chaired by Professor Mark Hanson
Professor Mark Hanson, UK – Chair
Dr Ronald Ma, Hong Kong – Co-Chair
Professor Chittaranjan Purandare - Ex officio, India
Dr Irene Cetin, Italy
Dr Ricardo Fescina, Uruguay
Dr Torvid Kiserud, Norway
Dr Bert Koletzko, Germany
Dr Fionnuala McAuliffe, Ireland
Dr Shane Norris, South Africa
Dr Emily Oken, USA
Dr Lucilla Poston, UK
Dr Chittaranjan Yajnik, India
Adolescent, Preconception and Maternal Nutrition Initiative and Working Group
Duration: Adolescent, Preconception and Maternal Nutrition (APMN) initiative 2014-2015; Adolescent, Preconception and Maternal Nutrition Working Group 2015-2018
Donor: Abbott Nutrition
Project contact: Matthew@figo.org
Background: Adolescent, preconception, and maternal nutrition represent a major public health issue that affects not only the health of adolescents and women, but also that of future generations. Good health and nutrition before conception are key to a mother’s ability to meet the nutrient demands of pregnancy and breastfeeding, and are vital to the healthy development of her embryo, fetus, infant, and child. The continuum of poor maternal health and poor infant and childhood development which is caused by poor nutrition contributes substantially to the global burden of disease and disability, ranging from pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes and obstructed labour, to future non-communicable diseases in both mother and offspring, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Addressing malnutrition in women before and during pregnancy is therefore essential in reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases and achieving global Sustainable Development Goals. In 2015 FIGO published evidence-based recommendations on nutrition for healthcare professionals working with adolescent, pre-pregnant and pregnant women.
Moving its work forward, the FIGO Working Group will endeavour to disseminate and implement the recommendations by designing and developing project activities and providing technical expertise and oversight to them. The Working Group will deliver targeted activities mainly in the areas of Advocacy and Capacity Building and Training.
Overall aim: Increase awareness of the impact of women’s nutrition on themselves and future generations by:
- enabling greater attention to be paid to the links between maternal malnutrition and increased risk of later non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the mother and offspring as a core component to meeting global health goals
- advocating for action to improve nutrition among adolescent girls and women of reproductive age
- advocating for public health measures to improve nutritional education, particularly of adolescents and young wome
- advocating for greater access to preconception services for women of reproductive age to assist with planning and preparation for healthy pregnancies and healthy children.
Successes: Since the initiative started in 2014, we have had the following successes:
- Assembled international group of experts to create guidance on adolescent, preconception and maternal nutrition
- Produced the first comprehensive international guidelines on adolescent, preconception and maternal nutrition for health care professionals
- Submitted a successful application to FIGO to become an official Working Group
- Disseminated the nutrition recommendations at numerous meetings and conferences
- Developed and disseminated further tools and materials to guide health care professionals on adolescent, preconception and maternal nutrition
- Worked with Ministries of Health in Chile and Ethiopia to reach a consensus on addressing adolescent, preconception and maternal nutrition
- Worked with FIGO Regional Ambassadors to disseminate and implement good nutrition practices in 15 countries
- Agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chilean Ministry of Health (MINSAL) and our Chilean OBGYN member society (Sociedad Chilena de Obstetrica y Ginecologia) which commits them to working towards FIGO’s nutrition recommendations
FIGO’s APMN materials:
Please feel free to access and share our APMN materials.
Some of our partners have developed incredible tools on nutrition as well. Here are just a few:
World Health Organization: Ending Childhood Obesity Commission Report (2016)
World Health Organization: Comprehensive Implementation plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (2014)
Early Nutrition eAcademy: The Early Nutrition eAcademy (ENeA) is a free of charge e-learning co-operation by the Early Nutrition Academy (ENA) and the Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital at the LMU Medical Center, Munich. ENeA's aim is to provide e-learning modules on topics in the area of early nutrition. The e-modules are designed for health care professionals and new investigators in the area of early nutrition throughout the world who are aiming to improve health care services whilst fostering their careers.
Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pregnancy: online course for health care professionals