Nutrition

Launch of the Essential Nutrition Actions: mainstreaming nutrition through the life-course

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Samer Daboul

4 September 2019 – The updated edition of the Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) has been released. This publication promotes the implementation of essential nutrition actions as part of comprehensive and coordinated action from multiple sectors. It recommends strengthening nutrition interventions in the provision of health packages through the health-care system in all settings.

Safeguarding against economic slowdowns and downturns

South Sudan: a women prepares sorghum for her family in front of her home.
FAO/Stefanie Glinski

19 August 2019 – The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 is an important measure of global progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger. It gives an updated estimate of the number of hungry people in the world, including regional and national breakdowns, and the latest data on child stunting and wasting as well as on adult and child obesity.

World Breastfeeding Week 2019

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WHO/M. Niewenhof

1 August 2019 – World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Recommendations for data collection, analysis and reporting on anthropometric indicators in children under 5 years old

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WHO and UNICEF

28 May 2019 – WHO and UNICEF released the “Recommendations for data collection, analysis and reporting on anthropometric indicators in children under 5 years old” guidance document. This document is intended as a reference for the recommended steps in collecting, analyzing and reporting malnutrition estimates based on anthropometric data in nationally representative surveys. Its objective is to set out standardized methods for generating representative malnutrition estimates based on anthropometric data relating to weight, length/height and age in children less than 5 years old. Improving data quality will fill up data gaps and will allow countries to track their progress towards the Global Nutrition Targets for 2025 and the SDGs for 2030 more effectively.

Five billion people still at risk from industrial trans fat exposure

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Trans fat causes estimated half a million deaths each year

22 May 2019 | First WHO annual report on trans fat elimination shows some countries are taking action, but more is needed. Six countries restricted industrially produced trans fat since 2018, and another 24 countries, including the European Union, recently adopted trans fat regulations that will come into effect over the next two years. Yet, more than 110 countries still have no regulations against this harmful compound, meaning five billion people are at risk for industrially produced trans fat exposure in the foods they eat every day, according to the first annual global progress report on trans fat elimination issued today by WHO.

UNICEF-WHO Low birthweight estimates: Levels and trends 2000–2015

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16 May 2019 | Geneva – More than 20 million babies were born with a low birthweight (less than 2500g; 5.5 pounds) in 2015—around one in seven of all births worldwide according to the first-ever estimates documenting this major health challenge. These findings and more are documented in a new research paper developed by experts from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published in The Lancet Global Health.

WHO welcomes industry action to align with global trans fat elimination targets

Fats, oils, food and food service industries should join global effort to eliminate industrial trans fat from processed food by 2023
Wine Dharma

7 May 2019 – WHO welcomes the commitment by the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) to align with the WHO target to eliminate industrially produced trans fat from the global food supply by 2023.

Fats, oils, food and food service industries should join global effort to eliminate industrial trans fat from processed food by 2023

Fats, oils, food and food service industries should join global effort to eliminate industrial trans fat from processed food by 2023
Wine Dharma

23 April 2019 | Statement by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

The elimination of industrially-produced trans fat from the global food supply is a WHO priority and a target in the 13th General Programme of Work (GPW), which will guide the WHO through 2023.

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