In response to the country’s urgent need to reduce chronic malnutrition, THET is working with the University of Zambia to start the country’s first training programme for nutritionists.
“The expertise of lecturers speaks volumes. They have shared with us their knowledge and experiences, which are very practical and will help us solve many of the nutrition problems in Zambia.”
Martin Mzumara, 4th Year BSC student
In 2013, the Government of Zambia (GoZ) launched the “National Food and Nutrition Strategy” and the “First 1000 Most Critical Days Programme.” which aims to significantly reduce chronic malnutrition in young children and increase investment in nutrition and nutrition-sensitive interventions. The GoZ acknowledges that achievement of their objectives is constrained by the shortfall of adequately qualified nutritionists and dieticians in Zambia.
In response to the country’s urgent need for qualified nutritionists and dieticians, in 2011, THET Zambia began supporting the University of Zambia (UNZA) to develop and run a BSc Human Nutrition. Prior to 2011, there was only one diploma-level training course in nutrition available in the country. The BSc is a six-year course that trains students to be a fully qualified nutritionist or dietician, depending on sub-specialisation.
THET Zambia’s support of UNZA’s BSc falls into two phases:
DFID provided three years of core funding to THET Zambia to coordinate local and international experts in curriculum development and delivery, as well as to procure a range of essential physical resources. Some key achievements of Phase 1 include:
Building on the achievements of Phase 1, the goal of the Phase 2 is to continue working towards meeting Zambia’s need for highly qualified nutritionists and dieticians. UNZA will continue to offer the BSc course, and additionally, this Phase 2 will focus on the development and implementation of the MSc Nutrition course. By 2016, the goals of Phase 2 include: