The Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) is the professional organisation for registered dietitians in South African. With 11 branches around the country, the aims of the association are to serve the interests of dietitians in South Africa and promote the nutritional well-being of the community. ADSA’s mission is to support and promote the continued growth of the profession of dietetics in South Africa. South African dietitians are bound by the ethical rules of the South African health professions regulator, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).
ADSA is proud to host the International Congress of Dietetics (ICD),September 15-18, 2020, which promises to be an unforgettable experience in the beautiful city of Cape Town. This is the first ICDA (International Confederation of Dietetic Associations) congress to be held on the African continent and ADSA promises to offer an unforgettable experience.
The program will include a workshop day and a congress of 2.5 days. Four plenary sessions and 6-8 parallel sessions will be held, and will include invited plenary and parallel speakers from the ICDA member countries as well as abstracts (scientific oral and scientific poster presentations). The Scientific Committee is co-chaired by Prof Lisanne du Plessis and Dr Celeste Naude from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The congress theme is: Improving Nutrition | Unlocking Potential | Accelerating Change
A multi-sectoral approach is key in the planning of the scientific programme and the committee intends to incorporate a focus on the 5 key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the scientific planning over the 4-day period, and showcase its relevance across all fields of dietetics, including:
• Sustainable Food Production
• Strong Systems of Infrastructure
• Health Systems
• Equity and Inclusion
• Stability and Peace
Marketing is well underway with local dietitians flying the South African flag at congresses around the world, such as the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) congress in Sydney, the 8th Africa Nutritional Epidemiology Conference (ANEC VIII) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the 19th International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) conference in Kanagawa, Japan, and the 51st Annual National Conference of the Indian Dietetic Association (IDACON) in Indore, India.
Submissions for abstracts will be open early in 2019. ‘Like’ ICD 2020 Cape Town on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for regular updates and more information on ICD 2020, or go to www.icda2020.com.
Jessica Byrne, RD (SA)
Executive Portfolio Holder - Chief Operating Officer
Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA)