Global Nutrition Cluster

News archive 2013

 

21-Nov-2013: Dear All,  Please see a message from the GNC Coordinator Josephine Ippe:
"During the recent gFSC meeting that took place in Rome early this month (5-6th November), we agreed that, in order to improve the engagement of the GNC partners in the  Inter-cluster WG on Food security and Nutrition, we need to nominate names of individuals from the GNC to join this WG. We will need about 6 volunteers, preferably from partners who are involved in food security and Nutrition programme response.
I am therefore writing to ask those agencies interested to nominate names of individuals who could join this WG alongside myself who is already a member. I am expected to submit the names of the GNC partners by COB Tuesday next week (26/11/2013).
I also hereby encourage nominations from the three UN agencies (WFP, FAO and UNICEF)given the fact that, a number of the discussion that will be held within this WG and the decision taken will also affect/influence your work."

21-Nov-2013: The Coverage Monitoring Network (CMN) is pleased to announce the publication of the second volume of its Access for All series. Building on the findings from the previous volume, this second instalment explores the question “what factors influence access to community-based treatment of severe acute malnutrition?”  To answer this, the paper analyses the results from over 40 coverage assessments carried out by the CMN around the world, and complements this with first-hand account from field programmes in Ethiopia, Pakistan and Kenya.
TYhe second policy paper in the series “Access for All” that the CMN is producing can be found online here:  http://www.coverage-monitoring.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Access-for-All-Volume-2.pdf

21-Nov-2013: As announced in London Conference CMN is organizing a similar conference at regional level, and CMN would like to invite you a to assist and present.  Please find look here [pdf] for information regarding the conference “Implementing & Scaling up CMAM in South-East Asia” taking place on December 12th & 13th 2013 at the Swiss Hotel in Bangkok.
The conference has a regional focus but now has a much bigger audience, and is open to all organizations, including Governments, Health Sector and academic institutions. CMN will be sharing the final agenda shortly, since they are still open for presentations.

21-Nov-2013: We are pleased to share with you the final report of the GNC governance review [pdf] conducted in July. The report has two section, the first section was written by the GNC-CT with contribution from the SAG and it includes some background which was missing from the consultant’s report. The second section of this report, which is the main report was written by the consultant and it includes the methodology, main finding and the recommendations.
We also conducted  a survey monkey  to prioritize the 39 recommendations to be taken forward, and 30 partners (including country cluster coordinators) responded (see the results here [pdf]), so you can see how the partners have prioritized the recommendations and what comments were provided under each recommendation in terms of importance.
The SAG and the GNC-CT shall be having a meeting with the mid November in Brussels to draft the GNC strategy and many of these recommendations will be incorporated in the strategy and will be further discussed at the GNC face to face meeting which will take place either  at the end of January or beginning of February. The exact date of the face to face meeting of the GNC Core partners will be communicated to you in the next few days.

21-Nov-2013: We are pleased to share with you the second issue of the GNC bi-monthly bulletin [pdf], which provides key updates on the work of the GNC, SAG and RRTs and various IASC initiatives. This issue includes updates from six cluster countries, highlighting progress on coordination and collective cluster responses.
The dates for regional (Bangkok; Dakar) and country (Mali; Afghanistan) level trainings on cluster coordination to enhance coordination skills amongst Cluster Coordinators and create better understanding on the cluster approach among country cluster partners respectively have also been announced in this issues.   Unfortunately, the training in Yemen has to be postpone due to escalation in the security situation. Cluster partners are requested to encourage participation of their respective staff in Mali and Afghanistan to participate in those trainings, at country level.
The SAG and the some Core GNC members will be drafting the GNC strategy and updating the GNC SOP. We encourage all the GNC partners to contribute into this process in order to ensure that the GNC strategy and SOP are truly owned by the GNC partners and are relevant in guiding the work the GNC at both global level and in supporting countries.

21-Nov-2013: Dear All, Please see a message of theGNC coordinator regarding structural changes in the Global Nutrition Cluster Coordinator.
"As you all know, right from the inception of the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC), we have had two working groups, the Assessment Working Group (AWG) and the Capacity Development Working Group (CDWG). When I took over this position in February 2010,  I had the opportunity of working with Grainne Moloney and Oleg Bilukha who were then the AWG co-Chair and the AWG members and these two were thereafter replaced by Jacqueline Frize and Kathryn Ogden. The AWG focused its attention over the years in providing technical input into the development of Assessment tools and guidance and some of the key guidance developed by this group or the one which this group have contributed into were the Initial rapid assessment  (IRA), the Needs Assessment Task Force (NATF) indicators, MIRA and the development of the Nutrition Cluster indicators part of which have recently been uploaded on the OCHA Humanitarian Response website. The AWG also provided technical input into the development of a number of GNC funded  assessment related  guidance.
From the CBWG, when I took over this job, Carmel Dolan and Leisel Talley were the two co-chairs and they were then replaced by Erin Boyd and Caroline Abla.  Over the years, the CBWG provided strategic guidance on the development numerous  guidance and this included the HTP, the  NiE tool kit and the team have also helped with the review of the training package on NiE based on the HTP, which is in a form of PowerPoint presentation, now available in the GNC website. The CBWG developed the initial drafts of the GNC capacity building proposal which was later funded by ECHO, and they then continued to provide strategic guidance to the GNC-CT on the development and the implementation of a number of the capacity building initiatives at both regional and country level.
Over the years, the two working groups also filled the place of a Strategic Advisory Group for the GNC,  where the four co-chairs had consistently provided strategic guidance to the GNC-CT on issues that needed decision from a small group of people who represented the view of the collectives. Often times,  the co-chairs would consult with their respective WG members and gather the views of the members of the WG (who also constituted the entire GNC Core members) and then present a unified view on the decision reached. We have also over the years received a lot of support from all the WG co-chairs and members in the preparations of all the GNC meetings, the chairing and facilitation of session and something drafting of parts of reports.
As you all know, it has been almost 9 years since the inception of the cluster approach, thus the GNC has also evolved and the priorities have also changed with the main emphasis being given to country level support for effective cluster coordination and global level readiness to support cluster countries, and all these are in line with the Transformative Agenda. There has therefore been a series of discussion within the GNC on the need to maintain the WG,  but the decision was finally made during the last GNC meeting in July 2013, where all member felt, the WG have served a very important purpose from the inception of the GNC to date. It was however felt  that,  the GNC has evolved and needs have changed, it was recommend that the WG be dismantled. This view was also supported by the recently concluded governance review of the GNC that recommended the same and this was endorsed by the GNC partners.
It was however felt that, there is a need to still have a body that can provide strategic guidance to the GNC and a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) composing of six people (2 UN, the GNC Coordinator, 2 NGOs and 1 Country Nutrition Cluster Coordinator) was recommended at a GNC face to face meeting in January 2013 and this group was formed in March. The existing group will work until  end of November 2013 but the need to maintain such a structure had been agreed amongst the GNC partner.  
It was also agreed that, issue that required input from the collective would continue to be identified and then a time bound Task Force  (TF)will be found to work on them. Previously we had the MAM Task Force that will still continue as they have to review the tool based on feedback from the field, and we have currently established a TF that is finalizing the indicators work started by the AWG. We are also in the process of forming a IM task force who task will be defined in the coming week.
I would therefore like you to all join me in thanking the CDWG and AWG co-chairs and the members for their dedication over the years in support of the GNC work in the respective areas. I have personally enjoyed working with all the co-chairs and the members of the respective WG. A number of the WG members and co-chairs are already in the respective TF, so we have not in any way lost that capacity, the structure of how we work together on specific issues and the focus that has changed."

