Nutrition

Third meeting of the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG)

Subgroup on Nutrition in the Life Course and Undernutrition - Area Acute Malnutrition

1-3 February 2012, WHO/HQ Geneva
Salle B - Main building, 3th floor

WHO is convening a Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group NUGAG meeting for the Nutrition in the Life Course and Undernutrition Subgroup in WHO/HQ, Geneva from 01 to 03 February 2012 to finalize the recommendations on severe acute malnutrition.

The main objectives of the third NUGAG meeting on acute malnutrition are to:

  • Discuss the evidence-informed recommendations for global guidelines on the management of severe acute malnutrition, specifically on :
    • The care of children with diarrhoea in community-based management of severe acute malnutrition
    • The care of children with diarrhoea in community-based management of severe acute malnutrition
    • The use of intravenous blood and/or plasma infusions in severe dehydration and shock
    • Vitamin A supplementation in the treatment of children with severe malnutrition
    • The care of HIV-infected children with severe acute malnutrition
    • Admission and discharge criteria for the management of severe acute malnutrition in infants <6 months
    • Inpatient treatment of severe acute malnutrition in infants aged <6 months
    • Fluid management of children with dehydration without shock and severe malnutrition
    • Feeding of children with severe malnutrition and persistent diarrhoea
    • Antibiotic treatment in children with severe acute malnutrition
    • Assessing outcomes of children with oedema treated as outpatients
    • Screening for acute malnutrition in children >6 months of age
    • Discharge criteria for acute malnutrition in children >6 months of age
  • Determine the strength of these recommendations, considering the balance of evidence for benefits and harms, and taking into account costs, values and preferences.
  • Define implications for research in the areas discussed.
  • Agree on a ‘review by’ date for the guideline validity, considering the ongoing research and controversies.
  • Discuss the decision-making process for country adaptation and implementation of global guidelines into national public health programmes.

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