Miscellaneous : contacts and addresses
Nutrition in FAO Florence Egal 28.08.97
Hearth program - Basics & Worldrelief Michael H.N.Golden 02.10.97
Country profiles and electronic databases Dominique Bounie 22.11.97
Electronic database (cont'd) Dominique Bounie 22.11.97
USAid request for information on Vitamin A Emily Wainwright 26.08.97

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 10:00:00 +0002

From: "Egal, Florence (ESNP)" <Florence.Egalatfao.org>

Subject: Nutrition in FAO


Some people may not be familiar with FAO activities related for information and may therefore be interested in the following information.

1. The Food and Nutrition Division of FAO has a Website which contains information about nutrition and food quality and safety. It includes ESN publications, meeting information, etc. Items appear in English, French and Spanish. People can link to our site using the URL below.


2. You may communicate with our division using a general e-mail address: <nutritionatfao.org>. This goes to our registry and then is directed to relevant staff as with any other mail.

3. We produce a journal called Food, Nutrition and Agriculture which publishes articles in English, French and Spanish. The journal is available free of charge. For subscriptions, you can write to <FNAatfao.org> Our next issue (coming out at the end of September) will be entitled "From Famine to Food Security". It describes FAO and other approaches to dealing with nutrition problems during relief and rehabilitation after emergencies. This issue will be available on the Web and in print.

We are glad to be on ngo.nut list and welcome the opportunities to discuss issues, exchange information and hopefully also contribute to your work.

Have a nice day.


Florence Egal

Nutrition Programmes Service, Food and Nutrition Division, FAO

via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome Italy

tel (+39) 6 570.53126, fax (+39) 6 570.54593

email florence.egalatfao.org

Thu, 2 Oct 1997 16:36:26 +0100 (BST)

From: Michael Golden <m.goldenatabdn.ac.uk>

Subject: Hearth program - Basics & Worldrelief


Fellow Ngonuts,

There seem to be a lot of us who do not know about the Hearth program. Basics and WorldRelief (USAID funded) have published a report of this program: "Wollinka O, Keeley E, Burkhalter BR, Bashir N. (eds) 1997; Hearth Nutrition Model: Applications in Haiti, Vietnam and Bangladesh", which I believe is available from the Basics office (infoctratbasics.org). CSS, WRC, HAS, SCF and PANP are all involved in these programs.

I have had a chance to review this report. It is exciting and I recommend that all interested in community treatment of malnutriton should read it. The program arose out of the Berggren's experiences in Haiti. In essence, local volunteers are trained to run the program, then typical local mothers who have children who have grown well and yet have the same resources and use the same markets as the mothers of malnourished children are used to agree upon a diet. Malnourished children are then brought to these mothers houses for two weeks where they are given a meal prepared by the positivly devient mother from local ingredients. Children are then followed up at 4 and 8 weeks. Those that do not respond are referred for investigation of an underlying pathology.

There are modifications to the program in the three countries. However the results are quite consistant: there is a steady decline in the prevalence of malnutrition in the villages, over one or two yars, where the program has been implemented. In Haiti this seems to be due to prevention in deterioration of moderately malnourished children, whereas in Vietnam and Bangladesh even severely malnourished children respond. The criteria of malnutrition are based upon weight-for-age, which will predominantly represent stunting -chronic undernutriton. It would be very interesting to monitor some of these childrens gain in length by knemometry to see if stunting was indeed being reversed.

These results open a new door the management of chronic malnutrition; although there is a tremendous amount of work to still be done, the biological (nutritional) reasons for the responses determined, and the differences between the program results explained.

Nevertheless, this is a landmark.

Perhaps Bart Burkhalter will respond to any questions that you have about the details of the programs or the results that have been obtained.

Best wishes,


Prof. Michael H.N.Golden

Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997

From: Dominique.Bounieatuniv-lille1.fr (Dominique Bounie)

Subject: Country profiles and electronic databases


1- Please find below a short description of the "International Documentation Network on the Great Lakes Region" which aims at collecting and diffusing strategic information on this region (Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzanie, ex-Zaire, Uganda...) More detailed information may be found in the attached document "RDI.doc" (Word6 format)

3 CD-Roms have already been published. The 4th release is about to be published. We are looking for any field information concerning this area : reports, letters, studies, surveys, etc...

As field practitionists, some of you could efficiently provide such valuable information, that could be further shared by the international community through this project.

Please do not hesitate to send me any information that could be relevant to this region : presently, we lack of technical documents concerning food and nutrition aspects (we are already recovering the periodic releases from WFP, DHA-IRIN, UNHCR concerning Great Lakes Crisis)


2- A lot of information about country profiles is today available on Internet. As an exemple, I enclose - in the attached document "Internet.doc" (Word 6 format) - a list of addresses of agencies, NGOs, accademics, news and media working in the Great Lakes Region. In this list, you will find full addresses and personal contacts of these organisations with, when available, Internet addresses where to contact them and repatriate valuable information.

