The Australia Award South West Asia :“Promoting Multi- Sectoral Approaches to Nutrition (Pakistan)” was 4 weeks short course delivered by Griffith University Australia. This course was offered first time only for Pakistan. Total 25 participants selected from all provinces . Out of 25 participants 2 PNDS members Dr Nilofer Safdar Fatimi and Ms Ayesha Khalid among the final participants from Sindh. The main aim of the program was to develop Return To Work Plan from knowledge and expertise gathered during their stay in Australia. The short course covered the outline of organisational and systemic factors that influence the effectiveness of multi-Sectoral nutrition programming, propose interventions that provide local and provincial agencies and associated community based organisations with the ability to function as planners and service providers for improved nutrition outcomes and had focused to enhance skills in Professional Leadership, Nutrition Advocacy, Stakeholder consultation and team building for effective nutrition- specific or nutrition sensitive program. The course was delivered through lectures, interactive workshops and site visits in Australia.
3 PNDS members were selected Ms Fayza Khan,from The Kidney Centre PGTI & President PNDS ,Nida Jawed ,from DUHS, Sumaira Naseem, Public Health Nutritionist was given best presentation award for presenting her study on “ Exploring sociocultural factors related to diet and physical activity from women from India and Pakistan living in Brisbane :A pilot study”.
In collaboration with three UK nutrition partners, Dr Nilofer Fatimi Safdar, founder member and two time president of Pakistan Nutrition & Dietetic Society won the British Council and Higher Education Commission Pakistan Funded Research Grant along with her UK & Pakistani partners to hold a 4-day workshop in Pakistan. This workshop provided an excellent opportunity for 35 early career nutrition researchers from United Kingdom and Pakistan to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations