Nutrition Consultancy ( Ghanaian Nationals Only)

Methodology and Scope of Work The Consultant will be based in Tamale, and work in close consultation with GHS in the 3 regions. S/He will have considerable travel to regions and districts and will also work with other development partners including NGOs that may be involved in implementing nutrition activities. This assignment involves considerable coordination and collaboration with nutrition and related staff in other UN agencies and development partners. Reporting and work relations The Consultant will report to Health and Nutrition Specialist, and will work with both programme and operations staff in UNICEF-Tamale and Accra as necessary. In an effort to promote behavior change and implement a multisectoral approach, the Consultant will work very closely staff working on Communication for Development, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation and Social Protection.
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Nutrition News: Celery to the rescue

Celery, artichokes and herbs, especially Mexican oregano, all contain apigenin and luteolin, flavonoids that kill human pancreatic cancer cells in the lab by inhibiting an important enzyme, according to two new University of Illinois studies, published in the journal, Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. “Apigenin alone induced cell death in two aggressive human pancreatic cancer cell lines. But we received the best results when we pre-treated cancer cells with apigenin for 24 hours, then applied the chemotherapeutic drug gemcitabine for 36 hours,” said Elvira de Mejia, a University of Illinois professor of food chemistry and food toxicology. Researchers found the trick seemed to be using the flavonoids as a pre-treatment instead of applying them and the chemotherapeutic drug simultaneously. Pancreatic cancer is a very aggressive cancer, and there are few early symptoms, meaning that the disease is often not found before it has spread. Ultimately the goal is to develop a cure, but prolonging the lives of patients would be a significant development.
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Good nutrition in hospital may not be what you think, say experts

Stan Ash, Hotel Services Manager

This includes Protected Mealtimes, the Red Tray system, recruitment of ward based Nutrition Assistants and mealtime volunteers. Between 25 and 34% of patients are malnourished on admission to hospital across the NHS and appropriate nutritional support can reduce length of hospital stay by 2 days and reduce readmissions by 28%. The week is also being used to highlight the work of the Hospitals Catering team, who produce over half a million meals a year, from eight different menus including Halal, Kosher, Gluten free and altered consistency meals for patients with swallowing difficulties. Stan Ash, Hotel Services Manager Stan Ash, Hotel Services Manager, added: Our Catering team do an amazing job and what we serve on the wards is the same as we serve in our popular staff and public restaurant, Herriots. But we know we can always do better and we are taking the opportunity of our Nutrition Focus Week to talk to patients and find out more about what they think of our food.
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