Nutrition

What WHO/NHD does in context of emergencies

The main thrust of WHO's nutrition work in the context of emergencies is to:

  • Provide effective technical support through the production and dissemination of scientifically validated and up-to-date:
    • guidelines, norms, criteria and methodologies relating to nutritional standards
    • information on food/ration composition
    • assessment of malnutrition including specific nutrient deficiencies
    • improved management of severe and moderate malnutrition
    • monitoring nutritional status
    • nutritional surveillance for both prevention/early warning and response when emergencies arise
  • Strengthen, through information dissemination and training, national, subnational and international capacities to meet the nutritional needs of populations in emergencies.

Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD), in collaboration with the Department of Health Action in Crises (HAC) and the six WHO regional nutrition advisors, works closely with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), NGOs, academic institutions and other concerned groups and organizations, and is an active member of the Nutrition Cluster.

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