Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine: Child Nutrition

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) was the first institution in the world dedicated to research and teaching in the field of tropical medicine and as we approach our 115th anniversary, we continue to be a leading international institution in the fight against infectious, debilitating and disabling diseases.  As a registered charity, we work in over 60 countries worldwide, often in very difficult circumstances, to fulfil our mission of reducing the burden of sickness and mortality in disease endemic countries through the delivery of effective interventions which improve human health and are relevant to the poorest communities.

LSTM is conducting a course on Child Nutrition from 7-17 April 2015 in the United Kingdom.

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of nutrition as central to clinical and preventive paediatrics and child health. An evidence-based approach is taken to explain the main priorities in applied nutrition relevant to low resource settings in the context of both hospital and community settings.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the normal phases of growth in children and recognise the importance of nutrition at key stages;
  • Use standard growth charts, computer software and biochemical indices to measure children and assess their nutritional status;
  • Define and use appropriately key terms (e.g. stunting, wasting, growth failure);
  • Discuss the common nutritional disorders affecting children in the tropics;
  • Analyse causative factors and preventative strategies relevant to both medical and sociological factors in chosen health situations; and
  • Design and implement appropriate strategies for the management of acute malnutrition in the home, in the community and in hospital.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who works in the fields of international child health would find this course useful.

Course Outline

The syllabus of the course is divided into the following main nutritional themes:

Nutrition and health in the context of the mother and child:

This includes a full discussion on how maternal nutritional status affects the foetus, newborn baby and infant. There is a focus on issues related to fetal growth, breast milk and breast feeding and how changes in maternal behaviour can benefit or adversely affect her child. Examples will be used which include maternal anaemia (and its related nutritional causes) and maternal dietary practices in relation to recommended dietary allowances. These will be used to explain the importance of maternal nutrition for child health. The knowledge can be applied in other parts of the module in relation to nutritional intervention strategies.

Assessment of nutritional status:

This important topic will be addressed through discussion on frequently used definitions and how these are derived and applied in nutritional assessment. Data will be presented for analysis with reference to growth monitoring practices. The biochemical assessment of malnutrition will be considered with evaluation on how these components relate to current theories on the pathogenesis of malnutrition in children. Specific examples will be taken addressing vitamin deficiencies and bone mineralisation, folate metabolism, and protein-energy malnutrition. Sometime will be given to methodologies related to dietary assessments.

Aetiology and prevention of malnutrition in children:

This theme addresses causative factors and preventive strategies relevant to the problem of malnutrition in children. It considers feeding practices including breast feeding and complementary feeding and over-nutrition. Information is presented as a basis for synthesising components into a practical model for designing and implementing nutrition interventions. This relates to a discussion of the sociological and medical approaches to understanding community nutritional status

Diagnosis and management of severe malnutrition:

As the clinical diagnosis of severe acute malnutrition is central for effective treatment this is considered in detail within the framework of the WHO Training Manual. Students should be able to apply this essential knowledge in the context of nutritional rehabilitation in either a hospital or community setting, or through nutrition rehabilitation units. Gaps in nutritional knowledge are also discussed.

Cost: £1 150

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Event Start Date: 
Tuesday, 7 April, 2015
Event End Date: 
Friday, 17 April, 2015
Event Venue: 
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
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