Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Information System (VMNIS)

Surveillance tools

This section includes some resources that can be useful for monitoring and/or evaluating interventions with vitamin and mineral nutrition outcomes.

eCatalogue of indicators for micronutrient programmes
The electronic catalogue of indicators for micronutrient programmes referred to as “the eCatalogue” intends to contain a non-comprehensive register of standard process and impact indicators for tracking the performance of public health programmes implementing micronutrient interventions.

Survey methods

  • Indicators and methods for cross-sectional surveys of vitamin and mineral status of populations
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    This survey manual by CDC and the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) is intended for program managers responsible for designing and implementing surveys to assess vitamin and mineral deficiencies. It is also intended for others involved in planning, implementing, analyzing, and reporting survey results. This document does not constitute an official WHO position. The document is currently being updated with authorship by the CDC, MI, UNICEF and the WHO.
  • Survey toolkit for nutritional assessment
    This Survey Toolkit for Nutritional Assessment was developed by CDC’s International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control Program (IMMPaCt) to provide epidemiological support to countries to assess and monitor the elimination of micronutrient malnutrition. This toolkit provides a set of resources collected from many sources, including public health specialists from the CDC and other agencies. It is hosted by Micronutrient Initiative.


Anaemia and iron

Vitamin A


Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Information System
Evidence and Programme Guidance Unit
Nutrition for Health and Development
World Health Organization
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