International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND)

Collaboration with the

Global Member Interest Group (GMIG)

IAAND and the GMIG share the goal of providing professional development and collaboration for helping dietetic and nutrition professionals interested in humanitarian and malnutrition issues in countries outside the United States.

The IAAND consists of ~1200 dietitians living in over 70 countries (including 400 who live the United States)  and other ~25 Academy members who maintain their US geographical affiliate but also join IAAND as a supporter.

The GMIG is a member interest group for Academy members who have a special interest in humanitarian and malnutrition issues.  The GMIG is designed to focus on low to mid resource countries or regions and has a strong humanitarian nutrition component, with emphasis on empowering locals (community health care workers, struggling health clinics, etc) in grassroots nutrition care.

IAAND supports professional development and networking/collaboration opportunities for dietitians in many other issues and does not restrict the focus to humanitarian/malnutrition practices in low income countries.

These two groups will partner to promote their mutual interest in culturally appropriate and nutritionally sound interventions and may work on joint projects to reach their overarching goals related to humanitarian and malnutrition in low or mid income countries.


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International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND)

Global Member Interest Group (GMIG)

IAAND’s Mission


Empower members through professional development and promote international collaboration in the global nutrition and dietetics community.

IAAND’s Vision

IAAND envisions a future where there is a global community of dietitians engaged in food and nutrition related health initiatives with diverse populations.

Purpose Statement


The Global Member Interest Group (GMIG) is a community of members focused on improving the nutritional status in regions with high burdens of malnutrition or with nutritional crises due to conflict or natural disasters, through the sharing of information, resources, and ideas among Academy members, students, governmental and non-profit aid organizations, and health workers within these countries.


GMIG raises the profile of international malnutrition within the Academy while developing the capacity of Academy members with shared ideas, resource tools, research, experiences and strategies on the prevention and management of malnutrition in vulnerable people in developing regions whose nutritional status is still highly intertwined with issues of poverty, sanitation, unclean water, agriculture, literacy, and cultural norms and whose financial and professional resources are limited.

IAAND’s Priority Goals

Global MIG Goals

Enhance IAAND communications/member engagement.

Offer members a connected community for sharing resources and experiences

Develop and support IAAND research initiatives and collaborations.

Identify external organizations, including NGO’s, international health and development groups, and government agencies that align with GMIG.

Support leadership development of IAAND members.

Increase competence of members through leadership, education and professional development.

Continually refine IAAND operational infrastructure and financial status.

Advocate for GMIG strategic focus throughout the Academy.