Category: Nutrition surveys

AAH in Tajikistan: a flexible response based on analysing the causes of malnutrition

Tajikistan is the most land locked country in the world. The country covers 143,100 km2, an area approximately equivalent to the size of Greece.

Issue 14, November 2001 (page 19)

Addressing poverty and undernutrition in India

Summary of research.

Issue 37, November 2009 (page 9)

Alternative Sampling Designs for Emergency Settings

The Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance II Project (FANTA-2) has recently released new guidance material on survey sampling in emergencies. .

Issue 37, November 2009 (page 24)

Applying GIS to Nutrition Surveys

This article highlights the potential benefit, resource needs and constraints of applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) analysis to a conventional nutritional survey dataset in a developing country or an emergency context.

Issue 26, November 2005 (page 30)

Assessment of the PROBIT approach for estimating the prevalence of acute malnutrition from population surveys

Summary of research.

Issue 45, May 2013 (page 12)

Causal analysis and the SQUEAC toolbox

In this article we report our experiences using the SQUEAC toolbox to undertake a causal analysis of severe wasting (SAM) in a rural area of Eastern Sudan.

Issue 42, January 2012 (page 38)

Challenging the accuracy of ‘hungry’ figures

Summary of published research.

Issue 35, March 2009 (page 7)

Child stunting in Brazil

Summary of published research.

Issue 39, September 2010 (page 16)

Childhood Malnutrition and the Dinka of Southern Sudan

This article is a summary of a report commissioned by the international humanitarian organisation, World Vision, to investigate the impact of social and cultural factors on childhood malnutrition amongst the Dinka of Tonj South County, Warrap State, Southern Sudan.

Issue 41, August 2011 (page 7)

Chronic Malnutrition: a Problem not Addressed by SFPs

An Appeal for a Development Programme by MSF Spain in Mandera District, Kenya.

Issue 7, July 1999 (page 12)

Comment on: Including infants in nutrition surveys

Perinatal mortality and birth-weight reflect the quality of the intrauterine environment and complications of birth.

Issue 9, March 2000 (page 16)

Contextual data collection in nutrition surveys in Ethiopia

Summary of analysis.

Issue 37, November 2009 (page 14)

Determining predictors for severe acute malnutrition: Causal analysis within a SQUEAC assessment in Chad

Following the onset of drought in Mongo District, Guerra Region of Chad, in April 2012 the International Rescue Committee (IRC) began supporting the Ministry of Health (MOH) in delivering a community-based management of acute malnutrition programme (CMAM) for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM).

Issue 45, May 2013 (page 24)

Disaggregation of health and nutrition indicators by ageand gender in Dadaab refugee camps, Kenya

Adequate nutrition in the early years of life is vital for optimal growth and development. However, within the under 60 month (less than 5 years) age group, the nutritional needs vary widely.

Issue 44, December 2012 (page 20)

EPI INFO Training Manual for Nutrition Surveys

Save the Children UK has developed a comprehensive training manual to provide training on how to use EPI INFO specifically to analyse data from nutrition surveys.

Issue 19, July 2003 (page 19)

Estimating the Target Under Five Population for Feeding Programmes in Emergencies

This article discusses the problem of accurately estimating the target population for the planning of emergency nutrition programmes and presents a tool developed by Save the Children UK aimed at improving the process.

Issue 23, November 2004 (page 18)

Evaluation of MSF Holland mission in Afghanistan

Summary of Evaluation.

Issue 20, November 2003 (page 20)

Evaluation of SCUK Emergency Nutrition Intervention in Malawi During 2002-2003

The 2001 harvest in Malawi was particularly poor and it was recognised by June/July that there would be a substantial maize deficit. Furthermore the grain reserve had been sold off, and the money from this reserve was ‘missing’.

Issue 24, March 2005 (page 20)

Evaluation of the Supplementary Feeding Programme carried out in Marsabit District, Kenya, April-November 1997

MSF implemented a nutrition rehabilitation programme in Marsabit District between April and November 1997, in response to the drought that affected north eastern Kenya in 1996.

Issue 4, June 1998 (page 27)

Field testing LQAS to assess acute malnutrition prevalence

Summary of published research.

Issue 31, September 2007 (page 5)

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

Summary of research.

Issue 41, August 2011 (page 9)

Food insecurity and child malnutrition in North Bangladesh

This article describes the experiences of a Swiss-based NGO, Tdh Fondation, on maternal and child nutrition programming in Bangladesh, and their observations around the impact of the food price crisis.

Issue 36, July 2009 (page 28)

Global Trends in Malnutrition

Summary of published paper.

Issue 23, November 2004 (page 5)

High levels of mortality, malnutrition and measles amongst displaced Somali refugees in Dadaab, Kenya

Summary of published research.

Issue 45, May 2013 (page 20)

How to assess and respond to Iraqi refugee needs in Syria

This article shares the challenges of conducting a survey of the health, nutrition and livelihood conditions of Iraqi Refugees living amongst the local population in the North East of Syria.

Issue 39, September 2010 (page 26)

Impact of Emergency SFP in Guinea-Bissau

Published paper.

Issue 24, March 2005 (page 6)

Incidence and duration of severe wasting in two African populations

Summary of review.

