Patient Education 6th African Nutrition Epidemiology Conference (ANEC VI)

Unilever Health 6th African Nutrition Epidemiology Conference

The 6th ANEC congress took place in Accra, Ghana, from the 21 to the 25 July. Unilever was a proud Gold Sponsor of the Congress.


In the context of Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan, the role of the Unilever brands, in improving the fat quality of the diet and in reducing salt intakes, was highlighted.

On the topic of behaviour change for better health, Unilever launched the African recipe book and presented it at the South African Salt Reduction Behaviour Change workshop, which was part of a global series, jointly organized by IUNS and Unilever.


Download inspiration for nutritious recipes from all over Africa.


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Unilever sponsored speakers:


Prof Marius Smuts from the North West University


Short CV for Marius Smuts:


Marius Smuts, with a background in Biochemistry since 1981, became a Registered Nutritionist in 2012. He completed his studies at the University of Stellenbosch and was an Assistant Medical Researcher during this time.


Marius is particularly interested in the role of essential fatty acids and their metabolites on growth and development, the efficacy of multi-micronutrient supplementation in infants from high-risk groups, and the interaction between omega-3 and micronutrients during cognitive development.


He is part of both The Nutrition Society of South Africa (NCSSA: currently the president) and the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL). He has had over 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications as first or co-author in his fields of interest. In addition to this, he has presented over 50 presentations at National congresses and over 50 International congresses as first or co-author.


View full presentation and Abstract from ANEC congress Marius Smuts


Gladys Mugambi from The Kenyan Ministry of Health


After graduation, Gladys Mugambi worked as a District Nutritionist with The Ministry of Health at Thika District for 10 years.


Gladys is the National Coordinator for the Micronutrient Program including the development of guidelines on Vitamin A supplementation for children under five.

She also initiated supplementation through Early Childhood Development centres and developed a proposal for funding the National Food Fortification Program. Gladys worked as Deputy Head of the Division of Nutrition and National Food Fortification Project Manager Ministry of Health in Kenya.
She licensed and is currently the Registrar for the Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute (KNDI).


View full presentation and Abstract from ANEC congress Gladys Mugambi


Nazeeia Sayed is the Unilever Nutrition and Health Manager for Africa


Nazeeia is a registered Dietician and a proud mum of her seven year old daughter, Neha. She holds an MSc in Nutrition, and a post-graduate diploma in Marketing Management.


Nazeeia started off her career as a junior scientist at the Medical Research Council in Cape Town where she worked on food composition data compilation. She then moved to the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in the position of lecturer for eight years. She joined Unilever six years ago and currently holds the position of Nutrition & Health manager in R&D, and is also the nutrition team leader for Africa. Nazeeia is based in Durban, South Africa.


View full presentation and Abstract from ANEC congress Nazeeia Sayed