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Bassah Dominic

Bassah Dominic 130 x 180I was born in Elubo, a small town in Ghana separated from Cote d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) by the Tano River, where some particular foods were considered unwholesome by certain families, with mine being a typical example. As a child, I kept questioning my dad why we never ate a particular type of snail.

My choice of nutrition as a field of study accidentally occurred after my secondary school education in 2006. In 2008; I was faced with the dilemma of choosing between a course in community nutrition and one in biological science. The journey through nutrition began when I finally settled on pursuing a degree in community nutrition at the school of medicine and health sciences at the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. With little knowledge about the course, my interest grew day by day as I journeyed through the four year course. The unique aspect of my course – a trimester programme – introduced me to the ugly magnitude of malnutrition and how bumper harvests do not necessarily translate into food and nutrition security among rural folks.

My four year course in community nutrition has tremendously helped me to explain several pregnancy outcomes and health states, which traditionally have been attributed to spiritual beings and curses. Behaviour change communication has become part of me through articles to the media and organisation of mini durbars and programmes with cooperate bodies such as banks and network providers.

My experience at the nutrition unit of the Jomoro district health directorate and has further whetted my appetite and increased my passion to contribute to reduction in malnutrition. Coming from a border town has broadened my horizons concerning the association between international trade and nutrition and has made me believe that nutrition is an vital to attain the Millennium Development Goals.

But there is still a long way to go in the field of nutrition. I look forward to a project that will empower communities and families, especially rural folks, through nutrition.