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World Nutrition Congress 2016: Addressing the double burden of malnutrition in a globalised world

Published April 14, 2016, by Mologadi Makwela


The 2nd edition of the World Public Health Nutrition Association’s (WPHNA) World Nutrition Congress, takes place at a time of unprecedented challenges in population nutrition. The Global South is experiencing a rapid ‘nutrition transition’, where an increasing number of Southern countries are faced with a ‘double burden’ of malnutrition, persisting high levels of chronic undernutrition and escalating rates of overweight and obesity, with their accompanying diseases.

The theme of this year’s congress aims to highlight ways to address the double burden of malnutrition in a globalised world. Researchers, policymakers, students, and activists will come together from different fields ranging from land and agriculture, through to dietetics, food retail and advertising, health systems, and nutritional outcomes.

Attendees & participants will be treated to scientific presentations, critical debates and planned actions by internationally recognized researchers and leaders in their field. Confirmed keynote presenters  include:

It is a conference well worth attending!

The closing date for abstract submission for oral presentations, poster presentations, and workshops is extended to 17 April 2016.  All abstracts are to be submitted under a theme that best fits your topic.  Visit our website or email for information about abstract submission and registration guidelines, as well as planning your trip.

Early Bird Registration – up to 10% discount on registration fees – closes on 27 May.

The 2016 Conference is co-hosted by UWC, the School of Public Health at UWC, and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security. Hosting the WPHNA congress in South Africa has the potential to inform key policy makers and researchers and significantly shape the food and nutrition policy landscape in South African and Africa.

Places are limited to 1 200, so booking is essential. For more information, visit Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter  @wncapetown2016 or @FoodSecurity_za to engage with us, stay connected receive up to date information about the Conference #WorldNutritionCT

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