e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions (eLENA)

Nutrition interventions

A breast feeding infant
WHO/P.Virot
Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival

Behavioural interventions focus on the adjustment of personal practices and habits. Adding nutrients to staple foods is termed fortification, while supplementation refers to the provision of individual or mixtures of nutrients separately from the diet.

Regulatory interventions are those aimed at regulating certain nutrition-related activities or actions which have an impact on nutrition and health outcomes. Nutrition interventions that take place in a specific setting are categorized as situational health actions. Other health-related interventions, such as deworming, also have an impact on nutrition.

Behavioural

Fortification

Health-related actions

Regulatory

Situational health actions

Supplementation

Folic acid
Iron
Iron and folic acid
Iodine
Vitamin A
Vitamin D
Vitamin E supplementation
Zinc
Multiple micronutrients
Macronutrients

Contact us

eLENA team
Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD)
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland

E-mail: nutrition@who.int