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Photo Credit:  UNICEF/UNI194846/Quarmyne
Photo Credit: UNICEF/UNI194846/Quarmyne

UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank recently released the 2023 Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates (JME). Generation of the JME can be hampered by poor quality data, which is why the WHO UNICEF Technical Expert Advisory Group on Nutrition Monitoring (TEAM) has established a working group on anthropometry data quality.

In this webinar, an overview of the updated JME covering stunting, wasting, and overweight among children under five years was presented on behalf of UNICEF-WHO-World Bank JME working group. Then, the the Anthropometry Data Quality Working Group of the WHO UNICEF Technical Expert Advisory Group on Nutrition Monitoring presented a new research agenda to address gaps in the collection, analysis, and reporting of anthropometric indicators among children under five years of age. Lastly, a panel of survey implementers discussed the realities of collecting anthropometry data in population-based surveys, followed by a QA session.

Topics discussed included standardization exercises, how to collect accurate age data, how to deal with obstructions during height/length measurement, and other approaches to ensure good data quality.

This webinar was available in both English and Arabic.

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  • Silvia Alayon (moderator) is the director of measurement at USAID Advancing Nutrition, providing leadership to measure multi-sectoral nutrition activities and use of data for continuous learning and improved impact. She has 18 years of experience in the monitoring and evaluation of global health and nutrition programs. Prior to joining the project, she was a measurement, learning, and evaluation advisor on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Alive & Thrive Initiative.
  • Richard Kumapley, Epidemiologist, WHO
  • Sorrel Namaste is a senior nutrition advisor with the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and a research expert with more than 15 years of experience supporting countries collecting high-quality population-based data.
  • Maggie Kalino is a household survey specialist with over 10 years of experience working with various global household survey programs which include the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and the DHS. Her position as MICS Consultant for the UNICEF follows her previous professional background working with the National Statistics Office in Malawi. Through her current role, she has supported national statistics offices by providing technical assistance for the implementation of MICS survey projects for countries in the East and Southern Africa region such as Lesotho and Eswatini.
  • Walaa AlHadidi, Statistical Engineer, Jordan Department of Statistics
  • Hailu Wondim is a senior program manager with SMART and has extensive experience in emergency nutrition and health programs, having successfully managed various initiatives for international NGOs and donors such as UNICEF, OFDA, USAID, HPF, DFID, and ECHO. He specializes in coordinating health and nutrition surveys in emergency situations and is skilled in methodologies such as SMART, FSNMS, SQUEAC, IPC, and IYCF KAP.