WHO guideline development group - nutrition actions



In May 2012, the 65th World Health Assembly endorsed a comprehensive implementation plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition and urged Member States to put into practice, as appropriate, this plan by including proven nutrition interventions relevant to the country in maternal, child and adolescent health services, ensuring universal access.

Member States in turn requested the World Health Organization (WHO) to support them in the monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes; in implementing policies and programmes aimed at improving nutritional outcomes; and in their efforts to develop, or where necessary strengthen and monitor the establishment of legislative, regulatory and other effective measures to control the marketing of breast-milk substitutes. WHO was also requested to update and expand their guidance and tools for cost-effective nutrition actions, highlighting good practices for disseminating the information and delivering interventions.

In response to this resolution and continuing its biennial work plan, the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD) continues to strengthen its role in providing evidence-informed policy and programme guidance to Member States, in collaboration with relevant internal partners and guided by the WHO guidelines development process. This normative mandate aims to strengthen the evidence base of effective and safe nutrition actions to counteract the public health effects of the double burden of malnutrition, and to describe good practices for successful implementation.

To help implement this work, NHD established a WHO guideline development group – nutrition actions guided by the WHO steering group for nutrition guidelines, which includes representatives from all departments in WHO with an interest in the provision of nutrition recommendations in stable and emergency settings. NHD is seeking to build membership of the WHO guideline development group – nutrition actions and is issuing a call for experts.

Expertise required

WHO chooses experienced individuals on the basis of their expertise in the areas under consideration, which include the following:

  • Maternal and child healthcare programmes
  • Health systems
  • Health economics
  • Antenatal care
  • Obstetrics
  • Agricultural sciences
  • HIV clinical care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Risk assessment in health
  • Clinical care of undernourished patients
  • Management of chronic diseases
  • Biomarkers of nutritional status
  • Biomarkers of infection/inflammation
  • Infectious diseases

The WHO guideline development group – nutrition actions meets twice a year (generally in April and November). Meetings are expected to last 3-4 days. Meetings are held in English and all review documents are prepared in English. Travel expenses economy class airfare and per diem of experts to attend the meetings is paid by WHO; honoraria are not provided.


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