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Early Nutrition eAcademy Southeast Asia e-learning for enhancing knowledge on nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life

Early Nutrition eAcademy Southeast Asia e-learning for enhancing knowledge on nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life
Early Nutrition eAcademy Southeast Asia e-learning for enhancing knowledge on nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life
Background: The double burden of both under- and overnutrition during the first 1000 days is highly prevalent in Southeast Asia (SEA), with major implications for lifelong health. Tackling this burden requires healthcare professionals (HCPs) to acquire evidence-based current knowledge and counselling skills. We assessed the needs of HCPs in SEA and developed a continuing medical education/professional development (CME/CPD) program using an e-learning platform to reduce existing gaps. Methods: European, Thai and Malaysian universities collaborated with SEA national nutrition associations in the Early Nutrition eAcademy Southeast Asia (ENeA SEA) project. We assessed HCPs’ needs using questionnaires and mapped CME/CPD programmes and regulations through stakeholder questionnaires. Using a co-creation approach, we established an e-learning platform. Evaluation in users was undertaken using questionnaires. Results: HCPs in SEA reported major training gaps relating to the first 1000 days of nutrition and limited impact of existing face-to-face training. Existing pre/postgraduate, residency and CME/CPD programmes did not adequately address the topic. To address these gaps, we produced a targeted e-learning platform with six modules and CME-tests. National ministries, Thai and Malaysian universities, and professional associations endorsed the training platform. To date, over 2600 HCPs have registered. Evaluation shows high acceptance and a very positive assessment. Conclusions: Dedicated e-learning can reduce major gaps in HCP training in SEA regarding nutrition during the first 1000 days of life at scale and is highly valued by both users and key stakeholders.
CME, CPD, E-learning, Early nutrition, First 1000 days, Healthcare professionals, Lifelong health, Malnutrition, Southeast Asia
2072-6643
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Brands, Brigitte
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Chomtho, Sirinuch
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Suthutvoravut, Umaporn
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Boey, Christopher Chiong Meng
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Tang, Swee Fong
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Godfrey, Keith
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Koletzko, Berthold
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ENeA SEA project group
Brands, Brigitte
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Chomtho, Sirinuch
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Suthutvoravut, Umaporn
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Boey, Christopher Chiong Meng
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Tang, Swee Fong
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Godfrey, Keith
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Koletzko, Berthold
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Brands, Brigitte, Chomtho, Sirinuch, Suthutvoravut, Umaporn, Boey, Christopher Chiong Meng, Tang, Swee Fong, Godfrey, Keith and Koletzko, Berthold , ENeA SEA project group (2020) Early Nutrition eAcademy Southeast Asia e-learning for enhancing knowledge on nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life. Nutrients, 12 (6), 1-12, [1817]. (doi:10.3390/nu12061817).

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Background: The double burden of both under- and overnutrition during the first 1000 days is highly prevalent in Southeast Asia (SEA), with major implications for lifelong health. Tackling this burden requires healthcare professionals (HCPs) to acquire evidence-based current knowledge and counselling skills. We assessed the needs of HCPs in SEA and developed a continuing medical education/professional development (CME/CPD) program using an e-learning platform to reduce existing gaps. Methods: European, Thai and Malaysian universities collaborated with SEA national nutrition associations in the Early Nutrition eAcademy Southeast Asia (ENeA SEA) project. We assessed HCPs’ needs using questionnaires and mapped CME/CPD programmes and regulations through stakeholder questionnaires. Using a co-creation approach, we established an e-learning platform. Evaluation in users was undertaken using questionnaires. Results: HCPs in SEA reported major training gaps relating to the first 1000 days of nutrition and limited impact of existing face-to-face training. Existing pre/postgraduate, residency and CME/CPD programmes did not adequately address the topic. To address these gaps, we produced a targeted e-learning platform with six modules and CME-tests. National ministries, Thai and Malaysian universities, and professional associations endorsed the training platform. To date, over 2600 HCPs have registered. Evaluation shows high acceptance and a very positive assessment. Conclusions: Dedicated e-learning can reduce major gaps in HCP training in SEA regarding nutrition during the first 1000 days of life at scale and is highly valued by both users and key stakeholders.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 June 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 June 2020
Published date: 18 June 2020
Additional Information: Funding Information: Funding: This research was financially supported in part by the Erasmus + CBHE 2016 programme “Early Nutrition eAcademy Southeast Asia( 573651-EPP-1-2016-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP)”. Publication expenses for this article have been supported by Cátedra ORDESA-University of Granada, Spain as part of Special Issue “Early Nutrition and Re-programming of Health and Disease.” Acknowledgments: The ENeA SEA project group is represented by Berthold Koletzko (Coordinator) a, Brigitte Brands (Associate Coordinator) a, Rungrawee Loipimai (Administrative Project Management) a, Shweta Feher (Administrative Project Management) a, Keith M Godfrey b, Sunhea Choi b, Philip Calder b, Sirinuch Chomtho c, Chonnikant Visuthranukul c, Orapa Suteerojntrakool c, Jaraspong Uaariyapanichkul c, Naiyana Nujankaew c, Janya Sukhapan c, Naipapohn Chuenmeechow c, Sungkom Jongpiputvanich c, Umaporn Suthutvoravut d, Nalinee Chongviriyaphan d, Chatchay Prempunpong d, Oraporn Dumrongwongsiri d, Sirinapa Siwarom d, Boonpraserd Treerayapiwat d, Sujitraporn Ratanarom d, Christopher Chiong Meng Boey e, Chirk Jenn Ng e, Lucy Chai See Lum e, Ruey Terng Ng e, Yao Mun Choo e, Azanna Kamar e, Zahiruddin Fitri Abu Hassan e, Yew Kong Lee e, Swee Fong Tang f, Fook Choe Cheah f, Azmi Mohd Tamil f, Joyce Hong f, Bee Koon Poh g, Helmi Norman h, Stefan Trausan-Matu i, Mihai Dascalu i, Gabriel Gutu-Robu i. Funding Information: Conflicts of Interest: KMG has received reimbursement for speaking at conferences sponsored by companies selling nutritional products, and is part of an academic consortium that has received research funding from Abbott Nutrition, Nestec, BenevolentAI Bio Ltd. and Danone. KMG. is supported by the UK Medical Research Council (MC_UU_12011/4) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR Senior Investigator (NF-SI-0515-10042) and the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre). LMU, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and its employee BK benefit from support for scientific and educational activities from the European Commission, H2020 Programme Lifecycle-733206, the Erasmus Plus Programme Capacity Building to Improve Early Nutrition and Health in South Africa-598488-EPP-1-2018-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP and the European Joint Programming Initiative Project NutriPROGRAM, the German Ministry of Education and Research, Berlin (Grant Nr. 01 GI 0825), and the German Research Council (INST 409/224-1 FUGG). The other authors declare no conflict of interest. Publisher Copyright: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Keywords: CME, CPD, E-learning, Early nutrition, First 1000 days, Healthcare professionals, Lifelong health, Malnutrition, Southeast Asia

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Local EPrints ID: 441616
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/441616
ISSN: 2072-6643
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ORCID for Keith Godfrey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4643-0618

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Author: Brigitte Brands
Author: Sirinuch Chomtho
Author: Umaporn Suthutvoravut
Author: Christopher Chiong Meng Boey
Author: Swee Fong Tang
Author: Keith Godfrey ORCID iD
Author: Berthold Koletzko
Corporate Author: ENeA SEA project group

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