Study, the declaration was made based on the Tekeze river basin and will be implemented in selected 32 woredas in Amhara and Tigray regions and the data collectors will be working in these woredas.
“These regions are selected because they are stricken by famine repeatedly and compared to the other parts of the country these regions face malnutrition problems,” added Andinet.
The survey in these woredas will assess the existing situations of nutrition, infant nutrition, malnutrition, food security, family nutrition security, water supply and food supply at schools. EPHI is actively engaged in this national activity in order to accomplish its commitment in collaboration with John Hopkins University of US.
About 112 trainees from the health, agriculture and statistics sectors are participating on the training.