Issue 38, April 2010 (page 16)

Including infants in nutrition surveys

Guidelines on nutritional survey methodologies currently stipulate that children between 6 to 59 months should be surveyed.

Issue 9, March 2000 (page 15)

Interpreting results of field surveys using probability calculators

Field practitioners in humanitarian settings often face challenges analysing and interpreting the results of nutrition surveys.

Issue 39, September 2010 (page 38)

Involving communities in nutritional screening in Ethiopia

The International Nutrition Foundation (INF), in collaboration with the United Nations University (UNU) with funding from the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) will establish the Iron Deficiency Project Advisory Service (IDPAS).

Issue 12, April 2001 (page 10)

Learning from nutrition interventions in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Kenya

Summary of evaluations.

Issue 18, March 2003 (page 23)

Letter on WHO 2006 Growth Standards, by Marko Kerac and Andrew Seal

This new 2006 WHO Growth standards: What will they mean for emergency nutrition programmes?.

Issue 28, July 2006 (page 16)

Methodology for a Nutritional Survey among the nomadic population of northern Mali

Acción contra el Hambre España (ACFE) has been working in Gao and Kidal, two regions in northern Mali, since 1996.

Issue 33, June 2008 (page 15)

Miscalculation of the Prevalence of Acute Malnutrition in Surveys with Oedematous Children

Unpublished paper.

Issue 24, March 2005 (page 8)

Mortality and nutrition surveys by NGOs

Summary of research.

Issue 32, January 2008 (page 7)

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 Method for Estimating Programme Coverage (Special Supplement 2)

This article gives an overview of the coverage estimation method developed for the Community Therapeutic Care (CTC) Research Programme in Malawi.

Supplement 2, November 2004 (page 37)

Nutrition in Commercial Farms Finding the right plaster for the wound

Children living in Large Scale Commercial Farms in Zimbabwe, most of which are owned by white farmers, have higher rates of undernutrition than children living in communal areas.

Issue 1, May 1997 (page 15)

Partnership and Disaster Response (and Post Script)

Save the Children Fund (SCF UK) has been working in Bangladesh since the Bhola cyclone of 1970.

Issue 6, February 1999 (page 12)

Personal experiences of working during the Horn Africa crisis in 2011

The following is based on a face to face interview conducted by Carmel Dolan (ENN) with Mélody Tondeur and Sarah Style, two team members of an ENN technical assistance project to UNHCR , who oversaw surveys in Dadaab camps in Kenya during the height of the crisis in 2011. It describes their personal experiences in carrying out the surveys and their views on approaching large scale emergency refugee situations. Both Mélody and Sarah now work with UNHCR.

Issue 44, December 2012 (page 44)

Piloting LQAS in Somaliland

This article presents a pilot study1 conducted in Somaliland by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation Food Security Analysis Unit, (FAO/FSAU). It uses the Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) method to assess the nutritional situation and compares the results to a 30x30 cluster survey conducted simultaneously in the same sample population.

Issue 33, June 2008 (page 27)

Postscript on measuring mortality rates in cross-sectional surveys: a commentary

Congratulations to Mark Myatt, Anna Taylor, and W. Courtland Robinson for bringing into the light of rational scientific discourse the subject of estimating mortality rates using crosssectional surveys.

Issue 17, November 2002 (page 16)

Retrospective determination of whether famine existed in Niger

Summary of published research.

Issue 35, March 2009 (page 10)

Scurvy outbreak and erosion of livelihoods masked by low wasting levels in drought affected Northern Afghanistan

Kohistan is one of the most remote districts of Faryab Province in Afghanistan. It is in the south of the province bordering Badghis and Ghor provinces and is an eight-hour car journey from the provincial capital of Maimana to the district capital Bandar.

Issue 13, August 2001 (page 14)

The Pakistan Earthquake Survey: Methodological Lessons Learned

On October 8, 2005 a strong earthquake - said to be the most powerful in the region in 500 years - hit the northeastern part of Pakistan. The result was massive destruction and catastrophic mortality, primarily in the upper Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) and in Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK).

Issue 28, July 2006 (page 26)

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

Published paper.

Issue 7, July 1999 (page 10)

The practical implications of using z-scores: Concern's experience in Angola

In children the three most commonly used anthropometric indices are weight for height, height for age and weight for age.

Issue 1, May 1997 (page 6)

Trends in malnutrition prevalence and mortality

The May 2010 issue of the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CE-DAT) publication, CE-DAT Scene1 includes a summary of the 2009 trends in malnutrition and mortality. These make interesting reading.

Issue 39, September 2010 (page 30)

UNHCR standardised nutrition survey guidelines and training

Nutritional outcomes continue to be of concern in most refugee contexts. UNHCR recommends the measurement of anthropometric status, anaemia and other associated indicators (including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and mosquito net coverage) on an annual basis in order to monitor situations and to react in a timely manner to any deterioration.

Issue 42, January 2012 (page 57)

UNICEF framework fosters collaboration in Afghanistan

Summary of published report.

Issue 37, November 2009 (page 6)

Using SLEAC as a wide-area survey method

In 2010, UNICEF approached VALID International Ltd. to design and conduct a national coverage survey of the government-run community based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programme in Sierra Leone.

Issue 42, January 2012 (page 40)

WHO Growth Standards to assess Indonesian children < 2 years

Summary of published research.

Issue 38, April 2010 (page 15)