CSSEDN Nutrition

Centre for the Study of Social and Environmental Determinants of Nutrition

There's an urgent need to investigate and understand the mechanisms that link social factors to nutrition. This can be achieved by the extensive integration of the molecular and the social aspects of nutrition. Unless such an approach is developed and more extensively investigated, it is unlikely that South Africa will be effective in its interventions into the underlying causes of chronic diseases of lifestyle, such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

With this in mind, The Centre for the Study of Social and Environmental Determinants of Nutrition (CSSEDN) was opened by the Minister of Health Mr. Aaron Motsoaledi and the CEO Dr Olive Shisana on the 15 March 2010. CSSEDN forms one of the focus areas of the research programme, PHHSI. This innovative centre is managed by Dr Nelia Steyn, Chief Research Specialist. The CSSEDN aims:

  • To enhance the quality of life of the country’s population through excellence in nutrition research and its dissemination
  • To undertake innovative as well as collaborative research in the social and environmental determinants of nutrition which leads to the improvement of nutrition knowledge and nutritional status in the country, the African continent and internationally
  • To serve as a resource centre in knowledge of African diets and foods
  • To create a research environment conducive to training as well as personal and professional growth

Vision

To enhance the quality of life of the South African and sub-Saharan African population through nutrition research and its dissemination.

Mission

  • To undertake research that leads to the improvement of nutrition knowledge and nutritional status of the people of Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • To serve as a resource centre of knowledge of African diet and foods
  • To maintain and develop a network of South African researchers working on under- and over-nutrition (AfriTOR)