Guideline: Sugar intake for adults and children

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WHO/Christopher Black

4 March 2015 - We are pleased to announce the release of the WHO guideline on sugars intake for adults and children. The new guideline confirms that adults and children should maintain a reduced intake of free sugars over the life course and recommends that free sugars intake be reduced to less than 10% of total energy intake. The guideline further suggests that intake be reduced to less than 5% of total energy intake as a conditional recommendation, which means that policy-making will require substantial debate and involvement of various stakeholders for translating it into action.

WHA Global Nutrition Targets 2025: Policy brief series


21 January 2015 -- Currently, the world is off track to meet all six of the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets. At current trends, the number of stunted children aged under 5 years is projected to be 128 million in 2025, against a target of 100 million. The current prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age is 29.4%, against the 2025 target of 14.7%. The rates of low birth weight remain relatively unchanged, and, if the 2015 target of a 30% reduction is to be achieved, then accelerated progress is required.

Countries vow to combat malnutrition

19 November 2014 -- In a major step towards eradicating malnutrition worldwide, over 170 countries today made a number of concrete commitments and adopted a series of recommendations on policies and investments aimed at ensuring that all people have access to healthier and more sustainable diets. Ministers and senior officials responsible for health, food or agriculture and other aspects of nutrition adopted the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, and a Framework for Action.

Updates to eLENA and GINA

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WHO /Petterik Wiggers

9 December 2014 -- As part of eLENA's expanding catalogue of nutrition actions, the latest evidence and guidance is now available for the following interventions. To suggest a new topic to be included in eLENA, please contact us at:


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Multiple micronutrient supplements in pregnancy: implementation considerations for successful integration into existing programmes

Suitable authors, working independently or as part of working teams, can submit their letter of interest by sending an email to WHO at no later than 5 April 2015.

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