Category: Nutrition assessment

A collaborative approach to a nutritional crisis in an area accessible only by air

Merlin started working in Sierra Leone in 1996 in response to health and nutritional crises caused by the civil war and is currently supporting programmes in both Kenema District in the East of the country and in Freetown.

Issue 11, December 2000 (page 21)

ACC/SCN Working Group on Nutrition in Emergencies

Excerpts from Working Group Report.

Issue 10, July 2000 (page 10)

An Ongoing Omission: Adolescent and Adult Malnutrition in Famine Situations

The year of the 1998 famine will go down as another disastrous period in the history of southern Sudan.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 19)

Assessing malnutrition in older people

During emergencies the elderly are often identified as a vulnerable group who appear susceptible to malnutrition and disease.

Issue 1, May 1997 (page 10)

Assessing nutritional status in HIV positive adults

Summary of published research.

Issue 29, December 2006 (page 14)

Assessing sensitivity of case-finding using capturerecapture techniques

In this article we will explore the use of capturerecapture techniques to estimate the sensitivity (also called exhaustivity) of two case-finding methods. The sensitivity of a case-finding method is a measure of how well the method performs at finding cases.

Issue 27, March 2006 (page 13)

Assessment of adult malnutrition

Assessment of Adult Malnutrition was the subject of a special meeting held during the SCN’s 28th session in Nairobi in April 2001.

Issue 13, August 2001 (page 11)

Bangwe Home Based Care Project in Malawi

Summary of published research.

Issue 25, May 2005 (page 10)

BMI: A Strong and Independent Predictor of Survival in HIV

Summary of published research.

Issue 25, May 2005 (page 9)

Can the Nutrition Information System be ‘trusted’ to build on available data sources?

In Ethiopia, the role of the national Nutrition Information System (NIS) has been clearly stated in the Ethiopian National Nutrition Programme (NNP). There are three constituent parts to this role.

Issue 40, February 2011 (page 12)

CMAM in Cambodia – indicators of acute malnutrition for screening

This article from Cambodia shares observed differences in acute malnutrition prevalence between WH and MUAC in national survey and some programming data that run counter to the pattern observed in other regions. The authors go on to discuss programming implications for the interim CMAM guidelines in Cambodia.

Issue 39, September 2010 (page 47)

Cross-sectional assessment of retrospective mortality in humanitarian emergencies

Summary of published research.

Issue 38, April 2010 (page 12)

Dietary Treatment of Severe Malnutrition in Adults

A recently published paper reports the results of a study conducted by Concern Worldwide on severely malnourished adults in Baidoa, Somalia, a town at the epicentre of the 1992 famine.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 11)

Emergency food-based programming in urban settings

Summary of published research.

Issue 35, March 2009 (page 14)

Emergency Nutrition Assessment Guidelines for field workers

SC UK have just produced a new publication entitled ‘Emergency Nutrition Assessment – Guidelines for field workers’.

Issue 24, March 2005 (page 15)

Experiences in addressing malnutrition and anaemia in Gaza

ousehold food security in the Gaza Strip has deteriorated significantly since the inception of the Israeli blockade in June 2007, with extremely severe restrictions on the entry of goods and the virtual halt of movements of Gazan people in and out of the territory.

Issue 38, April 2010 (page 27)

Fluctuations in wasting in vulnerable child populations in the Greater Horn of Africa

Summary of research.

Issue 41, August 2011 (page 9)

Global hunger index

Summary of report.

Issue 37, November 2009 (page 25)

Global Nutrition Index

Summary of research.

Issue 36, July 2009 (page 6)

Guidelines for estimating age in young children

The FAO have recently produced guidelines for estimating the month and year of birth of young children.

Issue 36, July 2009 (page 17)

Impact of WHO Growth Standards on SAM response to treatment

Summary of published research.

Issue 35, March 2009 (page 17)

Integrated Nutrition and Food Security Surveillance in Malawi

This article describes a surveillance system developed and implemented by AAH and partners in Malawi, that monitors nutrition and food security (through a food stress index) in a sample of children under 5 years at sentinel sites. The development of user friendly software programmes for data analysis is facilitating the integration of the system into government structures.

