Action - Double Burden of Malnutrition: Hub in West Africa - Nutrition-Friendly Schools Initiative (NFSI)/Health promoting schools - School age children (SAC)

Programme: Double Burden of Malnutrition: Hub in West Africa

Programme description

The 6-year partnership project (2008-2014) involves TRANSNUT, WHO Collaborating Centre on Nutrition Changes and Developement, academic and research institutions from Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali, Helen Keller International, an international NGO, and WHO as special collaborator. The purpose of the project is to strengthen capacity of partner countries to address the double burden of the coexistence of undernutrition and nutrition-related chronic diseases.The strategy includes: 1) Workforce training in nutrition with two new regional university programs in Benin, a Master's and an undetrgraduate professional program (licence), as well as continuous intensive courses on Nutrition Transition and Chronic Diseases, and Community Management of acute malnutrition; 2) Action research in communities (Benin) and schools (Benin and Burkina Faso), and other studies on the nutrition transition and the double burden of malnutrition; 3) Communication for the public with development of a food guide for Benin, and the development of advocacy tools for policy and programs focusing on diabetes.

Programme type



Total: ~5 million CAD, including 3 million CAD provided by Canadian International Development Agency




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Daboné C, Receveur O, Delisle H. Poor nutritional status of schoolchildren in urban and peri-urban areas of Ouagadougou. Nutrition Journal 2011; Apr 19;10:34.

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Sossa J, Delisle H, Agueh V, Makoutodé M, Fayomi B. Four-year trends in cardiometabolic risk factors according to baseline abdominal obesity status in West-African adults: The Benin Study. J Obesity 2012 doi: 10.1155/2012/740854

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Zeba A, Delisle H, Rossier C, Renier G. Association of high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP) with cardio-metabolic risk factors and micronutrient deficiencies in adults of Ouagadougou; Burkina Faso. Brit J Nutr (Accepted)

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Delisle H, Agueh V, Fayomi B. Recherche en partenariat sur la transition nutritionnelle et les maladies chroniques en Afrique de l’ouest – évolution, résultats et retombées. CRDI, 2011. Disponible à :

Delisle H, Receveur O, Agueh V, Nishida C. Pilot-testing of the Nutrition-Friendly School Initiative in West Africa in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Cotonou (Benin). Global Health Promotion (in press)

Sossa C, Delisle H, Agueh V, Makoutodé M, Fayomi B. Insulin resistance status and four-year changes in other cardiometabolic risk factors in West-African adults: The Benin Study. (NMCD, in press)

Daboné C, Delisle H, Receveur O. Cardiometabolic risk factors and associated features in 5th grade school children in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Int J Child Health Nut 2012 (In press)

Daboné C, Delisle H, Receveur O. Predisposing, facilitating and reinforcing factors of healthy and unhealthy food consumption in schoolchildren. A study in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (West Africa). Global Health Promotion 2012 (in press)

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Cotonou, Bénin (siège du projet); Ouagadougou
Target group: 
School age children (SAC)
Implementation details : 

NFSI implemented on a pilot basis in primary schools of Cotonou (n=6) and in Ouagadougou (n=6). In Ouagadougou, quasi-experimental approach, with 6 matched control schools. Baseline study conducted on nutritional status of pupils (nearly 900), and hygiene and eating practices. Implementation with Nutrition & Health Committees in schoolds. DFN project trained in nutrition education and surveillance (using anthropometry). Other activities elected by individual schools.

Target population size : 
Coverage level (%): 
Outcome indicator(s): 

Nutritional status of pupils after 3 years of NFSI implementation, and their hygiene and eating practices.

Baseline study in Ouagadougou in 2009

Due in 2013

Outcome reported by social determinants: 
Socio-economic status

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