Throughout 2020, governments around the world have been developing and implementing response plans to the COVID-19 pandemic, calling upon trusted partners for timely technical support. Nutrition International’s Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism (NTEAM) promptly reviewed its ongoing Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN) assignments with two objectives. Firstly, to confirm they remained relevant and feasible, adapting them where necessary. And secondly to include as much support as possible for the planning and implementation of national responses to both the immediate nutrition-related fallout of the pandemic, as well its longer term nutrition-related implications.
Nutrition International held a mini-series consisting of two webinars on how its NTEAM is supporting the governments of Bangladesh and Ethiopia in their national responses to COVID-19.
The webinar mini-series:
1. Explored how Nutrition International’s TAN technical assistance in Bangladesh and Ethiopia rapidly adapted to support each country’s COVID-19 response planning.
2. Provided an opportunity for participants to ask questions about, and share their own experience with, adapting their nutrition-related work in response to COVID-19.
This was the first webinar, covering Bangladesh, and was held on November 4, 2020. It was moderated by Dr. Kefas Samson, Director of Nutrition International's NTEAM, with the following speakers:
• Director-General of the Bangladesh National Nutrition Council, Dr. Md. Khalilur Rahman
• Nutrition International’s Country Director, Bangladesh, Saiqa Siraj
• NTEAM’s Technical Assistance Provider in Bangladesh, Dr. Iqbal Kabir
The second webinar, covering Ethiopia, was held on November 25, 2020.
• Determining the impact of COVID-19 on nutrition: Projection of the possible malnutrition burden in post COVID-19 period in Bangladesh
• Combating Malnutrition in Bangladesh in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic