The problem: Humanity and our planet face serious problems and nutrition is at the epicentre of these. The way that nutrition is generally practiced - unhealthy diets, feeding practices and lifestyles - is the leading cause of disease worldwide, and malnutrition is a problem that persists across the globe. Billions of people suffer malnutrition while >1/3 of all food produced goes to waste. At the same time, our food production/ consumption is causing immense stress to the planet. Meeting the SDGs and relevant international agreements (e.g. Paris-Agreement-targets), to reduce carbon emissions means urgently and fundamentally changing the way we eat/produce food.
Challenges: 1) generally, we don´t know/have access to learning about nutrition, 2) access to reliable information is limited specially to the most vulnerable population groups, 3) we think merely `food` not `nut
rition`, 4) women, who play a central role within nutrition; have often limited/no access to nutritional education, 5) currently, nutrition information is difficult to understand biased/conflicting. People feel that nutritional problems are so complex that they cannot take it in; 6) there are different approaches to nutrition and consensus is difficult as well as to educate on the subject in an engaging manner.
Opportunities: The Health initiatives under the Wiki umbrella are promising to address above challenges while using a series of tools, networks, mechanisms within the Wiki ecosystem. Spreading knowledge & know how on on a life´ essential: Health is plausible, but as there is no health without good nutrition, the latter requires specific attention.
The Wiki-family/Conference has in hand all ingredients to create a perfect meal (smorgasbord) to provide a platform/collaborations with relevant sources, stakeholders, networks, to spread free knowledge, using interactive tools on-and-off-line for the most relevant/needy audiences. According to the Economist, by 2019, half of the population will be connected to the internet…
This session will address the conference theme — Stronger together: Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner: Our focus is Nutrition as this universal and multi-sectoral subject is requisite to health and recognised as a common thread to all SDGs of the Global Agenda 2030 (1). Bringing a platform to nutrition, Wikimedia movement and relevant collaborations can greatly contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. More specificifically: (3) Good Health and Well Being, (4)Quality Education (5) Gender Equality, (9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, (10) Reduced Inequalities, (11) Sustainable cities and communities and of course; (17) Partnerships for the goals.
Specific to nutrition (2): Nutrition is essential for the success of all SDGs. Without adequate and sustained investments in good nutrition, the SDGs will not be realised. The ambition to ‘End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’ is captured in SDG 2, however, at least 12 of the 17 Goals contain indicators that are highly relevant to nutrition.
We cannot be “stronger” nor “together” in a malnourished planet! Malnutrition will represent an often invisible impediment to the successful achievement of the SDGs. Not just from a lack of sufficient and adequately nutritious and safe food, but from a host of intertwined factors linking health, care, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, access to food and resources, women’s empowerment and more.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
1.A proposal on how high quality nutrition and related information, know-how and tools are identified and collated. Sources may not rely merely on voluntary Wikimedians from few worldwide locations, but there may be need of diverse , global sources and qualified sources as well as people narratives that are transformed into accessible-to-all knowledge using the most effective communication means created / about to be created by the Wiki-family and relevant stakeholders.
2. A mini plan of action to achieve the above with a Matrix of potential stakeholders and identification of WikiProject Med where nutrition can be incorporated.
Ana Gerlin Hernández Bonilla - Nutritionist (and other nutrition/health staff with nutrition experience appointed by the Wiki-Helath Community & representative/s of the Health Space / Wiki Project Med Foundation.
A summary of Ana Gerlin Hernández Bonilla Måbeck: a highly-motivated nutritionist, humanitarian, a bit of an artist and social entrepreneur. She has a strong commitment to the social and public good. Ana holds a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Licenciatura in Human Nutrition from the Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala. Lately she ran a short course on Health Coaching for Patient Care at the Institute for Human and Planetary Heatlh, Doane University. Work experience includes around twenty years of humanitarian work worldwide at field, regional and HQ levels at the International Committee of the Red Cross-Geneva (ICRC). During this period Ana was responsible of nutrition, relief/livelihoods related programmes & guidelines for populations intra-muro (prisons, hospitals, institutions) and extra-muro (communities affected by conflict). Her position within the ICRC included field direct work, exploratory assessments, implementation & monitoring of nutrition related programmes. She was also responsible of relief & livelihood support for the Latin America & Caribe and West Africa Regions. Her work and experience were in: Angola, Sierra Leone, the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Hebron), Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Tchad, Senegal, Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Haiti, Honduras, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq. She facilitated the Nutrition module at the HELP course in several locations. From 2012 to 2014, she was Coordinator of all relief & livelihood programs of the ICRC in South Sudan. While in Guatemala, Ana was Head of the Nutrition Department of the Social Welfare Secretariat, responsible for related to nutrition aspects for: a) day care for children of extreme poor families, b) orphanage (managing severe & moderate malnutrition); c) children in conflict with the law. In parallel to this job, Ana ran her own clinic as dietitian in Guatemala. She worked with "Action contra la Faim" in Angola, in charge of a Therapeutic Feeding Centre and did a consultancy mission with the British Red Cross to Honduras. Ana worked as Project Coordinator for the initiative "Fotografiska for Life" at Fotografiska museum in Stockholm and currently is a freelance nutritionist and drafts a nutrition related social venture based in Stockholm/Switzerland: THE NUTRIVERSE.
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
- Lightning talk
- Workshop to identify and try to solve problem or:
- Roundtable discussion forum
- Other: to review with the Health Space / Wiki Project Med Foundation member.
The session will work best with these conditions:
-A meeting room or classroom (size to be established)
-Health Space / Wiki Project Med Foundation members and Wikiipedians / toher believing that everyone deserves access to high quality health information.