Nutrition in emergencies

Normative and standard-setting work

WHO addresses some of the problems linked to Nutrition in emergencies through:

  • A manual on how to manage nutrition in major emergencies, intended for health and nutrition professionals, which covers estimation of energy, protein, and other nutrient requirements in a population; assessment and management of malnutrition and related health problems; general and selective feeding programmes; and human resources development.

  • The preparation of simplified field guides on determining nutrition requirements, assessing and monitoring nutritional status, and preventing and treating protein-energy malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency diseases in emergencies.

  • Technical reviews on the prevention and control of scurvy, pellagra, and thiamine deficiency, which are intended to help in the diagnosis, management and prevention of outbreaks of these deficiency disorders specifically in emergency-affected populations.

  • The preparation of guiding principles for feeding infants and young children in emergencies, which provide basic guidance for emergency-affected populations.

  • Training modules for humanitarian aid workers on infant feeding in emergencies, which are being developed together with CAH/WHO, LINKAGES, UNICEF and IBFAN.

  • The development of guiding principles for caring for the nutritionally vulnerable during emergencies.

  • Training modules for improved management of severe malnutrition for senior health workers.