Hope the year is bringing you all success and prosperity. Only 2 months to go now until the 17th ICD in Granada!!
This is a really busy period for the ICDA – getting ready for all the meetings, seminars and symposia that we are involved with.
Firstly, a big thank you to all our members who have provided comment on the International Competencies for entry level dietitians. This is much appreciated. Also another big thank you for the responses to the survey on education and work as our four-yearly report will be ready for September as well.
I have recently had the pleasure of attending a one-day Asian Dietetics Forum of the Asian Federation of Dietetic Associations (AFDA) in Kuala Lumpur. Wow – what a great group and so dynamic. There are more than 300,000 dietitians in the ASEAN region of the world now. So while they are not all members of the national associations, this is a very sizeable workforce, working to improve the food and nutrition of their countrymen. It was really great to discuss issues around education, standards and aspirations for the development of dietetics. I also was very honoured to be a speaker at the Malaysian Dietitians Association meeting (held in conjunction with the American Overseas Dietetic Association) on advocacy for global dietetics. The program for the meeting was very comprehensive, but it is the networking opportunity it provided which was great. A real opportunity to listen about issues and to gather important feedback on how the ICDA is going. Once again, a big thank you to our colleagues for the very generous welcome and hospitality. My talk had the themes of being stronger together, the opportunities that exist for nutrition in the global context and that we need to be alert and ready for change and be the reformers not the reformed.
Did you know that the UN general assembly has declared 2016-2025 the decade of nutrition? So the time is now to increase our activities and become more visible. As part of this it’s exciting to announce the Global Nutrition Collaborative – a collaboration between ICDA, EFAD and the AND to work on the global issue of malnutrition in all its forms. The ICDA is hosting a seminar on this topic at the ICD so look out for your invitation and more information, but this places dietitians front and centre in the fight for better food and nutrition for all.
We are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible in Granada in September.
Chair, Board of Directors, ICDA