This year’s Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange (GHTechX) will take place online from April 21-24. Hosted by USAID, George Washington University, and the Global Health: Science and Practice Journal, the event will bring together experts, students, and professionals to share knowledge and discuss innovative topics in global health. There’s no cost to attend, so anyone with an interest in global health is welcome to participate in any of the planned plenary, concurrent technical, panels, presentations, workshops, and networking sessions. To join the global health community for four days of learning, sharing, and networking, register here.
USAID Advancing Nutrition will lead two sessions on critical issues in gender, diets, and social and behavior change. After you’ve registered for the conference, select an individual session you’d like to attend to RSVP.
Lightning Technical Session*
Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 11:30AM - 12:00PM ET
Implementation research, as well as community engagement, is key to translating nutrition research and experiences into effective programming. While practitioners may agree on the importance of engaging family members in support of mothers and primary caregivers, there is less understanding on how to do this. This session will cover three implementation science experiences with engaging fathers, grandmothers, and other family members for improved child and maternal nutrition. Panelists will highlight implications for practitioners and discuss recommended approaches to engage stakeholders and family members throughout the program cycle, as discussed in new program guidance developed by USAID Advancing Nutrition.
*Lightning technical sessions are pre-recorded sessions, with panelists available via live chat.
Friday, April 23, 2021 from 6:00 - 7:00AM ET
Women and children’s diets are major gaps in global health and nutrition, called out in the 2021 Lancet Series for immediate attention. High quality social and behavior change (SBC) is a key piece of the response. In this session we will share a gap analysis of SBC resources and research for improving women’s diets. We will also introduce participants to a new suite of tools to design, implement, and monitor high quality SBC and practice steps for high-quality SBC in breakout groups. Real-life and real-time case studies from experts in Rwanda and the Kyrgyz Republic will ground the conversation and practice.
Follow the links listed below to explore the suite of practical tools developed by USAID Advancing Nutrition that can help programmers achieve high-quality nutrition SBC:
- Factors That Influence Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Behaviors
- Prioritizing Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Behaviors
- Social and Behavior Change Helps Improve Nutrition
- Social and Behavior Change Do's and Don'ts: Getting It Right for Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Programming
- Defining Social and Behavior Change Competencies for Multi-Sectoral Nutrition: A List for Assessing, Developing, and Evaluating Staff Skills
- Behaviors to Improve Nutrition