Issue 33, June 2008 (page 22)

Integrating anaemia analysis in SMART surveys in Bolivia


Issue 44, December 2012 (page 36)

Maintaining GOAL’s capacity to support surveillance in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has suffered from numerous natural and man-made emergencies and continues to be vulnerable to rapid and slow onset emergencies. Since the major famine in 1984/85, considerable efforts have been made to install a credible and effective early warning system (EWS) as part of emergency preparedness to enable a timely disaster response.

Issue 40, February 2011 (page 62)

Methods for Assessing Malnutrition in Older People

A Summary of Initial Findings.

Issue 3, January 1998 (page 8)

New method for assessing acute malnutrition in nomadic pastoralist populations

This article describes a new survey method for assessing acute malnutrition in nomadic pastoralist populations, including a case study from Mali.

Issue 35, March 2009 (page 31)

New WHO Growth Standards: more harm than good?

A recent letter in the LANCET questions whether the new WHO growth standards2, reported in issue 28 of Field Exchange, may do more harm than good.

Issue 30, April 2007 (page 16)

Nutrition and baseline survey of older people in three refugee camps in Dadaab

This short summary of the findings of a nutrition survey conducted by HelpAge International in a refugee population in Kenya lend support to two other pieces in the research section of this issue of Field Exchange where lack of funding for older people caught up in humanitarian crises as well and neglect of the needs of older people amongst displaced populations are highlighted. (Ed).

Issue 44, December 2012 (page 19)

Nutrition assessments in Zimbabwe: a local perspective

Following deterioration in the food security situation in Zimbabwe at the end of 2001, by December 2002, a number of emergency assessments had been carried out in the country.

Issue 18, March 2003 (page 31)

Nutrition Surveillance in Somalia

Somalia has been without a central government for the past eleven years and has within its borders a number of areas that are highly vulnerable in terms of food insecurity.

Issue 14, November 2001 (page 12)

Nutrition Survey in the DPRK

Two previous articles in Field Exchange focused on the food emergency in DPRK.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 14)

Nutritional status and handgrip strength in older refugees

Summary of research.

Issue 18, March 2003 (page 5)

Programme implications for WHO Growth Standards rollout

Summary of research.

Issue 37, November 2009 (page 14)

Revisiting the concept of growth monitoring and its possible role in communitybased programmes

Summary of review.

Issue 42, January 2012 (page 25)

Seasonal patterns of weight for age: Zimbabwe

Summary of published paper.

Issue 15, April 2002 (page 5)

The Emergency Nutrition Coordination Unit of Ethiopia roles, responsibilities and achievements

The history of the Emergency Nutrition Coordination Unit (ENCU) can be divided into two five-year phases: Phase One, the inception phase (2000- 2005) and Phase Two, the expansion phase (2005-2010).

Issue 40, February 2011 (page 33)

The Evolution of Ethiopian Government’s Early Warning System

Disaster Management structures and systems have a relatively short history in Ethiopia having evolved after the ‘great famine’ of 1973/74 when the first government institution, the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) was created.

Issue 40, February 2011 (page 65)

The limits of human starvation

Summary of published paper.

Issue 15, April 2002 (page 5)

The Potential Use of Maternal Size in Priority Setting When Combating Childhood Malnutrition

Published paper.

Issue 7, July 1999 (page 10)

Understanding the food crisis in Zimbabwe

The situation in Zimbabwe has spiralled into crisis as a result of complex underlying factors. First, the political environment is unstable and the government has been accused of poor governance.

Issue 18, March 2003 (page 33)

WFP Assessment Mission

Athree month assessment mission to Bahr El Gazal Region in Southern Sudan was undertaken by WFP between August and November 1998.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 29)

WHO growth reference for children and adolescents

Summary of published research.

Issue 32, January 2008 (page 12)

WHO Growth Standards to assess Indonesian children < 2 years

Summary of published research.

Issue 38, April 2010 (page 15)