Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD)


To build and implement a science-based, comprehensive, integrated and action/policy oriented 'Nutrition Agenda' at global, regional and country levels that addresses the whole spectrum of nutrition problems towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals and other nutrition-related international commitments, including the prevalence of diet-related chronic diseases.


  • Provide Member States and the international community with:
    • science-based norms, standards, recommendations and technical guidance;
    • operational and political support for building capacity in identifying problems and best policy options;
    • assistance in implementing the required nutrition interventions;
    • monitoring of progress and assessing impact.
  • Act globally and internationally to raise awareness and build alliances, networks and partnerships to support objectives

Strategic approach

  • increased partnership, collaboration, teamwork and advocacy;
  • communications, resource mobilization;
  • modernization and integration of the nutrition databases.

Core functions

NHD has four major programmatic areas of work:

  • Growth Assessment and Surveillance
  • Country Focused Nutrition Policies and Programmes
  • Nutrition in Development and Crisis
  • Reduction of Micronutrient Malnutrition (cross-cutting function):

And three cross-cutting themes:


  • Advocacy, communications and resource mobilization;
  • Partnership and increased collaboration with internal/external partners;
  • Teamwork, increased integration and information-sharing.