McGill Global Health Programs (GHP) is pleased to partner with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Amref Health Africa for a webinar that will explore the impact of the current pandemic on nutrition and community-based nutrition programming and partnerships in African settings. Moderated by Holly Piepenburg, Outreach Coordinator at the Pulitzer Center, the webinar will include an expert panel as follows:
- Lori Hinnant, Journalist, Associated Press
- Joyce Murerwa, Global Technical Lead, Nutrition and NCDs, Amref Health Africa
- Grace Marquis, Associate Professor, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University
The GHP webinar on "Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Nutrition in African Settings" was held online on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST.
For more information or any questions, please email ghp.med [at] mcgill.ca
About our speakers:
- Based in Paris, Lori Hinnant has reported throughout Europe, North Africa and Iraq, Mideast, combining data-journalism with deeply personal reporting to document the wide-ranging effects of migration and terrorism. She uncovered a global drive to raise ransoms for hundreds of Christians detained by the Islamic State group, and documented the unreported deaths of thousands of migrants around the world. During the global pandemic, she's reported from Paris on the long-term effects of hunger, the shortage of oxygen access in poor countries, and the lack of quality refrigeration for coronavirus vaccines in the developing world.
- Joyce Murerwa has 15 years of global public health and nutrition experience in over 10 countries, employing multi-sectoral and community-based participatory approaches to addressing nutrition disparities in women and children. As a nutrition expert, she has worked at multiple levels of global health and nutrition, and food systems; in policy; research; emergency relief; development; workforce capacity development; health systems strengthening; - from local to global levels. She has worked in development settings, led the response to nutrition issues in refugee settings, and developed policies for nutrition, education, and disaster management in various countries. She has held different positions in the UN and INGOs.
Joyce holds a Master’s degree in Public Health & Epidemiology (MPHE) and BSc (Food, Nutrition and Dietetics) from Kenyatta University. She possesses additional professional qualifications from the John's Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, North-West University, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), International School of Agricultural Sciences - Hebrew University, University of Sussex (IDS) and London International Development Centre.
She is currently working with the HQ’s Technical Support Unit in AMREF Health Africa as the Global Technical Lead, Nutrition and NCDs with her main role being: to strengthen capacities in different country offices for quality programming; facilitate programmatic alignment with the overall organizational mission and vision, and contribute to nutrition’s portfolio growth through technically sound and visible projects and business development, among others.
- Dr. Grace Marquis is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Nutrition at McGill University. She received her doctorate in international nutrition from Cornell University. Her research career began almost 40 years ago at the Nutrition Research Institute in Lima, Peru. In 1999, her research group began working in Ghana, West Africa. The long-term collaborations in both countries continue today. Her community-based research has examined determinants of diet and nutritional status of infants and young children living in poverty and the means by which families, communities, and societies can intervene to promote optimal feeding and caregiving. Her research group develops cross-sector, integrated strategies that support child health and growth, with a special focus on those living in rural communities. The long-term collaboration with the University of Ghana led to the building of the Nutrition Research and Training Centre, a permanent structure in the Eastern Region of Ghana that houses research projects and training opportunities for local and international graduate students and interns. Dr. Marquis was Canadian Research Chair in Social and Environmental Aspects of Nutrition for 10 years and received a Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa, for her contribution to tertiary education from the University of Ghana in 2013.
- Holly Piepenburg is the Pulitzer Center's Outreach Coordinator and a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she studied Radio, Television and Digital Media. Prior to June 2019, she worked as a producer at an ABC affiliate in southern Illinois and the news director of River Region Evening Edition, SIU’s award-winning, student-run broadcast. In 2017, Piepenburg was granted a student fellowship through the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium program, and in 2018, she contributed to Taken: Civil Asset Forfeiture, a collaborative reporting project supported by the Pulitzer Center.
Deadline: Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 9:00 AM EST