COVID-19 has disrupted health systems, nutrition services, and food systems around the world, including South Asia. In particular, the pandemic has exacerbated the challenges faced by the most vulnerable groups, including pregnant and lactating women and young children. Research-based evidence and programmatic experiences are essential to support stakeholders to restore services and re-orient programs and policies to support better nutrition outcomes.
IFPRI’s Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India (POSHAN), together with the event co-hosts from around South Asia, are pleased to announce a virtual conference on ‘Delivering for Nutrition (D4N) in South Asia: Implementation Research in the Context of COVID-19’ on December 1-2, 2021. D4N 2021 aims to bring together evidence that can inform and support policy and program initiatives in South Asia to prioritize and improve maternal and child nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
This is the first South Asia-focused virtual conference on implementation research, anchored by IFPRI’s flagship nutrition initiative in India, POSHAN. This conference will bring together policymakers, program implementers, and researchers in the South Asia region to consider implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on nutrition programming in the short- and long-term.
With this overarching purpose, the key objectives are to:
- Share evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on maternal and child nutrition
- Highlight adaptations to support implementation of health and nutrition interventions and social safety net programs
- Identify lessons learned from implementing programs to support maternal and child nutrition during the pandemic
The discussions and deliberations emerging from this conference are expected to convey research-based insights to nutrition stakeholders and policymakers to bolster actions for tackling undernutrition in South Asia.
List of co-hosts:
- Aga Khan University (Pakistan)
- IDinsight (South Asia)
- Alive & Thrive (India)
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) (India)
- Helen Keller International (HKI) (Nepal)
- Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) (Sri Lanka)
- International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) (Bangladesh)
- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) (South Asia)
- National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) (India)
- NITI Aayog (India)
- Standing Together for Nutrition (STfN) (Global)
- Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition (SISN) (Global)
- UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) (Regional)
- World Health Organization South-East Asian Regional Office (WHO-SEARO) (Regional)
- World Bank South Asia (Regional)