Out of the Dark: Shining the Light on Nutritional Challenges of Female Sex Workers and their Children
Globally, maternal and child health is at the top of nearly every county’s Sustainable Development Goal priorities. It is critical that each country reach and address the most vulnerable and marginalized mothers and children in order to reach set goals. This panel session will discuss the challenges, barriers and opportunities to improve the health and nutrition status of women who are sex workers and their children. Research presented will describe findings from studies conducted in Africa, Asia and North America. The panel discussion will focus on bringing this subject into our professional discourse to explore actionable solutions that will improve access to nutrition and health care, address the impact of developmental origins of disease in this population, identify the social determinants of health that impact the nutritional status of these women and children, and demonstrate how registered dietitian nutritionists can influence policy makers at the local and global levels to address this population..
- Describe the key challenges and barriers faced by vulnerable women sex workers and their children.
- Apply knowledge to influence policymakers at a local and global level to design programs and policies to improve outcomes for this population.
- Identify reasons for high maternal and child undernutrition and death.
- 12.1.1 Advocates for and promotes food and nutrition programs and resources to address issues of food insecurity, nutritional health and
overall health and wellness.
- 12.2.1 Identifies determinants of health and influences on population health status.
- 8.2.3 Analyzes new information and how it impacts medical nutrition
Professor and Director Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition
Oregon Health & Science University