In June 2014, SPRING delegates attended the Micronutrient Forum—a global conference that brings together specialists from a wide array of sectors who share an interest in reducing micronutrient malnutrition, including researchers, policymakers, program implementers, and the private sector—and highlighted the work and results from SPRING's global- and country-level portfolios through two sponsored symposia and a number of short presentations.
On June 2, SPRING hosted a Sponsored Symposium, Making Inferences about Food and Nutrient Intakes from Household Consumption and Expenditures Surveys (HCES), where a panel of presenters assessed the relevance, reliability and limitations of HCES for analyzing food and nutrition matters, provided empirical comparative analyses of household and individual nutrient intakes derived from HCES and other dietary assessment methods, and addressed a potential reform agenda for strengthening the applications of HCES.
On June 4, SPRING hosted a Sponsored Symposium, Using a Multisectoral Approach to Reduce Maternal and Child Anemia: Best Practices and Lessons Learned, where a panel of presenters raised the profile and visibility of maternal and child anemia programs, shared best practices of multisectoral anemia programming in select countries, and discussed how countries define a multisectoral platform for anemia reduction and what approaches they have put in place to strengthen anemia prevention and control programs.
Making Inferences about Food and Nutrient Intakes from Household Consumption and Expenditures Surveys (HCES)
Date: Monday, June 2 - 14:00 - 15:30
Room: CR 6
Panel Chairs: Omar Dary, USAID; Ken Brown, UC Davis/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys (HCES): A Tool for Better Understanding Food and Nutrition Issues (PDF, 1.7 MB) - Jack Fiedler, SPRING/IFPRI
- Using HCES Food Acquisition Data to Better Understand Dietary Patterns: A Nigerian Case Study (PDF, 1.1 MB) - Odilia Bermudez, Tufts University School of Medicine
- Individual Energy and Nutrient Intake from a 24-Hour and 7-day Recall: Comparing Estimates Using the 2011/2012 Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey (PDF, 1.6 MB) - Celeste Sununtnasuk, SPRING/IFPRI
- Exploring the Use of HCES to Assess Diet Quality and Population Level in Guatemala, with a Special Focus on Maternal and Infant Groups (PDF, 1.12 MB) - Manolo Mazariegos, Nutrition Institute of Central America and Panama (INCAP)
Using a Multisectoral Approach to Reduce Maternal and Child Anemia: Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Date: Wednesday, June 4 - 19:00 - 21:00
Room: CR 3
Panel Chair: Anu Narayan, SPRING/HKI
- The Importance of a Multisectoral Approach for Anemia Reduction (PDF, 993 KB) - Rolf Klemm, HKI
- Building on Uganda's Progress in Reducing Anemia: From Evidence to Action (PDF, 1.2 MB) - Sarah Ngalombi, Ministry of Health, Uganda
- Using Community Systems to Reduce Anemia: The Case of Nepal (PDF, 862 KB) - Dr. Shyam Raj Upreti, Child Health Division, Ministry of Health, Nepal
- Assessing Anemia Causes & Interventions at the District Level (PDF, 1.7 MB) - Robin Houston, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.
Iron-folic Acid Distribution and Consumption through Antenatal Care: Identifying Barriers Across Countries (PDF, 1.3 MB) - Celeste Sununtnasuk, SPRING/IFPRI
Session: Disseminating New Tools and Directions in Program Monitoring
Date: Wednesday, June 4 - 16:00 - 17:30
Room: CR 2
Linking Agriculture to Micronutrient Nutrition: Early Efforts from Feed the Future (PDF, 400 KB) - Lidan Du, SPRING
Session: Integrating Micronutrients into Agricultural Programs
Date: Thursday, June 5 - 10:30 - 12:00
Room: CR 1
Designing Food Fortification Programs Using Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys (HCES): A Bangladesh Example (PDF 2.17 MB) - Jack Fiedler, SPRING/IFPRI
Session: Using National Data Systems for Decision Making and Outcome Monitoring
Date: Friday, June 6 - 10:30 - 12:00
Room: CR 1