Malnutrition, is a major contributing factor towards increased morbidity and mortality worldwide. It has been estimated that nearly 45% of deaths in children under 5 years of age can be attributed to inadequate nutrition. According to experts, investments in nutrition have a high benefit-cost ratio of 16 to 1.
Malnutrition, is a major contributing factor towards increased morbidity and mortality worldwide. It has been estimated that nearly 45% of deaths in children under 5 years of age can be attributed to inadequate nutrition. According to experts, investments in nutrition have a high benefit-cost ratio of 16 to 1.POLHN has designed a comprehensive free online introduction to nutrition course for nurses and health workers. The course provides information about what defines good nutrition, common nutritional deficiencies, the extent of malnutrition in various population groups, vulnerable demographic groups, causes of malnutrition and undernutrition, and tools and strategies for the measurement of these factors. This is a free introduction to nutrition course that has been adapted from Global Health eLearning (GHeL) Center under a creative commons license and modified according to prevailing trends in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).
After completion of this course, students will be able to understand:
- Basic concepts involving good nutrition
- Major nutritional deficiencies and their relative importance
- Nutrition in terms of a life cycle process and the importance of the crucial "1,000 days" window of opportunity
- Synergistic relationship between infection and nutrition
- Major target groups for nutrition interventions
- Underlying and basic determinants of malnutrition, using the WHO Conceptual Framework
- Rationale and implications of a multisectoral approach for improvement of nutrition results
- Nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions
- Nutrition impact and outcome indicators used in global nutrition programs
- Importance of major international and WHO initiatives and programs for the improvement of nutrition worldwide
Module - 1: Introduction
Module - 2: What is Nutrition?
Module - 3: Definition and Magnitude of Challenges
Module - 4: Vulnerable Groups and Window of Opportunity
Module - 5: Causal Framework of Malnutrition
Module - 6: Overview of "Short Route" Interventions (Part 1)
Module - 7: Overview of "Short Route" Interventions (Part 2)
This focuses in particular on food-based interventions and community growth monitoring.
Module - 8: Nutrition Assessment and Indicators
Module - 9: The Challenge and New Opportunities
Module - 10: Undernutrition in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs)
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This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.
Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.
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POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.
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This free online course for nurses and health workers explains good nutrition, malnutrition and its causes, vulnerable populations and tools and strategies for the measurement of these.
Nutrition - An Introduction
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