Nestl? Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA) is organising a training course on paediatric nutrition for healthcare professionals in francophone Central and West Africa.
The training, which is the fourth Course Africain de Nutrition P?diatrique (CANUP), is being held in Cameroon, will focus on the importance of the first 1000 days of life, from conception to the child?s second birthday.
A statement issued by Nestle and copied to the Ghana News Agency said getting the right nutrition during the first 1000 days was critical and crucial for healthy growth and development specifically the immunity and cognitive function of a child.
?The right feeding practices in early childhood also support the establishment of healthy eating habits, starting with exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life?, Mr Bruno Olierhoek, Managing Director for Central Africa said.
The training is organised in collaboration with the African Association of Francophone Paediatricians (APANF) and brings together 49 paediatricians from the region.
Mr Olierhoek said ?Nestl? is committed to supporting natural and medical sciences, by encouraging continuous education on maternal, infant and young child nutrition and health?.
A similar course for Anglophone healthcare professionals will take place in Nigeria from May 18 and 21 May in Nigeria.
NNIA activities are part of Nestl??s commitment to implement nutrition education programmes for healthcare professionals to promote good nutrition practices. It is part of the Nestl? Nutrition Institute (NNI), an independent not-for-profit organisation active in nearly 200 countries. It is the world?s largest publisher of nutritional information and more than 210,000 healthcare professionals are registered members of its education website. GNA