Infant Journal
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Nutrition eLearning for preterm and low birthweight infants in Africa

The African Neonatal Nutrition Network (NeoNuNet) has developed an online eLearning course on feeding and nutrition that aligns with the World Health Organization policy and guidelines. It provides free educational resources relevant to nurses, dietitians, doctors, and other healthcare professionals working on a neonatal unit as well as parents. It covers a range of subjects including kangaroo mother care, breastfeeding, nutrient recommendations, probiotics, feeding practice and guideline development. The course was co-developed (TABLE 1) with clinicians based in Africa and while it is aimed at middle and low income settings in Africa, Asia and Latin America, it is equally relevant in high income settings in the UK, Europe and North America.

Bridget Naimoi1
Neonatal Fellow

Helen Nabwera1
Associate Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health and Medical Research Council (MRC)/ Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) African Research Leader

Nicholas Embleton2
Professor of Neonatal Medicine

1 Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya
2 Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Naimoi B., Nabwera H., Embleton N. Nutrition eLearning for preterm and low birthweight infants in Africa. Infant 2023;19(5):160-62.

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education; preterm; low birth weight; neonatal nutrition; Africa; kangaroo mother care; breastfeeding
Key points
  1. Nutrition in Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants in Africa is a free evidenced-based eLearning course.
  2. The content contains unbiased, up-to-date and evidenced-based recommendations for nutrients.
  3. It is relevant to high, middle and low income countries and aligns with WHO and UNICEF guidelines on kangaroo mother care and breastfeeding.

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