Menu ENN Search

Adolescent Nutrition Meeting Report 2021

Author: Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN)
Year: 2021
Resource type: Report

Summary

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines adolescence as the period between 10 and 19 years of age. During this critical phase of life, adolescents experience rapid growth and development which impacts their lifelong health and wellbeing. In addition, the nutritional status of adolescents, and of girls in particular, forms the foundation for healthy growth, development and susceptibility to disease in the next generation. This is particularly relevant in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where 95% of the 12 million global adolescent births occur each year1

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 2 to ‘end hunger’ calls for action towards ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030. However, research and investment to achieve this goal has predominantly focused on children under the age of five years and on pregnant and lactating women with adolescents receiving little attention within the global nutrition agenda.

In 2016, The Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing highlighted a number of gaps in our understanding of how to improve adolescent health and nutrition. These included a lack of data from LMICs, as well as disaggregated data by age groups and gender, the need for more adolescent-focused and/or adolescent-friendly interventions, a global consensus on research priorities and a better understanding of what influences and motivates adolescent behaviour change2. While evidence and programme experience in this area has grown since 2016, a lack of information and consensus on the burden of malnutrition and on successful interventions to improve malnutrition in adolescents remains.

Since the Lancet commission paper in 2016, interest has been growing in adolescent nutrition. A number of international meetings have been held and ENN has coordinated an Interest Group since 2017, which currently has 70 members. In the group’s regular discussions, it was considered an important time to bring together researchers, academics, practitioners and young people for a two-day virtual meeting on adolescent nutrition. While understanding that virtual meetings need to be shorter than in-person events, the aim of the meeting was to understand the current state of research and programmatic responses related to the nutrition of adolescents and to discuss plans for the future. It was organised by ENN, UNICEF and Save the Children with funding support from Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs. The meeting had two main objectives:

  1. To share information on some of the latest research and operational initiatives in adolescent nutrition
  2. To explore priorities for assessing and improving adolescent nutrition across policies and programming

Two presentations were given each day, followed by a panel discussion. On the first day, the subject of the panel discussion was ‘Youth engagement in adolescent nutrition’ and it was moderated and attended by youth representatives.

The webinar was very well attended with a large number of participants (n = 505) from all world regions. The majority were from Africa (42%), Europe (20%) and North America (17%). Participants worked across a range of sectors including non-governmental organisations (NGOs) (42%), UN organisations (17%) and academic institutions (16%) with global representation across these sectors.

 

The video recordings and available slides from the webinar are available online here.

Read more...

1 https://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/events/2008/mdg5/adolescent_preg.pdf?ua=1

2 Patton, G C, Sawyer, S M, Santelli J S, Ross, D A, Afifi, R, Allen, N B, et al. Our future: A Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing. The Lancet [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2018 Mar 13]; 387:2423–78. Available from: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)00579-1/abstract

Download

Adolescent-Meeting-Report-8Apr2021.pdf (PDF, 7.7mb)

More like this

Video: Adolescent Nutrition: Current Progress and Looking Ahead

Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN), UNICEF and Save the Children hosted a two-days virtual meeting on 9th and 10th February 2021 on 'Adolescent Nutrition: Current Progress...

Adolescent Nutrition

Donors: Irish Aid Collaborators: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Save the Children ENN project lead and contact: Emily Mates Timeframe: until end...

Resource: Adolescent nutrition mapping study: A global stakeholder survey of policies, research, interventions and data gaps

Executive summary Nutrition in school-aged children and adolescents can significantly impact lifelong health and wellbeing as well as national economic growth and the health...

FEX: Adolescent nutrition mapping study: A global stakeholder survey of policies, research, interventions and data gaps

View this article as a pdf Summary of research1 Nutrition in school-aged children and adolescents can significantly impact lifelong health and wellbeing as well as the...

NEX: Breaking the cycle of malnutrition: Designing an adolescent programme in Nepal

Lisez cet article en français ici View this article as a pdf Min Raj Gyawali is the Senior Manager for Health Services with the Suaahara II programme in...

FEX: Adolescent Nutrition: Policy and programming in SUN+ countries

Summary of report1 This summary was prepared by Emily Mates (ENN) who undertook the review as an independent consultant together with Tanya Khara (independent), with the...

NEX: Harnessing the power of youth leaders: Speaking out on adolescent nutrition and child marriage

Lisez cet article en français ici View this article as a pdf 'Youth power' is being harnessed around the world as an effective nutrition advocacy tool. ENN interviewed...

NEX: Meeting the health and nutrition needs of adolescents and youth in Ethiopia

View this article as a pdf Lisez cet article en français ici Meseret Zelalem is a paediatrician and Director of the Maternal and Child Health Directorate of the...

FEX: Adolescent Nutrition Interest Group meeting

A one-day meeting of the Adolescent Nutrition Interest Group (ANIG) was held in London on 12 December 2017. The meeting was co-hosted by Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN),...

FEX: Adolescent nutrition in Mozambique: putting policy into practice

Research By Erin Homiak Erin Homiak MPH is seconded to SETSAN Manica as Nutrition Advisor. Her role is funded by UKaid/DFID. She has been working for Concern Worldwide since...

FEX: Action Against Hunger Research for Nutrition conference, 2017

By Miriam Ait-Aissa and Stephanie Stern Myriam Ait-Aissa is currently Head of Research and Analyses at Action Against Hunger - France (Action contre la Faim). She has been...

FEX: Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale

Research Location: Global What we know already: There have been major improvements in child survival over the last 30 years. A major focus of the 2030 Sustainable Development...

FEX: The Lancet/AUB Joint Commission on Syria: Health in Conflictmailt

Summary of article1 Location: Syria What we know: The ongoing war in Syria has led to huge costs in terms of lives lost, with gross violations of international law and...

ENN Latest

Wasting 'Reset' Synthesis now available in French. Read here. Crises alimentaires récurrentes en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre : l'approche «...

FEX: Results and lessons learned from WFP’s efforts to support adolescent girls in Niger

By Alexandra Pirola, Benedict Tabiojong Mbeng and Mica Jenkins View this article as a pdf Lisez cet article en français ici Benedict Tabiojong Mbeng is Head of...

FEX: Maternal Nutrition in Emergencies: technical review and round table discussion

By Emily Mates and Tanya Khara Emily Mates is a Technical Director with the ENN. Tanya Khara worked as an ENN consultant on the project. Through the INSPIRE consortium, the...

en-net: Webinar: The cost and affordability of EAT–Lancet reference diet

In Jan. 2019 the EAT-Lancet Commission report published the world's first global reference diet, designed to guide food systems towards healthier and more environmentally...

FEX: Tackling the double burden of malnutrition in low and middle-income countries: response of the international community

Research By Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera is a Humanitarian Nutrition Adviser with Save the Children. She has ten years of experience of public...

FEX: Improving nutritional outcomes of rural households through a community-based approach in Ethiopia

This article has been updated since the original version was published in March 2020. View this article as a pdf Lisez cet article en français ici By Haimanot Abebe,...

Management of small and nutritionally at risk infants under six months and their mothers (MAMI)

Click here for the MAMI Care Pathway Click here for the MAMI Global Network Strategy for 2021-2025 What is MAMI? MAMI stands for the Management of small &...

Close

Reference this page

Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) (2021). Adolescent Nutrition Meeting Report 2021. www.ennonline.net/adolescentnutritionmeetingreport2021

(ENN_7006)

Close

Download to a citation manager

The below files can be imported into your preferred reference management tool, most tools will allow you to manually import the RIS file. Endnote may required a specific filter file to be used.