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Reflections on the INCAP Oriente Longitudinal Study of early life nutrition: An interview with Aryeh Stein

Aryeh Stein, MPH, PhD, is a nutritional epidemiologist and Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health of the Rollins School of Public Health at Read More

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Placing women at the centre of the food system

Marc Van Ameringen | “Each year International Women’s Day shines a spotlight on women, putting them at the centre of development and equality efforts. For Read More

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Nutritional Supplements’ Effects on Health Systems: The Case of Nutributter in Nicaragua

  Plumpy’nut, Medika Mamba, Nutributter—many of us have heard of these peanut-butter based nutritional supplements, which have, in many ways, revolutionized childhood nutrition interventions in Read More

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Malnutrition Causing Stunted Growth Among Filipino Children, Report Says

News outlets highlight findings from a Save the Children report on stunting and malnutrition among children in the Philippines. Agence France-Presse: Philippine children stunted by malnutrition: welfare report “Children in the Philippines suffer from ‘sub-Saharan levels’ of malnutrition that stunts growth in a people who have traditionally been considered short because of genetics, a campaign…More


A Q&A with Celestine Niyibizi, community health worker supervisor in Rwanda

When did you start working with Partners In Health? I started working with Partners In Health (PIH) in 2005. Before that, I was working as a math teacher in primary school. What exactly is your role as a CHW?


IRIN Examines Public Opinion, Aid Impact Of Technical Term ‘Famine’

IRIN: Do we still care about the F word? “…Technically, famine has a clear definition, occurring only when certain measures are met. They are: at least 20 percent of households in an area face extreme food shortages with a limited ability to cope; acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 percent; and the death rate exceeds two…More


More Than 3M Malians Food Insecure, Hungry As Conflict Persists, U.N., Country Officials Say

Associated Press: U.N.: Over 3 million people suffer from hunger in Mali “More than three million people are suffering from hunger as insecurity persists in Mali’s north, Mali officials and the United Nations said Wednesday. Food insecurity also means more than 715,000 children are at risk of acute malnutrition, said U.N. humanitarian coordinator Mbaranga Gasarabwe…”…More


A public health e-learning master’s programme with a focus on health workforce…

Background: Shortage of a competent public health workforce is as a worldwide problem.


African stakeholders’ views of research options to improve nutritional status in sub-Saharan…

Background Setting research priorities for improving nutrition in Africa is currently ad hoc and there is a need to shift the status quo in the light of slow progress in reducing malnutrition.


MUAC can screen for Low Birth Weight and More in Pregnant Women

Simple color coded devices for triage always come first on our list at Maternova. In humanitarian settings a quick, lightweight band to wrap around an arm and make a referral decision is a lifesaver. MUAC tapes used to screen pregnant women As mentioned in a prior blog post, MUAC tapes are used to assess the malnutrition status of pregnant women. The mid upper arm circumference has been shown to correlate well with Body Mass Index (BMI) and the MUAC does not change much over the course of a pregnancy.


Reaching Those Most At-Risk Of Malnutrition Requires Using Innovative Channels, GAIN Canada…

Devex: Innovative, large-scale solutions needed to address malnutrition “…[B]ecause multiple sectors and stakeholders are involved in efforts to promote good nutrition, there is a need to ‘look at which channels we can activate to benefit’ those most at-risk of malnutrition, Dominic Schofield, director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition in Canada, told Devex on…More


Feed The Future Impact Data Suggests Downward Trend In Poverty, Malnutrition

Feed the Future: Behind the Impact Data in Feed the Future’s New Report: 6 Questions Tjada McKenna, assistant to the administrator at USAID’s Bureau for Food Security and deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, discusses the release of new data on Feed the Future’s impact and writes, “This year’s report is groundbreaking: It…More


Feed The Future Impact Data Suggest Downward Trend In Poverty, Malnutrition

Feed the Future: Behind the Impact Data in Feed the Future’s New Report: 6 Questions Tjada McKenna, assistant to the administrator at USAID’s Bureau for Food Security and deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, discusses the release of new data on Feed the Future’s impact and writes, “This year’s report is groundbreaking: It…More


Government Action Key To Sustaining Nutrition Promotion Efforts In Africa

Huffington Post: Good news: African Governments are Seriously Stepping Up Their Fight Against Malnutrition Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) “…At the recent Financing for Development conference held in Addis Ababa on 14-16 July, the government of Ethiopia took the opportunity to reiterate its willingness to break the cycle…More


International Community Must Make Better Case For Global Health Investment

The Lancet: Financing global health: the poverty of nations Editorial Board “…Although social protection, malnutrition, infrastructure, industrialization, employment, ecosystems, and the importance of peaceful and inclusive societies are discussed in the [Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA)], it ignored the symbiotic relationship between health and human development. Of 134 paragraphs, only one (paragraph 77) was dedicated…More


MUACs are used for screening pregnant women for malnutrition too

How can severe malnutrition be determined locally? Severe malnutrition can readily be determined without scales, with minimal training and with objective accuracy. The mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) has been endorsed and recommended as a reliable screening tool for acute malnutrition. It is an easy and objective measurement that can be followed over time.


Drought In North Korea Threatens WASH Access, Children’s Health, UNICEF Says

Reuters: Drought puts N.Korean children’s lives at risk — UNICEF “A severe drought in North Korea is putting the lives of children at risk and many are in serious danger of disease and malnutrition, the U.N. children’s agency said on Wednesday. UNICEF said in a statement that there had been a sharp increase in cases…More


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