2012-2013 Biennium report

Evidence and Programme Guidance Unit, NHD


World Health Organization

cover biennium report 2012-2013

Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 28
Publication date: 2014
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/NMH/NHD/EPG/14.1



During this biennium, the former Micronutrients Unit and the Nutrition in the Life Course Unit merged into a new unit, the Evidence and Programme Guidance Unit. The mission of this new unit is to support Member States and their partners in successfully designing and implementing effective strategies for the achievement of optimal nutrition in their population, using evidence-informed policy options and best practices in stable and emergency settings. As shown in the subsequent pages, the breadth and scope of our activities increased as a result of this merger.

During 2012–2013, major efforts in World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters, in collaboration with WHO regions, were focused on strengthening the process for developing and updating evidence-informed guidelines for nutrition interventions, as well as updating the Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Information System (VMNIS). Work continued on retrieving, summarizing and assessing the evidence to inform the normative work of WHO in nutrition, and efforts were made to incorporate state-of-the-art methods for improving the quality of the reviews and to broaden their scope to incorporate programmatic experiences.

New tools and resources were developed to support Member States and their partners in successfully implementing effective nutrition actions in stable and emergency settings.