SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Community Nutrition (SEAMEO TROPMED RCCN), Indonesia

Fiscal Year 2007/2008

The SEAMEO TROPMED RCCN Indonesia has been conducting community involvement programs in the form of training and roll-out training since 1996.

Food safety education is an important means to meet the 1992 International Conference on Nutrition (ICN) endorsement which is "Access to nutritionally and safe foods is a right of each individuals". Strengthening food safety programs and enhancing partnership between all stakeholders - government, private sector, local and international organization -- become a significant endeavour.

Within the collaborative program between SEAMEO TROPMED RCCN Indonesia and ICD (Industry Council for Development), a series of Food Safety Training for Nutritionists and other Health Professionals has conducted since 1996. The two-week course was conducted every year in Jakarta course using the "ICD/WHO/SEAMEO/GTZ Food Safety for Nutritionist and Other Health Professionals" module. The objective of the food safety course is to provide knowledge on the basic principles of food safety, hence they will be able to prevent foodborne illnesses and to ensure foods consumed are safe as well as nutritious.

Roll-out Food Safety Training in Health Polytechnic, 22-24 July 2008, Medan

Since the first time held in 1992, the course already has 313 alumni spread in South East Asia countries and other regions. Up to 2009, 83 trainers from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal and Latin America had participated in the program. A cascade of similar courses has been conducted in other parts of Indonesia as well as in Vietnam, Lao P.D.R, Thailand, Philippines and Latin America.

Building leadership skills among nutritionists in South East Asia region is an important capacity building strategy to address nutrition problems in the communities, especially the poor. The SEAMEO TROPMED RCCN Indonesia hold the South East Asian Nutrition Leadership Program (SEA-NLP) to provide a good platform for building and enhancing the capacity of middle-management level nutritionists towards attaining better health for all.

The SEA-NLP is part of the ENLP (European Nutrition Leadership Program) network. The main objective of the SEA-NLP is to empower nutritionists with post graduate level working in government bodies, research institutes, and academia by providing competencies in effective leadership skills like team building and communication skills. The SEA-NLP also aims to provide forum of networking for nutritionist in the region.

The Participants and Trainers of 6th SEA-Nutrition Leadership Programme,
28 Oct - 1 Nov 2008, Jakarta.

The first SEA-NLP was held in October 2002 with 28 participants from 6 countries. Up to 2008, there are 146 SEA-NLP Alumni, from 11 countries working at universities, Ministry of Health or Ministry of Public Health, Research Institute and others. The program consists of 5-days intensive work with topics on: core of effective leadership, effective communication, team building, and updates in nutrition. The method used classroom and outdoor activities including seminar, discussion, group work, case studies, and role play.

 

Fiscal Year 2009/2010

In the fiscal year of 2009/2010, the Centre has 3 main activities for Community Involvement (two are the continuing activities of the 2008/2009 and one new initiative;

  1. Continue the roll out of food safety training for nutritionists and other health professionals throughout the country in Indonesia,

The objective of the activity, continuing the roll out of food safety training for nutritionists and other health professionals, is to disseminate food safety messages for the prevention of foodborne diseases. The target groups are the final year of nutrition school students and nutritionists at primary health care. It is expected to reach 200 nutrition school students and 50 nutritionists at primary health care in 4 districts in Indonesia. For this activity, the Centre's main partners are the Industry Council for Development (ICD), Health Polytechnics, and Nutrition and District Health Offices.

  1. Continue the 7th South East Asian Nutrition Leadership Program (SEA-NLP)

The objective of the 7th South East Asian Nutrition Leadership Program (SEA-NLP) is to equip middle-level nutritionists with essential leadership, team building, and communication skills.

It is expected that they could contribute actively to solve nutrition problems in their area of work and region. The activity to be implemented is a full 5-day training where the participants could learn, understand and practice essential leadership skills. The number of participants is around twenty five nutritionists working in research institutes, universities, Ministry of Health offices, etc from South East Asian countries. The expected partners for this activity are the European Nutrition Leadership Program (ENLP), nutrition experts, international NGOs etc.

  1. Seminar and workshop on nutrition and food safety for health officials at district level (New initiative)

The objective of the seminar and workshop on nutrition and food safety is to increase awareness and understanding on the importance of nutrition and food safety message dissemination for public. Studies showed that health professionals are the most reliable source of information on health as perceived by the community.

This activity will come up with nutrition and food safety messages to be delivered to the community. Seminar and workshop will be arranged in such a way that participants could have practical session on the delivery of nutrition and food safety messages. The target group of the seminar and workshops are nutritionists, environmental health workers and other health workers at primary health care and district health offices. The expected partners for this activity are SEAMEO BIOTROP, SEAMEO SEAMOLEC, Karawang International Industrial City, and primary health centers and district health offices.