Antigua and Barbuda and other Caribbean islands are set to benefit from an online course on Regional Food Security and Nutrition Surveillance organized by CARPHA.
CARPHA said food security and nutrition surveillance systems (FNSS) are critical to public health as “they provide information for immediate and medium to long term decision-making relating to the nutritional risk factors, nutritional status and nutrition-related diseases and disorders in a country’s population”
The organization also used the opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to support its Member States in developing and strengthening existing food security and nutrition surveillance systems, “by launching a self-paced, asynchronous online Regional Food Security and Nutrition Surveillance Course”
Executive Director of CARPHA Dr. Joy St. John, said “the course can help develop and strengthen FNSS.CARPHA wants our MS to have a strong evidence base and capacity for the measurement of outcomes of national programs towards the achievement of regional and global targets,”
The course is also expected to equip participants with appropriate skills to address food and nutrition-related challenges, and provide guidelines for embarking on strengthening food security and nutrition surveillance systems in CARPHA Member States.
Participants are expected to complete four modules including Sustainability of surveillance systems, understanding surveillance systems; and developing the food and nutrition surveillance system;
The launch of the Regional Food Security and Nutrition Surveillance Course took place on February 6th, 2023 and was attended by 25 CARPHA staff, and representatives of 15 CARPHA Member States.
The other participating countries are Anguilla; Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados; Cayman Islands; Curacao; Belize; British Virgin Islands; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; Sint Maarten; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St.Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Turks and Caicos; and Trinidad and Tobago.