WHO is launching the Global nutrition policy review and the Essential Nutrition Actions publications


WHO is launching two publications to assist countries to take forward the global targets and actions of the Comprehensive Implementation Plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition that was adopted by the 65th World Health Assembly in May 2012.

The Global nutrition policy review publication shows that much progress has been made since the 1992 International Conference on Nutrition in the design and implementation of national nutrition policies and plans of action. Most countries that responded to the Review had policies and programmes that are addressing key nutrition issues, such as undernutrition, , infant and young child feeding, vitamin and mineral malnutrition, and obesity and diet-related NCDs. The Review nevertheless identified a number of gaps in the design, content and implementation of these policies and programmes.

The Essential Nutrition Actions publication presents the interventions currently recommended by WHO, summarizes the rationale and the evidence, and describes the actions required to implement them. The document uses a life course approach, from pre-conception throughout the first 2 years of life. It also provides an analysis of community-based interventions aimed at improving nutrition and indicates how effective interventions can be delivered in an integrated fashion.