Review of Existing Models to Predict Reductions in Neural Tube Defects Due to Folic Acid Fortification and Model Results Using Data from Cameroon
Collecting dietary and biomarker data as well as neural tube defect outcome data should accompany modeling to predict the effects of folic acid intake or status on neural tube defect risk. Researchers recommend using models based on erythrocyte folate concentration.
Preanalytic and Analytic Factors Affecting the Measurement of Haemoglobin Concentration: Impact on Global Estimates of Anaemia Prevalence
Global estimates of anemia prevalence derived from capillary hemoglobin may lead to erroneous severity classification, but point-of-care or other instruments should not introduce variation if properly used.
Considerations for Monitoring School Health and Nutrition Programs
Authors provide an overview of how to select monitoring indicators across a school health and nutrition (SHN) program's logical framework and discuss how SHN programs must adapt when schools are closed.
The second wave of COVID-19 overwhelmed health systems and disrupted livelihoods, agriculture, and food systems. The public sector has an important role to play in moderating food price volatility by investing in storage, marketing, cold chains, and processing.
Modeling indicates that by 2022, there will be an additional 13.6 million severely malnourished children, 3.6 million more stunted children, and 283,000 additional deaths of children. Speakers, including USAID Chief Nutritionist Shawn Baker, discuss opportunities to integrate nutrition into global COVID-19 response and recovery plans. This is a webinar.
Building Better Breastfeeding Counselling Programmes: New Tools for Implementation
BreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
This webinar provides an overview of breastfeeding-related tools, including implementation guidance on counseling women to improve breastfeeding practices; a training course for infant and young child feeding counseling; operational guidance for breastfeeding counseling in emergencies; and an advocacy brief about the role of midwives and nurses in protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfee
The View from Development Donor Countries, featuring USAID Chief Nutritionist Shawn Baker
Adolescent NutritionAnemiaCOVID-19Emergency Nutrition Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Sensitive AgriculturePrivate-Sector Engagement
While evidence-based solutions exist and progress has been made to improve food systems and nutrition, the pandemic has reduced the delivery of nutrition services and has impacted every system that people rely on for good nutrition.
The Foundation of All Development Activities? Part 1 of 2
This podcast episode, featuring USAID Chief Nutritionist Shawn Baker, explores the foundational nature of nutrition in international development and how development agencies across the U.S. government can leverage their strengths for maximum impact.
Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis (SGBA): A Toolkit for Nutrition Programs
This resource is grounded in the belief that gender equality and improved nutrition are mutually reinforcing, a woman’s status is interconnected with her nutritional status, and addressing underlying gendered barriers and constraints will improve nutritional outcomes.
The host of this podcast episode discusses the role of food and beverage multinational corporations in global nutrition and encourages actors in the sector to identify areas of divergence that impact trust and success.
Advancing Nutrition: The Fight for Health of Children and Mothers in South Kyrgyzstan
Adolescent NutritionBreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Micronutrient InterventionsWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Four in ten children in remote areas of the Kyrgyz Republic are at risk for anemia and less than 20 percent of children ages 6–23 months consume a minimum acceptable diet. This video, which is available in English, Russian, and Kyrgyz, highlights USAID Advancing Nutrition’s work with families in very remote areas.
Speakers discuss necessary investments to ensure the agricultural sector can deliver sufficient food and nutrition supplies and ensure good farmer incomes. They address the roles of individual stakeholders, partnerships, and leadership to build an inclusive agricultural transformation, and stress the importance of public sector commitment and private sector participation. This is a webinar.
Small and Medium Enterprises and Nutrition—Making the Business Case
Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
This e-learning course focuses on the key role small and medium enterprises (SME) play in food systems, and both the SME and public health rationale for making nutrition-sensitive investments. It provides examples of nutrition-sensitive investments and their respective business cases, and discusses key elements of an enabling environment to facilitate investments.
The Importance of a Food Systems Approach to Low and Middle Income Countries and Emerging Economies: A Review of Theories and Its Relevance for Disease Control and Malnutrition
Acute MalnutritionFood SafetyFood Security
Nutrition and food systems science is not advancing sufficiently to address nutritional public health problems. The sector requires greater understanding of the structure and drivers of food systems and guidance about the most effective interventions to increase access to nutrients and healthy levels of eating.
Panel Discussion: Early Childhood Education and Nutrition
Early childhood development (ECD) and nutrition experts present evidence of the link between ECD and nutrition; gaps remain in understanding how to successfully integrate additional components of nurturing care with nutrition in holistic programs. This is a webinar.
Building Resilience Through Play: How Global ECD Programs Help Children Cope During COVID-19
Speakers from Sesame Workshop and Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child demonstrate the importance and effectiveness of early childhood development programs, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a webinar.
While COVID-19 halted service provision for young children in many countries, UNICEF continues to implement early childhood development interventions to ensure that young children, especially those living in disadvantaged households, have access to holistic interventions that respond to their essential needs throughout the first eight years of life.