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Quality pre-service training forms the foundation of all nutrition services, equipping health professionals with the competencies required to deliver quality services from day one on the job. However, nutrition content is often outdated and can be difficult to integrate into pre-service training.

In an effort to improve the quality of nutrition services, USAID Advancing Nutrition developed the Tool and Guide for Reviewing the Nutrition Content of Pre-Service Training Curricula and tested it in Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Malawi. The tool can be used by academic institutions, relevant government entities, non-governmental organizations, and donors to help review and improve the nutrition content in existing pre-service training curricula for specific cadres of health workers who provide frontline nutrition services.

In this webinar experts from three countries discussed the challenges of integrating nutrition into pre-service training and their experiences using this tool to meet some of those challenges. Panelists also discussed how to advocate for improved nutrition content in pre-service training.

Webinar Recording

Webinar Resources 

  • Access the slide deck (forthcoming)
  • View the webinar transcript (forthcoming) 


  • Sascha Lamstein (moderator), Senior Nutrition Technical Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition
  • Ann Miceli, Capacity Strengthening Technical Director, USAID Advancing Nutrition
  • Katie Beck, Capacity Strengthening Technical Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition
  • Katherine Owens, MCHN Health Science Specialist, USAID
  • Tursun Mamyrabaeva, Consultant, The Kyrgyz Republic
  • Veronica Quartey, Nutrition Division Director, Ghana Health Services
  • Dorothy Matiki Chizimba, Director of Education and Training, Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi