Nestlé Nutrition Institute hosts nationwide lecture tour in KSA

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Published April 26th, 2011 - 09:51 GMT
More than 600 of the region’s leading pediatricians and general practitioners attended the lecture tour organized by Nestlé Nutrition Institute
More than 600 of the region’s leading pediatricians and general practitioners attended the lecture tour organized by Nestlé Nutrition Institute

Stepping up its efforts to promote science-based nutrition in the region and create increased nutritional awareness among health professionals, Nestlé Nutrition Institute organized a nationwide lecture tour in Saudi Arabia that addressed the most critical issues relating to infant nutrition. 

The four-city lecture tour - organized by Nestlé Nutrition Institute in the Middle East – kicked off in Jeddah on April 17, and covered the cities of Dammam (April 18), Abha (April 19), and Riyadh (April 20). More than 600 of the region’s leading pediatricians and general practitioners attended the lecture tour. 

“The lecture series complements our ongoing efforts to promote an evidence-based approach to nutrition,” said Dr. Hanan Anwar, Medical Director, Nestlé Nutrition Institute Middle East. “Nestlé has been contributing to the continuing nutrition education of health professionals for the past several decades, and the lecture tour in KSA forms an important part of our regionwide endeavor to heighten awareness of healthy nutritional practices and facilitate new levels of collaboration among the region’s pediatricians and the medical community at large.” 

The lecture tour in KSA was conducted by Prof. Ahmed El Beleidy, Head of Pediatric ICU, Cairo University, who discussed “the role of Probiotics in supporting immunity for Caesarean section-born infants.” 

“Infants are an open field for colonization by different types of bacteria, and infants born by Caesarean section may be at increased risk for gastrointestinal infections and allergic diseases. Birth cohort studies have demonstrated the association between Caesarean delivery and an increased incidence of gastrointestinal infections and allergic sensitization or allergy in the first years of life,” said Prof. El Beleidy. 

He added, “Bifidus lactis (Probiotics) supplementation in infants and young children has shown positive clinical impact particularly in the prevention of diseases that have a strong immune background, mainly allergy and infections.” 

Background Information

Nestlé Nutrition Institute

The Nestlé Nutrition Institute (NNI) is a non for profit association based in Vevey, Switzerland, that shares leading science-based information and education with healthcare professionals, scientists and nutrition communities and stakeholders in all parts of the world through various forms of interaction. The Institute was established in 1981 with the goal to foster “Science for Better Nutrition” to help enhance the quality of people’s lives all over the world.

Nestlé

the world’s largest food and beverage company. We have more than 2000 brands ranging from global icons to local favourites, and are present in 190 countries worldwide.

Cairo University

Excellence in providing higher education services to meet the needs of the national, regional and international communities, and the effective continuous contribution in achieving Egypt’s social and economic development are the pillars of Cairo University. The University's mission is to be accomplished through a commitment to international standards of excellence in the fields of education, research and community service, as well as the integration of personnel, technology and business systems, and the development of the University’s human resources.

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