Informal meeting to review and develop indicators for complementary feeding

Report, Washington, D.C, 3-5 December 2002

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 23
Publication date: 2002
Languages: English



An informal meeting convened by WHO's Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development, the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, and the Regional Office for the Americas was held 3-5 December 2002 at PAHO headquarters in Washington, DC. review

The meeting objectives were to:

  • review precise definitions of recommended complementary feeding
  • discuss a proposed set of indicators for assessing complementary feeding
  • discuss experiences with assessing indicators for infant and young child feeding
  • identify indicators that can be endorsed for field validation immediately
  • identify areas were research is needed to validate the indicator
  • identify existing data sets and opportunities for research and field validation, and
  • develop a plan of action for next steps

In addition to WHO participants, the meeting was attended by representative of UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development and its Cooperating Agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and academic and research institutions.