Nutrition publications

Driving commitment for nutrition within the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition

21 February 2018 -- This publication is a derivative product summarizing the global, evidence-informed recommendations and principles of the World Health Organization that address malnutrition in all its forms in adolescents with the aim of ensuring healthy lives and well-being among this group.

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 – 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.

Capture the moment - Early initiation of breastfeeding: the best start for every newborn

breastfeeding asian mother and baby

31 July 2018 – The early initiation of breastfeeding – putting newborns to the breast within the first hour of life – is critical to newborn survival and to establishing breastfeeding over the long term. When breastfeeding is delayed after birth, the consequences can be life-threatening – and the longer newborns are left waiting, the greater the risk.

HIV and infant feeding in emergencies: operational guidance

 HIV and infant feeding in emergencies: operational guidance publication cover

25 June 2018 – As part of its response to the global epidemic of obesity, WHO is today releasing guidelines to support primary healthcare workers identify and help children who are overweight or obese. In 2016 an estimated 41 million children under 5 were affected by overweight or obesity. Without effective treatment they are very likely to remain overweight and obese throughout their lives, putting them at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and premature death, as well as suffering physical and psychological consequences in childhood.

Marketing of breast-milk substitutes: National implementation of the international code - Status report 2018

Code report 2018 - mother and infant photo

23 May 2018 -- This report provides updated information on the status of implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly resolutions (“the Code”) in and by countries. The report documents the adoption of new legislation implementing the Code in a few countries since 2016, and formulation of additional measures to strengthen existing legislation in others. It also provides a regional perspective on the legal status of the Code, and in countries where such information is available, the extent to which Code provisions have been incorporated in national legal measures.

Fortification of rice with vitamins and minerals in public health

Fortification of rice with vitamins and minerals in public health publication cover

17 May 2018 -- This guideline complements the WHO/FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) Guidelines on food fortification with micronutrients (2006) and the Pan American Health Organization publication, Iron compounds for food fortification: guidelines for Latin America and the Caribbean 2002. This document expands the sections on dissemination and updates the summary of evidence used for the guideline, based on the most recent systematic and narrative reviews on the topic.

Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: the revised Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative 2018

breastfeeding guideline buffet photo
Tom Stanley

22 March 2018 -- This updated implementation guidance is intended for all those who set policy for, or offer care to, pregnant women, families and infants: governments; national managers of maternal and child health programmes in general, and of breastfeeding- and Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)-related programmes in particular; and health-facility managers at different levels (facility directors, medical directors, chiefs of maternity and neonatal wards). The document presents the first revision of the Ten Steps since 1989. The topic of each step is unchanged, but the wording of each one has been updated in line with the evidence-based guidelines and global public health policy.

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