Nutrition publications

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


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.

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

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16 May 2019 – 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.

UNICEF/WHO/The World Bank Group Joint child malnutrition estimates - levels and trends in child malnutrition

29 March 2019 – The inter-agency team released new joint estimates for child stunting, overweight, underweight, wasting and severe wasting (March 2019 edition) using the same methodology as in previous years. These new estimates supersede former analyses results published by UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank Group. Note the entire time series is updated; for assessing changes over time, comparisons should be made based on the update time series.

Guideline: counselling of women to improve breastfeeding practices

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30 December 2018 – This guideline examines the evidence and makes recommendations and remarks on the implementation of some of the details of breastfeeding counselling, such as frequency, timing, mode and provider of breastfeeding counselling, to improve breastfeeding practices. The objective of this guideline is to provide global, evidence-informed recommendations on breastfeeding counselling, as a public health intervention, to improve breastfeeding practices among pregnant women and mothers who intend to breastfeed, or are currently breastfeeding, and their infants and children.

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