Micronutrient Deficiencies among Preschool-Aged Children and Women of Reproductive Age Worldwide: A Pooled Analysis of Individual-Level Data from Population-Representative Surveys
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningAnemiaFood SystemsInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Micronutrient Interventions
New estimates of the global prevalence of deficiency in at least one of three micronutrients suggest 56 percent of preschool-aged children and 69 percent of non-pregnant women of reproductive age are affected.
How Do Children with Severe Underweight and Wasting Respond to Treatment? A Pooled Secondary Data Analysis to Inform Future Intervention Studies
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningAdolescent Nutrition
Although a weight-for-age z-score less than three (WAZ <−3) is common among severely and moderately wasted children, this indicator is not widely used in treatment programming. Children with moderate wasting and WAZ <−3, who are typically not eligible for therapeutic feeding, likely require longer or more tailored treatment.
School Health and Nutrition Microlearnings Toolkit
Knowledge ManagementAdolescent Nutrition
The toolkit provides multimedia resources on key school health and nutrition interventions and strategies to strengthen cross-sectoral collaboration and co-investment to improve students’ well-being and learning.
Knowledge ManagementAdolescent NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
Ministries of health used human-centered design to identify how to improve technical assistance delivery for maternal, newborn, and child health and health systems strengthening, all of which contribute to improved nutrition.
Destabilizing planetary pressures and inequalities, societal transformations to ease these pressures, and intensifying polarization are impacting human development. Investing in renewable energy, pandemic preparation, insurance, social protection, and capacity strengthening are critical to respond to these challenges.
1000 Days of Good Nutrition: In the United States or Abroad, It Is About Equity, Evidence, and Leadership
The article discusses the impact of essential nutrient deficiencies before conception and during pregnancy, the importance of creating an enabling environment to support universal breastfeeding, gaps in the U.S. health system, the need for well-designed social protection programs, and the importance of appropriate and timely data.
Supporting Food Systems Transformation with Better Access to Essential Data
Food SystemsFood Systems
Food Systems Dashboard indicators measure components, drivers, and outcomes of food systems to help users identify challenges and opportunities. It also prioritizes actions and policies to transform food systems. This is a webinar.
New Global Estimates of Micronutrient Deficiencies
Food SystemsMicronutrient Interventions
Panelists discuss the magnitude of micronutrient deficiencies globally and strategies to accelerate progress through cost-effective and scalable actions. This is a webinar. It is available in English, French, and Spanish.
Working Within the Food System: Gender Considerations for Achieving Improved Diets
Food SystemsFood SystemsGender
Investments should enhance women’s roles in agriculture and off-farm livelihoods; provide workplace support to offset risks to household nutrition; and ensure opportunities for income generation, decision-making, and control over household income.
Stories of Change in Nutrition: Lessons from a New Generation of Studies from Africa, Asia and Europe
Food SystemsFood SystemsGender
This research focused on multi-sectoral determinants; changes in the food environment; the role of structural factors; and changes in political commitment, cross-sectoral coherence, and capacity. To address these interrelated issues, nutrition policy must simultaneously address upstream social, economic, and equity determinants as well as health and dietary determinants.
Large-scale food fortification was safe with current dietary intake and deficiencies and in areas with low coverage of other interventions. Researchers stressed the importance of effective monitoring and regular dietary surveys.
The Alternative Healthy Eating Index produced regional means ranging from 30.3 (out of 100) in Latin America and the Caribbean to 45.7 in South Asia. Child scores were lower than adult scores in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and high-income countries. Scores were higher among women and more educated individuals.
Interventions to Support the Re-establishment of Breastfeeding and Their Application in Humanitarian Settings: A Systematic Review
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsBreastfeeding
Providing intensive skilled support can help mothers re-establish lactation, especially when combined with an infant's young age, short lactation gap, and strong motivation. Feasibility and effectiveness of relactation support are likely impacted during acute emergency phases and among populations with low baseline breastfeeding rates.
Child Malnutrition in Afghanistan Amid a Deepening Humanitarian Crisis
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAdolescent Nutrition
Since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan, more than 3.3 million children are unable to afford basic food resources and the majority of the population faces starvation. Restrictions on humanitarian assistance, the withholding of vital food supplies, and inadequate medical care exacerbate malnutrition among vulnerable children. Greater global engagement is critical.
Can We Predict the Burden of Acute Malnutrition in Crisis-Affected Countries? Findings from Somalia and South Sudan
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAcute Malnutrition
Researchers explored a statistical approach to predict the burden of acute malnutrition as a complement to surveys in Somalia and South Sudan, but the models did not perform well. The predictive approach remains theoretically attractive and deserves further evaluation with larger datasets across multiple settings.