New nutrition actions
Another edition of the WHO electronic Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions has just been published ( www.who.int/elena). New nutrition intervention topics include: Kangaroo mother care to reduce morbidity and mortality in low-birth-weight infants, energy and protein supplementation during pregnancy, fortification of rice, and vitamin E supplementation for the prevention of morbidity and mortality in preterm infants.
Please continue to visit the eLENA site for more updates. The much anticipated new guidelines on iron and folic acid supplementation during pregnancy as well as guidelines on the management of severe acute malnutrition in children are expected to be released in the next edition of eLENA later this summer. A film on the eLENA project and its practical application in a number of settings is due to be announced in the coming weeks. The site is also currently being translated into Arabic, Chinese, French and Russian, while the Spanish version was launched in May 2012.
The Global database on the Implementation of Nutrition Action (GINA) is a complementary web-based tool and will be launched in November 2012. GINA will have a user-friendly interface with interactive maps, lists and fact sheets that show what is being done where, when, with whom, why and how to scale-up and improve nutrition. The database already consists of more than 900 policy titles and 2000 action data, which are currently being verified and updated by countries. Registered users can submit data to GINA and share information on nutrition activities. The submitted data are then verified with countries before being published.