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Dietitian Nutritionist in International Cooperation

Usually some of the career opportunities of the nutritionist are:

Nutritional Clinic

Hospital Nutrition

Food industry

Teaching and research

Collective Restoration

Communication and Nutritional Marketing

Sport Nutrition

Public Health and Community Nutrition

Usually some of the career opportunities of the nutritionist dietitian are:

Nutritional Clinic

Hospital Nutrition

Food industry

Teaching and research

Collective Restoration

Communication and Nutritional Marketing

Sport Nutrition

Public Health and Community Nutrition

The approach to the different forms of malnutrition demands specific skills and the nutritionist-dietician professional presents an excellent basis for its management. More information in the next post “Why is being an international aid worker and/or volunteer a dilemma? 7 key points»

Entering International Cooperation requires a positive, active, enthusiastic and empathic attitude, that is, motivation and willingness to continuously transform.

What do I need as a health worker to enter Development Cooperation?

 

Additional training is essential; take courses, a university expert or a master's degree in International Cooperation for Development or related subjects, is key. Likewise, specializing in malnutrition is a fundamental premise for professional development in this field.

measurement of arm circumference Salinas school

What would be matters related to International Cooperation from the field of health and nutrition?

 

  • International health
  • Public health
  • Tropical diseases
  • Community nutrition
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Approach in emergencies
  • Maternal and child approach
  • Among others.

What do I need as a health worker to enter Development Cooperation?

 

Additional training is essential; take courses, a university expert or a master's degree in International Cooperation for Development or related subjects, is key. Likewise, specializing in malnutrition is a fundamental premise for professional development in this field.

measurement of arm circumference Salinas school

What would be matters related to International Cooperation from the field of health and nutrition?

 

  • International health
  • Public health
  • Tropical diseases
  • Community nutrition
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Approach in emergencies
  • Maternal and child approach
  • Among others.

In future post of the blog, practical advice will be given and different existing formations will be exposed.

But… what is Development Cooperation?

International Development Cooperation is the collaboration established between different countries, with the aim of reduce the poverty gap, encourage progress and overcome specific situations. In other words, it is an exchange of resources to promote development, equality and a fairer society. Other concepts related to Cooperation for Development are:

Humanitarian aid

Form of International Cooperation, in which assistance is provided during emergency circumstances due to natural disasters, states of war and conflict, among others.

Education for Development and Global Citizenship

Process or strategy developed in the territory itself, to raise awareness, promote solidarity and active behavior, thinking of the global good instead of the individual.

Spanish Law on International Cooperation for Development

Each country has its own laws regarding International Cooperation. In Spain, we have the law 23/1998, of July 7. It arises from the will to want to collaborate for sustainable human, social and economic development in all nations. Although it has undergone certain modifications since its creation, the last one was in 2014. But, in a changing, globalized world that is eager for transformation, some guidelines have become obsolete. Fortunately, the preliminary draft of a new Law on Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Global Solidarity (aligned with the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs) that will see the light throughout 2022.

A little history ...

After the Second World War, Spain was left out of the Marshall Plan (1948-1952), that is, it did not receive economic aid from the United States, unlike the rest of the European countries. To get out of the situation, for years and until 1981, Spain was a recipient country of international aid. Therefore, we cannot forget that "we got out of the quagmire" thanks to the collaboration of others.

More history…

Pearson Commission (1969): better positioned countries agree to donate 0,7% of their annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the poorest. Few countries today reach this goal. Spain donates 0,19% of its GDP (2020), well behind the European average (0,46%). The current government insists that it will reach 0,5% at the end of the legislature and 0,7% in 2030. We will see…🤞

The countries that do not invest enough in development cooperation are not fighting for the equality that they promulgate, they are not thinking globally but individually. They are, in short, perpetuating the polarization between the poor and the rich.

Field and development cooperation…

Both the nutritionist and the rest of the citizens (regardless of profession), we must take care of our attitude and consider certain premises before planning any activity elsewhere:

  1. Inform you previously (context, customs, taboos, religion, etc.).
  2. Once on site, observe.
  3. Respect and adapt to the way of proceeding.
  4. Be open to learning and change.
  5. Share ideas without attempting to impose your criteria.
  6. Act based on the real needs (no matter how excited or good will we have, we can not do what we want).

breakfast in Antsoamadiro field team

Beyond cooperation on the field…

The nutritionist may become change agent from his own sphere. It will be able to make visible what is happening in other parts of the planet and raise awareness about the global repercussion that our actions have at the food level. In other words, you can cooperate by contributing to Education for Development and Global Citizenship.

 

We nutritionist have a lot to say about food waste, food sustainability and the responsible consumption!

CODINMA  represents our interests as nutritionist in Madrid, fighting for the common good and recognition of the profession.

International Network of SDG Promoters (RIPO), plays a great role in encouraging citizens to become agents of change for the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

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