Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

WHO launches special web site on health impacts of food crisis

30 July 2008

Food crisis website

On 30 July, WHO launched a website Global food security crisis dedicated to sharing information on the Organization's response to the health impacts of the current global food crisis.

The site is made up of four main sections:

  • Priority countries
    This section of the site is dedicated to the 21 countries suffering from acute and chronic malnutrition (Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, India, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Yemen).
  • Health actions
    This section contains information on actions being taken by WHO to assist those at risk from the crisis, as well as a number of key documents on the topic.
  • Global network
    This section lists the various WHO clusters and departments involved in responding to the crisis. The role and actions of each cluster / department is described in a brief, with a link to the relevant cluster / departmental web site.
  • Media
    This section is devoted to sharing information with members of the media.

The site includes information on CAH's contribution to reducing the burden of malnutrition among children worldwide, as well as some key publications produced by the Department relevant to this topic, including:

  • WHO/UNICEF/WFP Joint Statement on the community-based management of severe acute malnutrition
  • Guiding principles for complementary feeding of the breastfed child
  • Guiding principles for feeding non-breastfed children.

The site is linked to the web site of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force (HLTF) on the Global Food Security Crisis.