Nutrition

Malnutrition in the crosshairs

A farming family in Kyrgyzstan takes a break from the day's work to share a meal.
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A farming family in Kyrgyzstan takes a break from the day's work to share a meal.

One in three people suffers some form of malnutrition – Enormous economic burden – International meeting searches for ways to improve diets and food systems

1 December 2016 | Rome -- Responding to the mounting impacts of malnutrition on public health and economic development — estimated to cost $3.5 trillion per year — via a shift to healthier diets and food systems will be the subject of a high-level symposium kicking off here today. The International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition (1-2 December) will look at country-level challenges and successes to shed light on effective approaches to reshaping food production, processing, marketing and retail systems to better tackle the problem of malnutrition, which blights the lives of billions of individuals and can trap generations in a vicious cycle of poverty and malnutrition.

UN human rights experts urge countries to increase efforts to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, and end inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes

UN Human rights statement on breastfeeding and inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes photo
WHO/Sergey Volkov

22 November 2016 | Geneva -- Today, UN human rights experts told countries that they need to do more to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as a human right, including ending the inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes and other foods intended for infants and young children. The joint statement was issued by the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food and the Right to Health, the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice, and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

New guidelines on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience

antenatal care pregnancy experience buffet cover
WHO/PAHO

7 November 2016 | Geneva -- The World Health Organization has issued a new series of recommendations to improve quality of antenatal care to reduce the risk of stillbirths and pregnancy complications and give women a positive pregnancy experience. By focusing on a positive pregnancy experience, these new guidelines seek to ensure not only a health pregnancy for mother and baby, but also an effective transition to positive labour and childbirth and ultimately to a positive experience of motherhood.

Decade of Action on Nutrition at the UN General Assembly (71st session)

20 September 2016 -- The Governments of Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland co-sponsored a special event on strengthening national commitments to end malnutrition in all its forms. The event was supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and took place in Conference Room 11 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

New released joint child malnutrition estimates - 2016 edition

joint child malnutrition estimates 2016 pub cover
UNICEF/WHO/The World Bank Group

20 September -- The inter-agency team released new joint estimates of child stunting, overweight, underweight, wasting and severe wasting (2016 edition). The same methodology as in previous years was applied. These new estimates supersede former analyses results published by UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank Group.

New feature linking interventions and WHO global targets

logo image of elena, global targets and NCDs
WHO/NHD

03 August 2016 -- eLENA has been updated with a new feature that provides users with a convenient way of identifying nutrition interventions which, when implemented, may contribute to progress towards achieving the Global nutrition and diet-related NCD targets.