Global Nutrition Cluster

News archive 2012

IASC Cluster Coordination Reference Module
This Module was prepared  by the IASC Sub-Working Group (SWG) on the Cluster Approach - with support from the Global Clusters.  It is composed of nine sections  focused on response to both L3 and non L3 emergencies, covering the critical areas of cluster activation and deactivation; cluster functions and management; minimum commitment for participation in clusters; sub-national and inter-cluster coordination; sharing leadership within the cluster approach; and, monitoring cluster performance.  The module has been produced in response to requests from the field for such guidance. 
This module is available in English [PDF] and French [PDF].  It will be circulated to the field to all HC countries for a piloting/testing period until December 2012.  In the first quarter of 2013, the Module will be updated based on experience and use of country teams, and the revised version will be circulated by March 2013.

Strengthening Infant and Young Child Feeding Programming and Planning for Emergency Preparedness and Response. Proceedings of an international workshop, 25th-29th June 2012 [PDF]
The workshop was organised and funded by Save the Children UK, in partnership with UNICEF (IYCF and Emergency Units) and the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) in recognition of the need to support agencies to improve non-emergency IYCF programming, as the best way to ensure good IYCF practices during emergencies, and to improve appropriate IYCF-E programming.
The aims of the meeting were to share experiences, challenges and lessons-learnt in IYCF and IYCF-E programming in different contexts, to disseminate IYCF and IYCF-E policies and capacity development tools, and to discuss recent developments in programming, assessment/M&E and coordination.

MAM Decision Tool [PDF]: A decision tool has been produced to support Nutrition practitioners in their decision on the most appropriate intervention for the prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition. This work has been a collaboration of the following GNC partners: ACF, CDC, OFDA, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF, and WFP. The tool should be used in collaboration with all nutrition partners during an emergency. It is a working document that will be reviewed in the coming year. We hope that it will be helpful to support nutrition sectors and clusters to better respond to emergencies and look forward to feedback on its use.

The CMAM Forum was launched on the 5th of July at the annual GNC meeting held in Geneva. The website contains a wealth of information and resources on the management of acute malnutrition.

The Coverage Monitoring Network (CMN) Project has been officially launched, with technical support offered to nutrition programmes worldwide in the design, implementation and analysis of coverage assessments. Technical advisors are available at no cost to partners, whose contribution is for all logistical/practical costs of these assessments. Requests for technical support should be sent to Jose Luis Alvarez, the CMN Project Coordinator ( indicating the location of the assessment and preferred dates. This project will run until December 2013 and is a collaboration between ACF, Save the Children, Concern Worldwide, International Medical Corps and Helen Keller International, with support from Valid International and funding from ECHO and OFDA. 

The 7th annual GNC meeting was held from 3-5 July in Geneva. The meeting report and presentations are now available.

18 Oct 2012 GNC website launched!



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