Indicators for the Global Monitoring Framework on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition

24 November 2014

In May 2012, the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) endorsed the Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN). The WHA resolution urges Member States to put the MIYCN Plan into practice by including proven nutrition interventions relevant to the country in maternal, child and adolescent health services and care. Interventions carried out should ensure universal access, and establish and engage policies in agriculture, trade, education, social support, environment and other relevant sectors to improve nutrition.

The MIYCN Plan calls for a well-defined framework, that would allow a harmonized and internationally accepted approach to monitoring of progress towards nutrition targets at both the national and global levels as well as on the actions taken to put the Comprehensive Implementation Plan into practice.

The monitoring framework has a core set of indicators, to be reported by all countries and an extended set of indicators, from which countries can draw to design national nutrition surveillance systems fitting the specific epidemiological patterns and program decisions.

This paper presents a complete proposal of the core set of indicators that can be used at global and country levels, a proposal on the extended set of indicators and provides background for the proposed choices, as requested by the consultation with Member States and UN Agencies in October 2013.

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