Nutrition

The e-learning platform Nutrition Knowledge Hub (NKH)

NKH web image
2012 Megan Harrison, courtesy of Photoshare

17 January 2019 – Responding to the global nutrition challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) has designed an e-learning platform Nutrition Knowledge Hub (NKH) to build the nutrition capacity of its staff. The platform was launched on 14 December 2018 and aims to build the technical and functional capacities of all relevant WHO staff through e-learning courses and key nutrition-related training and knowledge materials. Aligned with WHO’s thirteenth General Program of Work (GPW13), the NKH aims to contribute to the acceleration and increase of nutrition impact at the country level. The Nutrition Knowledge Hub offers free courses to reach a large public, raise awareness on the malnutrition problem and WHO’s response. The NKH was developed in collaboration with United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Access the Nutrition Knowledge Hub

2018 Global Nutrition Report

Yangambi, Democratic Republic of the Congo girls
© Axel Fassio/Center for International Forestry Research

29 November 2018 – The latest edition of the Global Nutrition Report is released. The 2018 Global Nutrition Report reveals that the global burden of malnutrition is unacceptably high and now affects every country in the world. But it also highlights that if we act now it is not too late to end malnutrition in all its forms. In fact, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do so.

A decade of action to improve child malnutrition

Illustration of nutrition in Timor-Leste
WHO/SEARO/Joao Soares Gusmao

16 October 2018 – Childhood malnutrition, in its various forms, remains a pressing, life-changing challenge for millions of girls and boys around the world. World Food Day 2018 gives us the chance to reflect on the challenges and redouble our efforts to tackle them. It also gives us the opportunity to demonstrate what is happening on a daily basis to improve the nutritional status of children to protect their health and provide them the best change for happy, productive futures.

Taking action on childhood obesity report

child, girl, portrait, health care
WHO/TDR/Fernando G. Revilla

25 September 2018 – Childhood obesity is one of the most serious global public health challenges of the 21st century, affecting every country in the world. In just 40 years the number of school-age children and adolescents with obesity has risen more than 10-fold, from 11 million to 124 million (2016 estimates). All countries have agreed a set of global targets for halting the increase in obesity. While most countries are still off-track to meet the target, many are taking action and some have achieved a levelling-off in childhood obesity rates.

The state of food security and nutrition in the world 2018

A rural woman benefitting from an FAO project to restore livelihoods and enhance resilience of disaster-affected communities in Myanmar
FAO/Hkun Lat

11 September 2018, Rome – New evidence continues to signal that the number of hungry people in the world is growing, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 released today. Hunger has been on the rise over the past three years, returning to levels from a decade ago. This reversal in progress sends a clear warning that more must be done and urgently if the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger is to be achieved by 2030.

3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life

breastfeeding asian mother and baby
UNICEF/UN0151405/Voronin

31 July 2018 – Breastfeeding within an hour after birth is critical for saving newborn lives. An estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, say UNICEF and WHO in a new report. Most of these babies are born in low- and middle-income countries.

Marketing of breast-milk substitutes: National implementation of the international code

Code report 2018 - mother and infant photo
WHO/NHD

24 May 2018 – This report provides updated information on the status of implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly resolutions (“the Code”) in and by countries. A preliminary analysis of selected legal provisions in those countries where complementary foods are listed as designated products in their Code-related legislation is also documented.