ImpENSA (Improving Early Nutrition and Health in South Africa) is a capacity building project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The project aims to facilitate continued professional development and strengthen relations between higher education and the wider economic and social environment through the development of an innovative, evidence-based, blended learning programme for health care professionals, with the focus on the first 1000 days of life.


The ImpENSA Training Programme

The ImpENSA Training Programme aims to equip health care professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to improve knowledge of micronutrient nutrition and behaviour change in the first 1000 days of life.


The ImpENSA Training Programme comprises 2 knowledge-based online modules and 1 skills-based virtual module:

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3



    You can reach us at:

    YouTube: ImpENSA


    For more information about the modules and to register for the training, visit the e-learning platform:


    The ImpENSA Training Programme was developed through the combined knowledge and skills of a consortium of European and South African experts in the fields of nutrition, nutritional programming, behaviour change, psychology, education, technology enhanced/enabled learning and staff development from:

    • North-West University
    • Stellenbosch University
    • University of Cape Town
    • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
    • University of Southampton
    • Medical University of Warsaw
    • Association for Dietetics in South Africa
    • Nutrition Society of South Africa

    North-West University was the local coordinating partner for the ImpENSA project in South Africa. Team members from CEN and NuMIQ were involved with the analyses of the current training landscape and identifying the training needs of health care professionals, content creation and development of the online modules, implementation of the Training Programme and the evaluation thereof, as well as developing a sustainable business model. The implementation of the ImpENSA Training Programme is now being delivered through CEN.