Report of AGS-Net participation in SCN 2004 Annual Session
Four members of African Graduate Nutrition Students Network (Mensah-Homiah (Cornell - Ghana), Nkosinathi Mbuya (Cornell – Zimbabwe), Joseph Mutuku (Jomo Kenyatta University – Kenya) and Mduduzi Mbuya (Cornell – Zimbabwe) participated in the 31st SCN annual meeting. The delegation made a presentation entitled, "Improved and Sustained Capacity Development – a necessity to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Africa" at the SCN's Capacity Development Working Group. Among the Working Group's recommendations: "The WG recommend that efforts be directed to assure the active participation of AGS-NET members at the upcoming 2005 Durban meeting, assist them to link to under- and postgraduate students of nutrition in Africa and the Diaspora, support efforts to enhance access to primary research literature, and continue close working relationships so that the WG may assist AGS-NET with the priority areas identified by the student group."
ASIAN CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE (CASNA)
Dr. Emorn Wasantwisut
Members of the Capacity Strengthening in Nutrition in Asia (CASNA) task force met on 26-27 August 2004, at the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India to review progress and program upcoming activities for 2005. These include the Advanced Nutrition Leadership Workshop and the Asian Food Safety Conference. The Advanced Nutrition Leadership Workshop will be held in early March 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Funding has been secured from WHO/WPRO, UNICEF, FAO and UNU. Task Force members from China (X.Yang) and India (V.Prakash) will prepare the proposal for CASNA's food safety activities for the UNU Council's consideration.
ELLISON MEDICAL FOUNDATION
Dr. Nevin Scrimshaw
The Ellison Medical Foundation – International Nutrition Foundation Fellowship Program in Nutrition and Infection continued the third year of a 5-year, 5-million dollar grant from the Ellison Medical Foundation (EMF) for fellowships to improve the capacity of selected developing country institutions. There are currently over twenty fellows enrolled in the program from over twenty different institutions. Four students successfully completed their fellowships in 2004. The project is fully funded by the Ellison Medical Foundation.
General Conference of the Network:
The Network's inaugural conference is scheduled for 2005. It is being planned in collaboration with the International Union of Nutritional Sciences Congress in Durban, South Africa. The AGSN is searching for funds to enable members who will be presenting at the Congress and who will participate in the AGSN inaugural conference to travel to South Africa.