17-Oct-2013: Last year WFP began a project working together with several organizations to develop guidelines:   ‘Managing the Supply Chain of Specialized Nutritious Foods’, which have now been published.The  online version is available through the following link:  http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/manual_guide_proced/wfp259937.pdf.    While WFP took the lead with this project, it was a collaborative effort and as such, the guidelines are available to all.  WFP hopes the guidelines will serve those working in field operations, supporting a more efficient SNF supply chain.  If you have any comments or feedback or would like to discuss further, please contact us at snfguidelines.hq@wfp.org."

Please visit our website on a regular basis as it is regularly updated. If you think that we missed some important information, documents, guidance, etc. as well as if you have any suggestions on a website improvement, please do not hesitate to contact us (aziolkovska@unicef.org) as soon as possible.

21-Aug-2013: An important message from the GNC Coordinator:
"Dear All,
I am happy share with you the first issue of the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) News Bulletin [pdf], produced by the Global Nutrition Cluster Coordination Team (GNC-CT),  with input from a few country clusters. The Bulletin covers relevant updates from the GNC, CLA, IASC and a few country clusters. It also covers key highlights from the monthly calls of the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) of the GNC, the monthly GNC partners calls, and the country Nutrition Cluster Coordinators (NCCs). The GNC part of the update in the attached issue has heavily featured the July 2013 GNC annual meeting proceedings and the governance review of the GNC,  which was conducted between May and July 2013.
We do encourage Country Cluster Coordinators and Global Cluster partners to share with us any update which is useful for the wider GNC audience to be included in the next bulletin. We intend to issue these bulletins on bi-monthly basis. This bulletin will also be posted on the GNC website, thus we encourage you to share it with your respective agency colleagues who are not on the GNC mailing.
Thanks,
Josephine"

20-Aug-2013:  Mozambique is one of countries in which the Government has a long tradition of serious engagement in emergency preparedness, through contingency planning, training, simulations, etc. Prone to cyclones, floods, droughts and earthquakes, Mozambique is poor in financial resources but rich in human ones.  “Mozambique Emergency Preparedness and Response Lessons Learned Report” [pdf] which uses a SWOT analysis to evaluate some of the key learnings on emergency preparedness in each sector/cluster.  The Portuguese version  is also uploaded here [pdf]

19-Aug-2013: The Global Nutrition Cluster will undertake two regional level trainings on cluster coordination in 2013.  The participants for this training would be Cluster Coordinators and Cluster partners (RRTs) who are already Cluster Coordinator/Information Managers,  any CLA country level staff who has the potential to work as a Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, thus needs training. The Nutrition Cluster Coordinators Training is to take place in Dakar for the West Africa region and in Bangkok for countries in in EAPRO and ROSA region, but participants from ESARO would also be welcomed into the Bangkok Training, as there is space for 25 participants per training.

Three country level trainings for country cluster partners on cluster coordination are planned to take place in Afghanistan, Yemen and Mali in 2013. The participants of this training (for the first three days) are the Nutrition Cluster partners, while for the fourth day, the training focus on inter-cluster coordination thus other clusters (WASH, Health, Food security and any other relevant clusters) are to be invited. Each training will accommodate 25-35 participants.

16-Aug-2013: Josephine Ippe, the GNC Coordinator, and Brendah Akwani, Kenya Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, will represent the GNC during the First Meeting of the UN Network from 26-28 August 2013, in Nairobi Kenya. The UN System Network for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), co-facilitated by the UNSCN and the REACH partnership, in close collaboration with FAO, WFP, WHO, UNICEF and IFAD, is organizing its first Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, on 26-28 August 2013.  The Meeting is supported by the German Government through the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN). This meeting is by invitation only.

15-Aug-2013: "Evaluation of European Commission integrated approach of food security and nutrition in humanitarian context" report [pdf] and executive summary [pdf] were published on the GNC website. The overall purpose of the evaluation was to assess DG ECHO's operational capacity to fund food assistance programming which contributes to addressing acute undernutrition in humanitarian crises.  The evaluation asks whether DG ECHO-funded food assistance supports (or in some cases hinders) the addressing of the relevant immediate and underlying causes of acute undernutrition. It examines whether nutrition objectives been integrated at all stages of the food assistance programme cycle (situation analysis/assessment, causal analysis, response analysis, targeting and design, implementation and monitoring) and whether food assistance been linked to direct nutrition interventions, where appropriate. The scope of the evaluation is 2009 to 2012, where it was possible to take 2012 into account.

14-Aug-2013: The GNC prepared a presentation on importance of infant and young child feeding in emergencies for survival of children in Syria context [ppt] which will be used to advocate for IYCF-E with the following key messages:

  • Supporting and protecting optimal infant and young child feeding in the Syria crisis is an essential intervention to save children’s lives.
  • While there is currently a lack of information on the health, nutrition  situation and survival of infants and young children we know that the established risks of poor feeding practices are amplified under the current conditions faced by infants in the Syria crisis - additional data on the need would be useful but we already have evidence do we need a proven catastrophe before acting?
  • There needs to be funding for an IMMEDIATE appropriate IYCF-E response in the region (that following international guidance).

09-Aug-2013: A presentation on breastfeeding in emergencies with emphasize on current Lebanon response to Syria region emergency was presented at the World Health Organization for the World Breastfeeding Week by Linda Shaker-Berbari. A WebEx recording if the session (1 hour 10 minutes) is available through this link.

07-Aug-2013: GNC is happy to share meeting reports from the 2013 Annual Global Nutrition Cluster Meeting [link], as well as a report from the Second Annual Nutrition Cluster Coordinators Meeting [pdf].

07-Aug-2013: On 28th of June 2013 on behalf of the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) partners, Josephine Ippe, the GNC Coordinator, sent advocacy letters that was written by the GNC partners,  addressed separately to the Secretaries for SUN  [pdf] and SCN [pdf] and the Directors of Nutrition in FAO [pdf], UNICEF [pdf], WFP [pdf] and WHO [pdf]. The letter is requesting for a discussion with all of them on the possibilities of establishing a robust mechanism where a broad range of nutrition actors are able to share technical knowledge and experience; and develop and harmonize nutrition policy and technical guidance for both emergency and development contexts. The  GNC partners are aware that the function of sharing experience and  of harmonizing such processes was previously assured under the umbrella of the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition and its Working Group on Nutrition in Emergencies. However, since the cessation of the UNSCN annual meetings, this Working Group no longer been operational.

1 to 7-Aug-2013: World Breatfeeding week. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
This year's World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme, 'BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: CLOSE TO MOTHERS', highlights Breastfeeding Peer Counselling. Even when mothers are able to get off to a good start, all too often in the weeks or months after delivery there is a sharp decline in breastfeeding rates, and practices, particularly exclusive breastfeeding. The period when mothers do not visit a healthcare facility is the time when a community support system for mothers is essential. Continued support to sustain breastfeeding can be provided in a variety of ways. Traditionally, support is provided by the family. As societies change, however, in particular with urbanization, support for mothers from a wider circle is needed, whether it is provided by trained health workers, lactation consultants, community leaders, or from friends who are also mothers, and/or from fathers/partners.
The GNC supports breastfeeding and promotes breastfeeding in emergencies. In June 2012 an international 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. The report of the meeting can be found here [pdf]. One of the important outcomes of this meeting was a letter to donors available here [pdf].

22-Jul-2013: During recent GNC meeting in Geneva Nutrition Clutser Coordinators emphasised the need to receive more technical support in some specific areas where expertise might be difficult to find in respective countries. One of them is the nutrition needs of older people in emergencies, how to asses them, how to plan the response. HelpAge International is already designated by the IASC to be the focal point for ageing within the cluster system, and Pascale Fritsch pfritsch@helpage.org, who is a GNC member and presented the HTP module 23 (Nutrition of older people in emergencies) at the GNC meeting, is volunteering to offer a remote technical support to country nutrition clusters.

19-Jul-2013: Nutrition-enhancing agriculture and food systems - online discussion was extended until 29th of July. For more information please see below news from 01-Ju-2013.

19-Jul-2013: The next GNC partners call is postponed until further notice.

18-July-2013: A page with information on GNC Rapid Response Team has been updated. More updates are coming in the following two weeks.

17-Jul-2013: ACF-UK is pleased to share with you the first volume of the new CMN publication, Access for All 

  • Volume 1 offers a review of available documentation on the performance of community-based SAM treatment in terms of; 1) clinical outcomes; 2) coverage, and; 3) cost-effectiveness. The document assesses performance in these areas for NGO-supported programmes (2000-2006) and again for MoH-delivered services (2007-2013). As we expect, the key finding is that performance is most notably changing in terms of coverage.
  • Volume 2 (due in August-September) will look at what’s behind these coverage results, and will provide a detailed analysis of the barriers to access. It will draw from the CMN database, Chloe Puett’s recent field trips to Ethiopia and Pakistan, as well as a literature review of barriers affecting other public health interventions.
  • Volume 3 (due in September – October) will look at the possible operational/structural changes that community-based SAM treatment may need to consider if these barriers are to be addressed. This volume will draw from experiences from other public health interventions as well as some of the efforts made by some of the successes of SAM-treatment services to redefine their delivery models to improve access and coverage.

12-Jul-2013: The Seventh Annual GNC meeting was held during in Geneva, Switzerland from 9th to 11th of July 2013, following by the Annual Nutrition Cluster Coordinators meeting on 12th of July. On Monday, 8th of July a working group on nutrition assessment indicators held a meeting to agree and review the indicators. The report from the Annual GNC meeting is coming soon. The presentations from the meeting were uploaded here.

01-Jul-2013: GNC is happy to welcome a new partner, Plan International.

01-Jul-2013: Nutrition-enhancing agriculture and food systems - online discussion until 22 July2013. Nutrition-enhancing agriculture and food systems is the topic of the second online discussion organized in the lead-up to the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).
Interested stakeholders are invited to comment on how to incorporate nutrition objectives, concerns and considerations into agriculture and food systems, to improve diets and raise levels of food and nutrition security.
The discussion is facilitated by Jody Harris from IFPRI and Leslie Amoroso from FAO.
Please read the full topic on the discussion webpage. Participants can send contributions either via email to: fsn-moderator@fao.org or post online on the FSN Forum (upon registration on the homepage).  For more information please contact: fsn-moderator@fao.org

26-Jun-2013: IASC is currently revising transformatiove agenda related protocols and documents.

  • A draft revision of the Cluster Coordination Reference Module (significant changes in several of the chapters since the 2012 version) [doc].
  • A draft Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) Reference Module [doc].

Both of these documents have been developed under the direction of the IASC working groups with input from Global Clusters, and both of the Modules are currently being ‘tested’ by participants in an IASC Integrated L3 Simulation. Further refinements will be made based on the experience of utilization during this simulation . Core Partners and NCCS are also invited to give feedback on the modules.

25-Jun-2013: We are happy to anounce that Samaritan’s Purse joined GNC as a new partner. Julie Tanaka (jtanaka@samaritan.org) is a representative for the GNC.

25-Jun-2013: We take pleasure in welcoming Mr. Ayadil SAPARBEKOV who joined GNC-CT as Deputy Nutrition Cluster Coordinator on 10th of June 2013.
Ayadil is a national of Kazakhstan. He is arriving from UNICEF Dushanbe, Tajikistan  where he was holding the post of Chief of Health and Nutrition.
We wish him the best in his new position and in the Geneva team.

25-Jun-2013: CaLP is a multiagency partnership with a steering committee led by Oxfam GB, British Red Cross, Save the Children, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Action Against Hunger. Originating from the will to gather the lessons learnt from the Tsunami emergency response in 2005, CaLP aims aims – through capacity building, research, advocacy and information sharing – to improve the quality of emergency cash transfer and voucher programming across the humanitarian sector. Please see here [ppt] presentation on cash transfers, clusters and coordination. For the repository of information on cash transfers for nutrition , please refer to this link. Summary of the paper "The impact of cash transfers on nutrition in emergency and transitional contexts" can be found here [pdf].

14-Jun-2013: The next GNC partners call has been reschedulled for 25th of June 2013.

13-Jun-2013: We are pleased to announce that in preparation of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), jointly being organized by FAO and WHO in cooperation with IFAD, IFPRI, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, WTO, WFP and the High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF), the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) is hosting a series of online discussions that explore the current thinking on nutrition-related issues involving a broader range of stakeholders.  These discussions are convened by the ICN2 Secretariat in FAO with the aim to feed into a technical meeting to be held at FAO Headquarters 13-15 November 2013.
The first online discussion has been launched last week on “Social protection to protect and promote nutrition” in collaboration with IFPRI, ODI, IPC-UNDP, UNICEF, WFP and the World Bank and is open to everyone interested until the 24th of June 2013.  In July the second online on “Nutrition-enhancing food and agriculture systems” will be held. Following in September two more online discussions will be held in parallel, one on “The contribution of the private sector to improve nutrition” and one on “The contribution of civil society to improve nutrition”.
We invite you to participate and to share this message widely with your networks. Interested participants can send their contributions directly to FSN-moderator@fao.org or post online upon registration to the FSN Forum. 

13-Jun-2013: The Building a Better Response (BBR) project has launched a series of face-to-face workshops to strengthen NGO capacity on the international humanitarian architecture. These 2-day workshops will offer NGO staff the opportunity to increase their knowledge on key aspects of the humanitarian architecture: the cluster system, humanitarian country leadership, and humanitarian funding mechanisms. For more information about the BBR project, as well as the workshop schedule, please visit: www.internationalmedicalcorps.org/bbr.

07-Jun-2013: Governments, businesses and civil society committed more  than $4 billion at a Nutrition for Growth summit on Saturday to help end global malnutrition among the world’s poorest children and also agreed new targets for improving nutrition. The commitments mean that funding on nutrition will effectively double from about $418m to about $900m a year between now and 2020.
The commitments came at a nutrition for growth summit co-hosted by British prime minster David Cameron, Michel Temer, the vice-president of Brazil, and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation. The aim of the summit was to put a hitherto neglected area on the development agenda. A total of 24 governments and 28 business joined science organisations in signing a global nutrition for growth compact. The compact will seek to: ensure at least 500 million pregnant women and children benefit from effective nutrition interventions; prevent at least 20 million children under the age of five from stunted growth; and save at least 1.7m lives by reducing stunting, increasing breastfeeding, and treating severe acute malnutrition. More information: http://feedly.com/k/199xdPH.

6-Jun-2013: Please find below a link to a new WHO publication – “Essential Nutrition Actions:  improving maternal, newborn, infant and young child health and nutrition”: http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/infantfeeding/essential_nutrition_actions/en/index.html. It was developed by WHO as a background for the Comprehensive Implementation Plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition, endorsed by the World Health Assembly in its 65th meeting on May 2012. 

The document 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. The objective of the document is to help Member States and partners in selecting interventions that are appropriate in their situation to improve health and nutrition of mothers and children, and to prevent malnutrition (undernutrition, overweight/obesity, micronutrient deficiencies). 

The publication was posted (published) on the WHO website simultaneously with the Lancet Series on Nutrition 2013.

6-Jun-2013: Today, on June 6th, 2013, The Lancet published a Series of papers featuring new data and policy recommendations on global nutrition. The papers are a follow-up to The Lancet’s landmark 2008 Series, which helped put nutrition on the global health and development agenda and identified the 1,000 days of a mother’s pregnancy until her child’s 2nd birthday as the priority window for impact.

Together with the paper authors, The Lancet will launch the Series at a full day symposium at Imperial College in London. Additional launch events will be hosted by local partners in Washington, DC, Ethiopia, India, and several other countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Series consists of four papers and a Call to Action commentary from the authors.

  • Paper 1 considers the prevalence and consequences of nutritional conditions during the life course from adolescence (for girls) through pregnancy to childhood and discusses the implications for adult health.
  • Paper 2 covers the evidence supporting the nutrition-specific interventions and the health impact and cost of increasing their population coverage.
  • Paper 3 considers nutrition-sensitive interventions and approaches and their potential to improve nutrition.
  • Paper 4 examines the features of an enabling environment that are needed to provide support for nutrition programs, and how they can be favourably influenced.
  • The Comment examines what is currently being done, and what should be done nationally and internationally to address nutritional and developmental needs of women and children in low- and middle-income countries.

The Series is now available on-line at: http://www.thelancet.com/series/maternal-and-child-nutrition (free of charge for registered users).

31-May-2013: GNC style guide was uploaded to the website. All backgrouond indormation can be found under GNC Identity Ad Hoc Group heading here.

31-May-2013: Save the Children BSFP guidance note [pdf] and its templates [zip] were shared with GNC.  The aim of this guidance note is to compile in one document the different Save the Children field experiences and to provide guidance for each step of the intervention including tools and templates. This does not intent to be exhaustive, prescriptive and it should be refined over time to incorporate new evidence and successful best practices.

27-May-2013: During the 64th World Health Assembly held from 21-26 May 2013, WHO's Member States have endorsed global targets for improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition and are committed to monitoring progress. The targets are vital for identifying priority areas for action and catalysing global change. More information: http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/nutrition_globaltargets2025/en/index.html.

  • Global target 1: by 2025, a 40% reduction of the global number of children 23. under five who are stunted. 
  • Global target 2: by 2025, a 50% reduction of anaemia in women of reproductive age.
  • Global target 3: by 2025, a 30% reduction of low birth weight.
  • Global target 4: by 2025, no increase in childhood overweight. 
  • Global target 5: by 2025, increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months up to at least 50%.
  • Global target 6: by 2025, reduce and maintain childhood wasting to less than 5%.

24-May-2013: We are happy to anounce that two new partners joined GNC in 2013: GOAL and CRED.

24-May-2013: Minutes of the 5th GNC partners call were uploaded to the GNC website. The sixth conference call was held on 23rd og May 2013. The next conference call is shedulled for 18th of June 2013, 14.00 geneva time.

24-May-2013: Minutes of the 5th NCCs conference call were uploaded to the GNC website. The next conference call is shedulled for 30 May 2013, 9.00 Geneva time.

23-May-2013: For attention of all GNC partners and NCCs. Ms Lola Gostelow has been selected to conduct the GNC Governance Assignment. Lola will reflect on the current structure, membership, operational modalities and governance of the GNC and to put forward practical suggestions regarding how the functioning of the GNC could improve and thereby enhance its performance.
The reflection will involve 4 strands of activity:-
1. examining the various papers of the GNC that speak to governance-related matters
2. examining documents that describe the governance arrangements of other clusters - most notably gFSC, H, WASH and Education
3. a small number of interviews - no more than 25 (a number defined by the time constraints for this work), mainly with GNC members, some NCCs. and with 2-3 with key external stakeholders.
4. an online survey to seek inputs from all GNC members.
During the GNC meeting in July Lola will present the findings and preliminary recommendations to partners.
Lola has already started this assignment and will be in touch with all partners to complete the on line survey; with a number of randomly selected partners and with some of the SAG members and TWG & TaskForce co-chairs to take part in interviews.
We will keep you informed of progress. More information [doc].

21-May-2013:  Action Against Hunger (ACF International) and the Coverage Monitoring Network are leased to invite you to a unique, two-day Conference titled “What We Know Now: a Decade of Community-based Treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition”. it will be held from 17h to 18th of ctober 2013 in london, UK. The two day conference will bring together technical experts, field practitioners and policy makers to help identify priority areas for research and action. The event will review available evidence and emerging performance data of community-based SAM treatment. More information [pdf]

17-May-2013: "Funding nutrition: a moral imperative, an effective investment". An international conference to fight child malnutrition called by UNICEF ended in Paris with a call to hasten world progress on child nutrition and the funding for it. “The Paris conference produced a very strong consensus on responses to be made. It also marked an important step in expressing the political will to attack this scourge by governments, both in the South and the North,” said Michèle Barzach, the President of French UNICEF National Committee. “That must now be translated into the large-scale implementation of strategies that have proven their effectiveness, and into mobilizing the needed resources.”
UNICEF - http://www.unicef.org/media/media_69224.html

17-May-2013: Issue 45 of Field Exchange is now available to view online: http://www.ennonline.net/pool/files/fex/fx-45-web.pdf.

17-May-2013: Please see links to graduate-level certificate courses (fully online) from Tufts University intended mainly for a practitioner audience.
Humanitarian Assistance: http://www.nutrition.tufts.edu/academics/certificate-programs/evidence-based-humanitarian-assistance-certificate)
Delivery Science: http://nutrition.tufts.edu/academics/certificate-programs/delivery-science

16-May-2013: At the end of 2012 The Child Protection Working Group (Area of Responsibility of the Protection Cluster) has launched “Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action”. Standard 22 covers child protection in nutrition in emergency response. If you would like more information please refer to Child Protection Working Group website: http://cpwg.net/ and a full version of minimum standards: http://cpwg.net/minimum-standards/

16-May-2012: Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) is launching its new programme – Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) - at a series of regional townhall meetings in June and July 2013.
R2HC is a groundbreaking new collaboration between the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust that will support world class research into public health interventions in humanitarian disasters.
The aim of the programme is to strengthen the evidence base underpinning public health interventions in humanitarian contexts in order to improve health outcomes, enrich humanitarian practice, and facilitate closer collaboration between researchers and practitioners.
The first R2HC Call for Proposals will be officially opened in early June and launched through a series of townhall meetings around the world:
London, UK –  5th June
New York, USA – 12th June
Delhi, India – week commencing 8th July (date to be confirmed)
Nairobi, Kenya – 18th July
These events will be most relevant for professionals in the public health research and humanitarian fields who may be interested in applying for research programme funding or seeking to build partnerships between researchers and practitioners.
Please see the R2HC launch flyer [pdf] with more information on the programme and hyperlinks to register interest in attending one of the townhall events.

13-May-2013: An inter-agency Survey Manager-level SMART training, organised by ACF-Canada and ACF-Spain, will take place in Madrid, Spain on June 17th-21st, 2013.  This training is intended for European-based headquarter staff involved in nutrition and mortality surveys.
The people who will benefit most from this workshop are:
• People from organisations / institutions directly responsible for the planning, supervision and/or data analysis of nutritional surveys.
• People from organisations / institutions with experience in conducting a nutritional survey, but who need to improve their capabilities by using the SMART methodology.
• People with a basic understanding of malnutrition and statistical principles.
As a result of this highest level of SMART training for survey designers and managers, you will gain knowledge in how to define survey objectives, determine sample size & sampling strategy, recruit and train survey teams, supervise field teams, assess data quality, interpret results, and, finally, formulate recommendations and policy measures.
In order to provide a positive learning environment for all of the participants, a mandatory pre-selection questionnaire has been devised which will be reviewed by the facilitators of the SMART training.  It is important to note that filling out this form does not guarantee your place in the training, as the number of spots is limited. Consequently, please make sure you have filled this form as soon as possible and no later than Monday, May 20th, 2013 by accessing the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SMART_MADRID_2013. You will be informed by email if you are selected to attend.

08-May-2012: HelpAge released new guidelines “Nutrition interventions for older people in emergencies” which were uploaded to the GNC webste here. It is meant to encourage humanitarian workers to assess and treat malnutrition in older people. It also highlights older people’s vulnerability to malnutrition in emergencies. If you have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Pascal Fritsh at pfritsch@helpage.org.

02-May-2013: Report on mortality among populations of southern and central Somalia affected by severe food insecurity and famine during 2010-2012 (press-release [pdf] and full report [pdf]) was uploaded to the website.

30-Apr-2013: "The management of acute malnutrition at scale: A review of donor and government financing arrangements" was uploaded to the website. This review considers the enabling and constraining aspects of humanitarian, transition and development financing, the contexts and rationale in which severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) are jointly addressed in CMAM programming; the role of key United Nations (UN) agencies in enabling programme integration and coordination; individual donor policies and strategies for supporting CMAM in emergency, transition and development contexts; and opportunities for achieving greater impact of efforts to manage acute malnutrition.

29-Apr-2013: World Food Programme, in partnership with Valid international, is currently undertaking a Global review of MAM programmes addressing both treatment and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition

29-Apr-2013: The fifth GNC partners conference call was held. Minutes of the call will be uploaded to the website.

29-Apr-2013: Minutes of the second SAG meeting were uploaded to the website.

28-Apr-2013: The European Union steps up its efforts to fight against world hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. This is the goal of a new policy, just adopted by the European Commission, which aims to improve the nutrition of mothers and children in order to reduce mortality and diseases, as well as the impediments to growth and development caused by undernutrition.

Nutrition is a strategic priority of the European Commission. In March 2013, two essential documents, setting the policy of the European Commission for the coming years have been adopted:

  • The European Union Communication on 'Enhancing Maternal and Children nutrition in external assistance' a joint DEVCO and ECHO policy
  • The European Commission Staff Working Document on 'Addressing undernutrition in emergencies' setting the strategic priorities for DG ECHO in the nutrition sector.

Both documents acknowledge the needs to adopt a multisector approach to address undernutrition, to scale-up nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions by supporting evidence-based approaches and programmes. The documents are available on the new ECHO webpage dedicated to Nutrition: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/policies/nutrition_en.htm

28-Apr-2013: Minutes of the fourth GNC partners meeting were uploaded to the website.

15-Apr-2013: Introducing the new Household Economy Approach & Cost of the Diet website! This exciting new web resource hosts over 200 Household Economy Approach (HEA) and 18 Cost of the Diet (CoD) reports produced by numerous organisations since 2005. These reports provide much needed information on aspects of food security, livelihoods and nutrition in over 30 countries that are not publicly available. Vital information such as this should be easily accessible to inform improved decision-making for policy and programmes.  It is the most up-to-date and comprehensive global resource for these innovative tools. The aim of this website is to bring HEA and CoD practitioners together by sharing reports, guidance, experience, and training opportunities. For more information about these tools, please see below. This website has been developed by Save the Children with support from the Food Economy Group (FEG) and with funding from ECHO.  The intention is that this will be a low maintenance website that will be updated largely by you, the practitioner. We hope that you will make use of this valuable resource and share your own HEA and CoD reports, assessments and training opportunities via the website.  
Visit http://www.heawebsite.org/ and create a log-in and upload reports, trainings and assessment dates or post a query on the CoD forum. 
Features:
•         Interactive map that hosts over 200 HEA and 18 CoD reports including four reports containing integrated analysis of HEA and CoD information to inform policy and programming (from Bangladesh, DRC, Nigeria and Niger)
•         4 new CoD baseline reports (from Turkana, Burkina Faso and Bangladesh) and 3 new HEA baseline profiles (from Turkana and Bangladesh) resulting from an ECHO funded project aimed at building capacity on integrated food security and nutrition analysis
•         Forums, FAQs and guidelines, including a French translation of the HEA Practitioner’s Guide (coming soon)
•         Training & assessments calendar where you can find and post upcoming opportunities to expand the number of people trained in the HEA and CoD methods
 
10-April-2013: Minutes of the first GNC SAG conference call and a final SAG TOR endorsed by SAG members were posted on the website.

09-Apr-2013: A blog discussion, written by Rob Bailey (Chatham House) and Andrew Seal (UCL, GNC partner), has been posted by PloS Med. It considers the context to the Somalia famine in 2011 and the reasons for the inadequate humanitarian response. There are also plans to follow this up with a longer article that will explore the issues in more depth. 

04-Apr-2013: The training section has undergone a major revision with eight pages providing 22 learning materials (training packages and online trainings). The training section now consists of the following pages:

04-Apr-2013: A new SPHERE e-learning course has been launched by SPHERE project. The course is open to everyone and is free of charge. The full course takes about six hours to complete and at the end you will be given a certificate of completion. For the time being, the course is available in English only. Arabic, French and Spanish versions are expected in early April.

28-Mar-2013: GNC started recruitment procedures for Rapid Response Team members (Nutrition Cluster Coordinators and Information Management Officers). The recruitment is expected to be finished within one month. Please follow our vacancies page regularly. You may also wish to request more information from gnc@unicef.org.

28-Mar-2013: The information sharing call was conducted with GNC partners on Syria crisis.

25-Mar-2013: Based on the feedback from stakeholders, OCHA revised MIRA guidance. A feedback is requested by 3rd of April from nutrition stakeholders to aziolkovska@unicef.org.

25-Mar-2013: The report from the consultation "Mid Upper Arm Circumference and Weight-for-Height Z-score as indicators of severe acute malnutrition: a consultation of operational agencies and academic specialists to understand the evidence, identify knowledge gaps and to inform operational guidance" held in December 2012 was uploaded to the website. If you have any queries regarding this consultation or would like to submit a feedback, please contact Marie McGrath from ENN directly: marie@ennonline.net

21-Mar-2013: GNC partners conference call was held. Minutes of the call will be uploaded to the website.

