Dietitians Association of Nigeria
  • Country – Nigeria


    Background:

    Dietitians Association of Nigeria (DAN) is a national association of dietitians (professional) and dietetic technologists (sub-professional) cadres in Nigeria. It is registered as a non-profit making organization with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria and was formally inaugurated on 19th of March, 2009.


    The professional and sub-professional cadres had previously been under the umbrella of the Nigerian Dietetic Association (NDA). However, this Association was formed as an outcome of the Schemes of Service for the professional and sub-professional cadre released by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation on 4th August 2008.


    The Association is a young association and promotes health through food, nutrition and diet planning Current Executive office members are:

    Dtn. Chika Ndiokwelu Ph.D National President
    Dtn. V.T. Alli Ist National Vice President
    Dtn. Uduak Okon 2nd National Vice President
    Dtn. Mary Jane Umeh National Secretary
    Dtn. Emma Ukwondi Asst. National Secretary
    Dtn. Emma Ogbuigwe National Financial Secretary
    Dtn. Gloria Okafor National Treasurer
    Dtn Elizabeth Ngwu P.hD              Editor-in-Chief


    Achievements:

    • Dietitians in Nigeria are happy that graduates (degree holders) who had stagnated on the sub-professional cadre for more than twenty-five years finally have a Scheme and can now terminate on grade level 17 just like her graduate counterparts in the federation. We are also happy, that the Scheme of Service provides for career progression for the sub-professionals (Higher National Diploma holders) who acquire such additional qualification required to perform in the professional cadre through transfer.
    • The new Scheme of service for Dietitians has made provision for Dietetics interns. Dietetic interns in Nigeria have finally been placed on a salary scale. (Figs 1a&b: courtesy call by DAN Exco to express its gratitude to the Fed Min. of Health)
    Fig 1a: THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT DAN PRESENTING A CONGRATULATORY CARD TO THE HON. MINISTER OF HEALTH-PROF. O. C. CHUKWU

    Fig 1b: SOME MEMBERS OF DAN EXCO DURING A COURTESY CALL ON THE HON. MINISTER OF HEALTH-PROF. O. C. CHUKWU

    Fig 2: SOME MEMBERS OF DAN AT THE 2009 ANNUAL NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON MANAGEMENT OF SEVERE ACUTE MALNUTRITION ORGANIZED IN COLLABORATION WITH UNICEF
    • DAN was admitted as a national dietetic association member of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations in 2010. Participated in the evidence-based dietetic working group of the ICDA.
    • Two national scientific conferences and workshops have been held by DAN in 2009 and 2010. (Fig 2)
    • The maiden scientific journal of the Association (Journal of Dietitians Association of Nigeria) was launched during the 2010 conference.


    Current Activities:

    • Collaborating with the government to establish the Dietitians Registration Council which will regulate the professional training and practice of dietitians and dietetic technologists.
    • Working hard to ensure standardization of dietetic practice through accreditation and reaccreditation of recognized dietetic education programmes.
    • Encouraging its members, to adopt evidence-based, ethical practices and lifelong continuous professional development.
    • Advocates for dietitians in Nigeria and looking forward to providing quality assurance programme for accredited dietetics education programmes and dietetic internship.
    • Encouraging its members to adopt applied research and best practices in nutrition and dietetics and to publish peer reviewed articles.
    • Designing DAN website.
    • Working hard to get all Dietitians and dietetic technologists in Nigeria under one umbrella.


    Conclusion:

    Formation of Dietitians Association of Nigeria and the visionary leadership provided by the current members of Executive accelerated international affiliation and collaboration. It has put the profession on the global arena and lifted the status of the profession nationally. We are reaping the dividends. We believe that the dietetic profession will continue to grow in strength.


    Dtn. Chika Ndiokwelu - National President and ICDA Representative, Nigeria