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 second webinar, covering Ethiopia, and was held on November 25, 2020. It was moderated by TAN Project Director, Anne Babcock, with the following speakers:
• Senior Nutrition Advisor, Ministry of Health and SUN Focal Point, Ethiopia, Dr. Ferew Lemma
• Nutrition International’s Country Director, Ethiopia, Dr. Amare Deribew (represented by Girma Mamo, Deputy Country Director, Ethiopia)
• NTEAM Technical Assistance Provider in Ethiopia, Dr. Sisay Sinamo
The first webinar, covering Bangladesh, was held on November 4, 2020.