Symposium Dakar Overview

VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENTATION FOR CHILD SURVIVAL IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA REGIONAL SYMPOSIUM

DAKAR, SENEGAL APRIL 5 – 6 – 7, 2016


The Global Alliance for Vitamin A (GAVA), through its technical partners (Center for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC, Helen Keller International – HKI, Micronutrient Initiative – MI, The United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF), hosted a three-day regional workshop in Dakar, Senegal from April 4-6, 2016. The workshop was attended by approximately 120 participants from 23 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa representing both nutrition and immunization sectors, policy makers and managers from MINISTRIES OF HEALTH, country- regional and global-level technical partners from the GAVA, and the Global Affairs Canada.

The goal of the workshop was to re-examine vitamin A supplementation (VAS) programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa in light of epidemiologic and programmatic changes and develop broad country-specific roadmaps for VAS for the next five years. Specifically, the workshop aimed to:

Throughout the workshop, participants developed, vetted and came to consensus on key points to include in a declarative Outcome Statement entitled “Vitamin A Supplementation Remains Vital in Sub-Saharan Africa“. Participants agreed to use the Declaration to advocate and inform priority actions for the integration of VAS within their country’s health system and work toward its institutionalization. Some key elements of this commitment to advocacy shared between participants included the need to:

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