Good nutrition is at the foundation of good health. We see healthcare and public health practitioners as key knowledge brokers that can promote nutrition to achieve better public health. To do this, NNEdPro convenes regional networks across six continents.
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I-KANN-25 initiative and linked models
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic over 2020, we will support the following survey initiatives across all regional networks:
The Language of Communicating Nutrition and Impact (LOCNI) – this will involve the translation of our 10-point guide on nutrition and COVID-19 into multiple languages evaluating the added impact of using linguistically adapted nutrition education resources
The Global Food and Nutrition Insecurity Survey (GFNIS) – this will involve a semi-qualitative assessment of acute food and nutrition insecurity due to COVID-19 through a sample survey of regional network members as advocates for nutrition and health
The International Knowledge Application Network Hub in Nutrition 2025 (I-KANN-25) is an initiative closely linked with our Nutrition Education, Training and Skills (NETS), which facilitates: the Cambridge Summer School in Applied Human Nutrition; the annual International Summit in Cambridge; and E-learning initiatives. It seeks to connect the knowledge generated from these initiatives, to be used internationally through an online portal that will encourage regional adaptations and opportunities to facilitate learning. I-KANN 25 will be able to promote translatable information at a global level and drive implementation of knowledge into policy and practice, bridging the gap between Agricultural Nutrition and Human Nutrition.
In each regional network, connected by I-KANN 25, we intend to apply two successful innovation and change models:
The NEPHELP (Nutrition Education Policy for Health Practice) model which seeks to change the default status of nutrition education within health systems by strengthening the nutrition workforce in each region - The original NEPHELP initiative was developed in the UK - adaptations of NEPHELP are now underway across regional networks internationally.
The Mobile Teaching Kitchens (MTK) model which seeks to empower marginalised community members to become culinary health educators by bringing together change drivers from medical and nutritional personnel to lay volunteers and NGOs all invested in reducing nutritional inequities for better health - The original MTK initiative was developed in India - adaptations of the MTK are now underway across regional networks internationally.
I-KANN 25 is supported by the Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) who manage the successful Food Authenticity Network, the Swiss Re Institute and the Global Open Data initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN). The Nutrition in Medicine platform and BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health are key collaborating organisations in this initiative.
The international coordinating centre will be based in UK, hosted by NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health. An independent governance committee for I-KANN 25 will provide oversight to ensure long-term success of the initiative.