I prepared this list for our "International Documentation Network". Please let me know any errors that you detected or any complementary information that could be added


3- I am developping a database about people and organisations involved in development and emergency projects (not restricted to Great Lakes Region !) :

international agencies
inter)governmental agencies
news and media
private companies

This database is developped with Microsoft Access with a very-friendly environment, enabling its use by non-computerists.

I intend to implement very soon this database on Internet for free on-line consultation or downloading (run-time version).

I already collected more than 600 addresses. I would be interested to update the present database with the full identification of your organizations : organization name and acronym, full address, Email and Internet address, contacts, type of activity (Intl agency, NGOs, ...)

Those interested may send me this information to my personal Email


"A bientot" and thank you




An international and inter-universities program aiming at collecting and editing "grey literature" documents about recent events and about economic, social and politic prospective for the region.

Countries of interest : Burundi, Rwanda & the regional context : Kenya, Ouganda, Tanzania and Zaire .

The aim is to make the highest possible amount of documents available for leaders, academics, representants of the civil society and of NGO's in those countries, as well as in northern Universities and research centers.

Information will be widely dispatched at field-level, on an easy to store and to consult medium. Technical choice : periodic production of CD-ROM, each of them containing thousands of text pages. Origin of the documents : reports and technical documents in relationship with the development ;public reports from international institutions & NGO's , from governments, political parties, confessional organisations ; letters, studies and reports from personalities and researchers ; communications from the civil society.

The documents are either scanned or re-typed before being recorded in a file making them readable on any MacIntosh or PC (Dos or Windows) computer with minimum specifications required.

Working languages (depending from the original documents) : English, French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi (including English & French abstracts for the documents in local languages). > Funding : UNESCO, Swiss Agency for Cooperation & Development (SDC), Ministry of Cooperation (France), Regional Council of "Nord-Pas-de-Calais" (France).

Operational cooperation : Network's universities + UNESCO, SDC, DHA, HCR, PNUD.

Juridical status: foundation under swiss law with a Foundation's Council, an Executive Board and a Scientific

Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997

From: Dominique.Bounieatuniv-lille1.fr (Dominique Bounie)

Subject: Electronic database (cont'd)


Refering to my previous Email (Country profiles and electronic databases) , those who want to enlist in the database that I intend to implement on Internet will find below a reply form.

Please drag and drop it in the body of your Email answer and mail it to me :


Thank you


Organization acronym :

Organization full name :

Department :


Main activity (please tick the appropriate line)

Academics/Research :

International agency :

(Inter)governmental agency :

News/media :


Private company (+ field of activity) :

Other :


Address :

Street and n, P.O Box :

City + postal code :

Country :

Tel (with international + area code) :

Fax :

Email :

Internet address :


Contact 1 :

Surname and given name :

Function :

Extension number(tel) + personal Email :


Contact 2 :

Surname and given name :

Function :

Extension number(tel) + personal Email :


Contact 3 :

Surname and given name :

Function :

Extension number(tel) + personal Email :


Contact 4 :

Surname and given name :

Function :

Extension number(tel) + personal Email :


Contact 5 :

Surname and given name :

Function :

Extension number(tel) + personal Email :


Dominique Bounie

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 97 17:23:24 -24000

From: "Emily Wainwright" <ewainwrightatusaid.gov>



The United States Agency for International Development is looking at intensifying vitamin A activities with the long-term goal of expanding vitamin A Child Survival activities in National programs. This effort is being coordinated by Dr. Frances Davidson from USAID's Office of Health and Nutrition.

To learn more about current vitamin A activities, Dr. Davidson is interested in receiving information about vitamin A programs around the world. Presently, she is not looking for extensive information, but a very basic description of activities. This information would include:

A) The name and location of vitamin A projects

B) What activities are in place, including supplementation, fortification, home gardening, education, surveillance etc. Also, include any vitamin A activities that may be integrated, but not the primary focus, such as a health school that has one module on vitamin A. Note efforts integrated with the population or private sector.

c) Indicate if it is program versus research activity.

D) If possible give an estimate of the funding supporting these efforts, the source and the project time frame.

E) For future reference include any vitamin A opportunities that may exist or are developing (I.e. Start of a national nutrition project or private sector interest in food fortification).

We appreciate any information you can provide. If you know of other vitamin A activities in your area, any contact information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. We are trying to put this information together quickly and will be happy to share the findings with you. If possible please respond by September 2. Send your response by fax or email to the following contact person:

Ellen Coates
Phone: (202) 712-5402, Fax: (202) 216-3046
email: ecoatesatusaid.gov

Please note this is not the return email address for this document.