21-Mar-2013: Minutes of the fourth NCCs' conference call, held on 28th of February, were uploaded to the website.

20-Mar-2013: Report of the results of the evaluation of a Blanket Supplementary Feeding Program (BSFP) implemented in the Turkana and Wajir Counties of northern Kenya between August 2011 and March 2012 was uploaded to the website.

20-Mar-2013: Minutes of the GNC partners and Mali Nutrition Cluster conference call were uploaded to the website.

19-Mar-2013: Minutes of the face-to-face meeting of GNC partners held from 24-25 January 2013 were uploaded to the website and are available here.

13-Mar-2013: The first Interim Strategic Advisory Group conference call took place on 13th of May 2013. Six SAG members were present during the call. Minutes of the call will be uploaded to the website.

07-Mar-2013: A final version of the Nutrition Cluster Handbook has been uploaded to the GNC website. Printing of the handbook is in process.

07-Mar-2013: An additional HTP Module 23 on "Nutrition of older people in emergencies" has been finilised and is available to download from the GNC website.

06-Mar-2013:   For the attention of all GNC partners! Through funding from the GNC, International Medical Corps is facilitating a training for GNC partners in Cluster Coordination and the Humanitarian Approach - April 30, May 1, and May 2, 2013, in Geneva (more...)

26-Feb-2013: Members of the GNC Interim Strategic Advisory grooup has been identified (more...)

15-Feb-2013: The conference call between GNC partners and Mali Nutrition Cluster was held.

14-Feb-2013: Links and information on a new manual produced by HelpAge International were addedd. This manual produced with funding from the European Community’s Humanitarian Office (ECHO) provides guidance for the implementation of three key action points to formulate an initial emergency needs assessment that includes older people.

  • Collect sex and age-disaggregated data (SADD) of the population in emergency-affected areas from national population data sources.
  • Make initial assessments ageing sensitive by using methods for estimating SADD in contexts where such data has not been collected during the preparedness phase. Take steps to ensure an age-sensitive approach to community-based primary data collection.
  • Conduct an ageing sensitive analysis of the assessment data to provide a clear picture of the needs of older people and other vulnerable groups in the crisis.

The aim of this guidance is therefore to ensure that the specific vulnerabilities and capacities of older people in emergencies are fully taken into account as part of a thorough gender and age analysis of humanitarian needs.

It can be utilised whether agencies are engaged in coordinated assessments through the Multi-cluster Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) methodology or whether they carry out individual assessments applying any of the different existing methodologies within their organisations.

11-Feb-2013: GNC has created a members-only group/forum for Cluster/Sector Coordinators, Information Managers and Nutrition Specialists at global, national and sub-national levels who work in Nutrition in Emergencies. Based on the requests from the field, the group/forum was created with the following objectives:

  • to create a forum for discussions and information sharing between Country Clusters;
  • to strengthen capacity building of national and sub-national clusters by providing up-to-date information on issues related to nutrition in emergencies and coordination; 
  • to ensure linkages between global and national as well as national and sub-national clusters;
  • to share updates from the Global Nutrition Cluster with national and sub-national clusters (I will post regular updates, even those which will not be communicated through mailing lists).

It is hosted on linkedin.com  (discussions visible only to invited members). In order to join the group, please send a message to Anna Ziolkovska (aziolkovska@unicef.org) or directly on linkedin.com.

06-Feb-2013: Information on GNC Interim Strategic Advisory Group has been added.

30-Jan-2013: "MAM decision tool" has been translated into French and is available here

29-Jan-2013: The final (in terms of content, not design) version of GNC Handbook is now available at the GNC website

24 to 25-Jan-2013: GNC face-to-face meeting, Geneva, Switzerland. Presentations are available here. Meeting report will be uploaded soon.

23-Jan-2013: The GNC website has been updated. It now allows users to access more detailed, up to date information on all aspects of the nutrition clusters' work in emergencies. Some of the main updates are highlighted below:

23-May-2013: For attention of all GNC partners and NCCs. Ms Lola Gostelow has been selected to conduct the GNC Governance Assignment. Lola will reflect on the current structure, membership, operational modalities and governance of the GNC and to put forward practical suggestions regarding how the functioning of the GNC could improve and thereby enhance its performance.
The reflection will involve 4 strands of activity:-
1. examining the various papers of the GNC that speak to governance-related matters
2. examining documents that describe the governance arrangements of other clusters - most notably gFSC, H, WASH and Education
3. a small number of interviews - no more than 25 (a number defined by the time constraints for this work), mainly with GNC members, some NCCs. and with 2-3 with key external stakeholders.
4. an online survey to seek inputs from all GNC members.
During the GNC meeting in July Lola will present the findings and preliminary recommendations to partners.
Lola has already started this assignment and will be in touch with all partners to complete the on line survey; with a number of randomly selected partners and with some of the SAG members and TWG & TaskForce co-chairs to take part in interviews.
We will keep you informed of progress. More information [doc].

21-May-2013:  Action Against Hunger (ACF International) and the Coverage Monitoring Network are leased to invite you to a unique, two-day Conference titled “What We Know Now: a Decade of Community-based Treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition”. it will be held from 17h to 18th of ctober 2013 in london, UK. The two day conference will bring together technical experts, field practitioners and policy makers to help identify priority areas for research and action. The event will review available evidence and emerging performance data of community-based SAM treatment. More information [pdf]

17-May-2013: "Funding nutrition: a moral imperative, an effective investment". An international conference to fight child malnutrition called by UNICEF ended in Paris with a call to hasten world progress on child nutrition and the funding for it. “The Paris conference produced a very strong consensus on responses to be made. It also marked an important step in expressing the political will to attack this scourge by governments, both in the South and the North,” said Michèle Barzach, the President of French UNICEF National Committee. “That must now be translated into the large-scale implementation of strategies that have proven their effectiveness, and into mobilizing the needed resources.”
UNICEF - http://www.unicef.org/media/media_69224.html

17-May-2013: Issue 45 of Field Exchange is now available to view online: http://www.ennonline.net/pool/files/fex/fx-45-web.pdf.

