|USAID FANTA Project(Main Partner)|
|UGAN’s major partner over the years has been the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project. UGAN is currently being supported by the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA) which is a 5-year cooperative agreement between the USAID and FHI 360. FANTA aims to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable groups through technical support in the areas of maternal and child health, nutrition in development and emergency contexts, HIV and other infectious diseases, food security and livelihood strengthening, agriculture and nutrition linkages, and emergency assistance in nutrition crises.Over the years the USAID FANTA project has supported UGAN to undertake a number of initiatives including:
|Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care|
|The Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care (RCQHC) an affiliate of Makerere University School of Public Health was established to provide leadership in building capacity to improve quality of health care in Africa by promoting better practices through networking, strategic partnerships and education, technical support to countries, advocacy, documentation and dissemination of best practices as well as intervention linked research. These are primarily conducted through focus technical areas namely; i) Infectious Diseases namely TB & HIV/AIDS ii) Family Planning and Reproductive Health iii) Maternal Health and iv) Child Health and Nutrition.|
|Kyambogo University department of Human Nutrition and Home Economics|
|The Department of Human Nutrition and Home Economics of Kyambogo University pioneered the training of nutritionists in Uganda at bachelor’s level. To date, the Department has graduated over 350 graduates in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. The graduates have been a critical human resource in undertaking work in the field of human nutrition and dietetics in the country working with government, private sector, civil society and development agencies.
Many of UGAN’s members are graduates from this department and have provided support in undertaking a number of activities through UGAN.
|Makerere University Department of Food Technology and Nutrition|
|Makerere University Department of Food Technology and Nutrition is Uganda’s leading center for training and research in food packaging, food processing and preservations, food and chemical analysis, microbiology and post-harvest handling, and human nutrition. For over twenty years, the department has been at the forefront of training and research for the nascent food sector in Uganda’s economy.
The Department whose students are important stakeholders for the UGAN, currently hosts the UGAN secretariat and has done so for the past five years. Through collaborations with the department, UGAN has been able to strive and remain in existence despite the limited funding. Currently, UGAN is making contribution to initiatives by the department including the recently launched European Union funded project on Partnerships to Strengthen University Food and Nutrition sciences training and research in Eastern and Southern Africa (PASUFONS).
|The Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Scaling up Nutrition|
|Members of the Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Scaling Up Nutrition (UCCO-SUN) are UGAN’s potential stakeholders and partners in undertaking joint nutrition advocacy initiatives. The UCCO-SUN is Uganda’s civil society platform formed under the Global Scaling Up Nutrition Initiative (SUN) to strengthen the capacity of the civil society in Uganda to contribute to the scaling up of nutrition in line with the country’s nutrition strategy-the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan 2011-2016. UGAN played a pivotal role in the formation of the UCCO-SUN and was at the first UCCO-SUN general assembly elected to chair the UCCO-SUN for the first two years.The UGAN General Secretary currently chairs the UCCO-SUN steering committee.As part of UGANs nutrition advocacy agenda, the UGAN has closely collaborated with members of the Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Scaling up Nutrition (UCCO-SUN) in undertaking joint nutrition advocacy initiatives. The coalition galvanises the efforts of the civil society (CS) in Uganda to advocate for legislature and policies in favour of nutrition and to empower communities to demand for nutrition services. Through the UCCO-SUN, a number of initiatives have been held including:
|International Union of Nutrition of Nutritional Sciences|
The Nutritionist is the first Ugandan magazine that exclusively talks food, nutrition and health matters. The nutritionist released it’s second issue in June which together with the first copy in March was welcomed by all professions in all parts of the country. It is commended for it’s comprehensive information on food, nutrition and health, professional advice on healthy food choices.
The nutritionist is out every after 3 months and can be got from several bookshops and supermarkets.
PASUFONS Partnerships to Strengthen University Food and Nutrition Sciences
The PASUFONS project was started in November 2013 with the aim to enhance the contribution of Higher Education Institutions to food and nutrition security of communities in Eastern & Southern Africa.
The project seeks to support development of a cadre of skilled human resources in food and nutrition sciences and to provide research solutions to malnutrition and food insecurity in Eastern and Southern Africa. This is to be done through strengthening the learning programmes to prepare the graduates for a dynamic labour market and giving the andragogical skills to enable them impart high levels of practical and research skills. The target groups for this action include participating universities, graduate students, university faculty and technicians. University departments of food and nutrition sciences require facilities and programmes that can facilitate collaborative work, effective teaching and learning.
UGAN is making contribution to initiatives by the department including the recently launched European Union funded project on Partnerships to Strengthen University Food and Nutrition sciences training and research in Eastern and Southern Africa (PASUFONS).