The NFSC, in collaboration with the Institute of Global Health at University College London, have offered an annual, 11-day intensive training course in Nutrition in Emergencies (NIE) in Beirut and Bekaa since 2010. This year, NIE took place during July 10-21. The course was developed to optimize nutritional responses under various types of emergency conditions. Regionally, it has become a tool to address nutritional problems in zones of conflict, including continuous and concurrent conflicts such as those in Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Yemen.
The NIE offers nutritionists, health professionals, and humanitarian workers the unique opportunity to strengthen organizational capacity to effectively respond in emergency situations.
This year the course received great attention: more than 30 applicants from across the region participated, including 13 from Lebanon, and others from Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Pakistan, Philippine, Malaysia, Burundi and Ethiopia. Several UN agencies and other organizations showed interest in funding their applicants as part of their strategic development. These include the World Food Programme, United States Agency for International Development, Medair, Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, International Organization for Migration, and World Vision International. Independent participants from within and outside of AUB also showed interest.
The course was delivered by 9 experts from AUB, University College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, World Food Programme, and other independent consultants with extensive involvement in emergency nutrition response. The facilitators shared their experiences and expertise with the course participants who, in return, interactively participated and shared their own professional experience in the field.
“We hope that this course was rewarding for all attending participants as we are looking forward to hearing new feedback and adding a new chapter of success to the NIE book” wished Dr. Omar Obeid, Professor of Nutrition at FAFS and leader of the NIE course.