Communicable diseases and severe food shortage. WHO Technical Note

October 2010

WHO Communicable Diseases Working Group on Emergencies

Publication details

Number of pages: 13
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English



The objective of this document is to provide, in a format which is more accessible for field use, a summary of existing WHO information regarding the principles of identification and management of communicable diseases in malnourished populations. It addresses synergistic risk factors for communicable disease transmission and malnutrition, the prevention of morbidity and mortality due to communicable diseases in malnourished populations, and clinical considerations for the diagnosis and treatment of specific communicable diseases in malnourished patients.

This technical note replaces the one published in 2005.