Consultation on the Dietary Management of Moderate Malnutrition in Under-5 Children

Food Nutrition Bulletin, Vol 30, No. 3, September 2009 (Supplement)


Publication details

Number of pages: 220
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English



WHO convened a meeting in Geneva (September 30th - October 3rd, 2008) on the dietary management of moderate malnutrition (MM). The objectives of the meeting were:

  • to identify areas of consensus on the nutrient needs and dietary management of MM in children that can be translated into evidence-based global guidelines and
  • to identify knowledge gaps that should be addressed by research, both in the area of dietary management and the modalities for providing that diet.

Four background papers were commissioned by WHO in advance of the consultation. In addition to these background papers, a call for abstracts was circulated to a large number of agencies implementing programmes or carrying out research on the management of MM. During the meeting, authors were asked to present key elements of their initiatives to improve the management of MM. The presentations were followed by discussions and working group sessions to develop consensus statements and identify areas for research on the improved dietary management of MM.

Included in the background documents are a short introduction presenting the meeting, its rationale, and reasons why management of moderate malnutrition should be improved; the 4 background papers commissioned for this consultation; and the proceedings of the consultation highlighting the conclusions and the outcomes.

Background documents

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