A better website gets the word out about nutrition in Uganda
The Uganda Action for Nutrition (UGAN) Society raises awareness of nutrition, promotes coordinated action and builds the capacity of nutritionists. In 2012, the organization launched an interactive website that became a key tool for sharing information, research findings, upcoming events and job postings for health and nutrition professionals.
Unfortunately, a lack of resources forced a shutdown of the website in 2013.
“We did not want to let this venture just die off without a fighting chance,” said Peterson Kato Kikomeko, UGAN Society General Secretary and Nutrition Lecturer at Kyambogo University. So, Kato approached FHI 360’s Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA), which had previously supported the UGAN Society in creating its strategic development plan.
Over the past two years, FANTA, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, has provided technical and financial support for the redesign and maintenance of the website and its migration to a more powerful hosting platform. FANTA has worked with UGAN to improve the website’s content and maximize its role in driving UGAN Society initiatives.
These efforts have paid off. The website is now regarded as a reliable, one-stop information source on health and nutrition. It averages 367,000 visits per month and significantly contributes to the organization’s growing membership.
The website features:
- Information about high-level policy dialogues, developments and events related to food and nutrition in Uganda
- Information on upcoming and ongoing activities under the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan
- Nutrition strategies, policies and guidelines
- Other nutrition resources and information
The UGAN Society is working to migrate its membership data to an online platform. The digital library is also being upgraded to provide users with easier access to a wider range of resources.
“The UGAN Society has great potential in creating a profile for nutrition, both nationally and in sub-Saharan Africa, using a well-designed and well-managed website,” said Hanifa Bachou, FHI 360’s Project Manager for FANTA in Uganda.
Photo caption: Peterson Kato Kikomeko, UGAN General Secretary/Assistant Lecturer of Nutrition, Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda
Photo credit: James Mulira/UGAN