Webinar: The Double Burden of Malnutrition in South Africa: A Rights-Based Approach to Reducing Diet-Related Non-Communicable Diseases [26 October 2021]

The Socio-Economic Rights Project at the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape, invites you to its first webinar in a series on the ‘Legal Frameworks Around Diet-Related Non-Communicable Diseases in South Africa’. This two-part series is organised by the Socio-Economic Rights Project at the Dullah Omar Institute, in partnership with the Global Center for Legal Innovation on Food Environments at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC.
  • When Oct 26, 2021 from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM (Africa/Johannesburg / UTC200)
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THE DOUBLE BURDEN OF MALNUTRITION IN SOUTH AFRICA: A RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH TO REDUCING DIET-RELATED NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

 

 

The rising double burden of malnutrition in South Africa highlights the stark reality for many low- and middle- incomes countries, where undernutrition and overweight, obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) co-exist within households, communities and society at large. Where discourse around malnutrition has often revolved around the various forms of undernutrition, this growing double burden cannot be ignored and increased attention should be placed on its implications for the understanding of safe and nutritious food and access thereof.   

As South Africa struggles to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, this webinar aims to spark meaningful conversations on the importance of strengthening health systems, which have already been stretched to respond to a myriad of health-related burdens. It will explore the concept of double-duty actions, positioning an equitable food system as central not only to tackling undernutrition, but also to reducing diet-related NCDs and improving health outcomes across the board. In the same line, it will address interventions aimed at reducing diet-related NCDs from a rights-based perspective, connecting them to the overarching goal of strengthening health systems. Finally, it will consider the relationship between prevention and treatment in the context of actions taken by the national government, weighing in on the policies and strategies taken thus far. 

This webinar seeks to provide a platform to the ongoing debate about the double burden of malnutrition in South Africa, as well as help identify appropriate solutions. It equally hopes to extend the conversation to multisectoral approaches in reducing diet-related NCDs going forward.

 

Programme:

 Introduction

Paula Knipe, Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape

 Panellists

(15 minutes each)

 Nzama Mbalati (Programme Manager, Healthy Living Alliance)

Food Systems and Non-Communicable Diseases: A Case for Championing Food Equity

 Professor Oscar Cabrera (Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Professor of Law at Georgetown University)

Strengthening Health Systems: A Rights-Based Approach to Diet-Related Non-Communicable Diseases

 Jeanne-Marie Tucker (Senior Technical Advisor, Health Financing, Clinton Health Access Initiative)

Designing a National Health System That Responds to the Double Burden of Malnutrition

Q & A (30 minutes)

Paula Knipe, Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape

Closing remarks

 

Professor Ebenezer Durojaye, Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape

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