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Guideline update: The management of severe acute malnutrition in infants and children

The World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Nutrition for Health and Development and the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, in cooperation with other internal partners, is in the process of finalizing updated evidence-informed guidelines on the management of severe acute malnutrition in children, following the procedures established in the WHO handbook for guideline development.

WHO guidelines undergo review from members of a WHO external expert and stakeholder panel during development and prior to final publication. As part of this process, a draft guideline document is circulated to registered individuals with an interest in the topic for comments.

We would like to invite you to actively participate in this process as part of the WHO external expert and stakeholder panel. Comments were previously received on the scoping questions for this guideline development. At this stage we are seeking comments on the following sections of the draft guideline “Guideline update: The management of severe acute malnutrition in infants and children”:

  • Admission and discharge criteria for severe acute malnutrition in infants and children 6 -59 months of age.
  • Where to manage children with severe acute malnutrition who have oedema.
  • Use of antibiotics in the management of children with severe acute malnutrition.
  • Vitamin A supplementation in the treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition.
  • Therapeutic feeding approaches in the management of severe acute malnutrition in children 6-59 months of age.
  • Fluid management of children with severe acute malnutrition.
  • Management of HIV-infected infants and children with severe acute malnutrition.
  • Identifying and managing infants less than 6 months of age with severe acute malnutrition.

To participate in this process, you must complete and sign a Declaration of Interests form and send it, along with a recent curriculum vitae (resume) to the following e-mail address: nutrition@who.int, no later than 16th December 2012.

You will then receive access to the draft guidelines with instructions and timeline for comment. The participation in this process is on an individual personal basis.

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