17-May-2013: Please see links to graduate-level certificate courses (fully online) from Tufts University intended mainly for a practitioner audience.
Humanitarian Assistance: http://www.nutrition.tufts.edu/academics/certificate-programs/evidence-based-humanitarian-assistance-certificate)
Delivery Science: http://nutrition.tufts.edu/academics/certificate-programs/delivery-science

16-May-2013: At the end of 2012 The Child Protection Working Group (Area of Responsibility of the Protection Cluster) has launched “Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action”. Standard 22 covers child protection in nutrition in emergency response. If you would like more information please refer to Child Protection Working Group website: http://cpwg.net/ and a full version of minimum standards: http://cpwg.net/minimum-standards/

16-May-2012: Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) is launching its new programme – Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) - at a series of regional townhall meetings in June and July 2013.
R2HC is a groundbreaking new collaboration between the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust that will support world class research into public health interventions in humanitarian disasters.
The aim of the programme is to strengthen the evidence base underpinning public health interventions in humanitarian contexts in order to improve health outcomes, enrich humanitarian practice, and facilitate closer collaboration between researchers and practitioners.
The first R2HC Call for Proposals will be officially opened in early June and launched through a series of townhall meetings around the world:
London, UK –  5th June
New York, USA – 12th June
Delhi, India – week commencing 8th July (date to be confirmed)
Nairobi, Kenya – 18th July
These events will be most relevant for professionals in the public health research and humanitarian fields who may be interested in applying for research programme funding or seeking to build partnerships between researchers and practitioners.
Please see the R2HC launch flyer [pdf] with more information on the programme and hyperlinks to register interest in attending one of the townhall events.

13-May-2013: An inter-agency Survey Manager-level SMART training, organised by ACF-Canada and ACF-Spain, will take place in Madrid, Spain on June 17th-21st, 2013.  This training is intended for European-based headquarter staff involved in nutrition and mortality surveys.
The people who will benefit most from this workshop are:
• People from organisations / institutions directly responsible for the planning, supervision and/or data analysis of nutritional surveys.
• People from organisations / institutions with experience in conducting a nutritional survey, but who need to improve their capabilities by using the SMART methodology.
• People with a basic understanding of malnutrition and statistical principles.
As a result of this highest level of SMART training for survey designers and managers, you will gain knowledge in how to define survey objectives, determine sample size & sampling strategy, recruit and train survey teams, supervise field teams, assess data quality, interpret results, and, finally, formulate recommendations and policy measures.
In order to provide a positive learning environment for all of the participants, a mandatory pre-selection questionnaire has been devised which will be reviewed by the facilitators of the SMART training.  It is important to note that filling out this form does not guarantee your place in the training, as the number of spots is limited. Consequently, please make sure you have filled this form as soon as possible and no later than Monday, May 20th, 2013 by accessing the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SMART_MADRID_2013. You will be informed by email if you are selected to attend.

08-May-2012: HelpAge released new guidelines “Nutrition interventions for older people in emergencies” which were uploaded to the GNC webste here. It is meant to encourage humanitarian workers to assess and treat malnutrition in older people. It also highlights older people’s vulnerability to malnutrition in emergencies. If you have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Pascal Fritsh at pfritsch@helpage.org.

02-May-2013: Report on mortality among populations of southern and central Somalia affected by severe food insecurity and famine during 2010-2012 (press-release [pdf] and full report [pdf]) was uploaded to the website.

30-Apr-2013: "The management of acute malnutrition at scale: A review of donor and government financing arrangements" was uploaded to the website. This review considers the enabling and constraining aspects of humanitarian, transition and development financing, the contexts and rationale in which severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) are jointly addressed in CMAM programming; the role of key United Nations (UN) agencies in enabling programme integration and coordination; individual donor policies and strategies for supporting CMAM in emergency, transition and development contexts; and opportunities for achieving greater impact of efforts to manage acute malnutrition.

29-Apr-2013: World Food Programme, in partnership with Valid international, is currently undertaking a Global review of MAM programmes addressing both treatment and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition

29-Apr-2013: The fifth GNC partners conference call was held. Minutes of the call will be uploaded to the website.

29-Apr-2013: Minutes of the second SAG meeting were uploaded to the website.

28-Apr-2013: The European Union steps up its efforts to fight against world hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. This is the goal of a new policy, just adopted by the European Commission, which aims to improve the nutrition of mothers and children in order to reduce mortality and diseases, as well as the impediments to growth and development caused by undernutrition.

Nutrition is a strategic priority of the European Commission. In March 2013, two essential documents, setting the policy of the European Commission for the coming years have been adopted:

  • The European Union Communication on 'Enhancing Maternal and Children nutrition in external assistance' a joint DEVCO and ECHO policy
  • The European Commission Staff Working Document on 'Addressing undernutrition in emergencies' setting the strategic priorities for DG ECHO in the nutrition sector.

Both documents acknowledge the needs to adopt a multisector approach to address undernutrition, to scale-up nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions by supporting evidence-based approaches and programmes. The documents are available on the new ECHO webpage dedicated to Nutrition: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/policies/nutrition_en.htm

28-Apr-2013: Minutes of the fourth GNC partners meeting were uploaded to the website.

15-Apr-2013: Introducing the new Household Economy Approach & Cost of the Diet website! This exciting new web resource hosts over 200 Household Economy Approach (HEA) and 18 Cost of the Diet (CoD) reports produced by numerous organisations since 2005. These reports provide much needed information on aspects of food security, livelihoods and nutrition in over 30 countries that are not publicly available. Vital information such as this should be easily accessible to inform improved decision-making for policy and programmes.  It is the most up-to-date and comprehensive global resource for these innovative tools. The aim of this website is to bring HEA and CoD practitioners together by sharing reports, guidance, experience, and training opportunities. For more information about these tools, please see below. This website has been developed by Save the Children with support from the Food Economy Group (FEG) and with funding from ECHO.  The intention is that this will be a low maintenance website that will be updated largely by you, the practitioner. We hope that you will make use of this valuable resource and share your own HEA and CoD reports, assessments and training opportunities via the website.  
Visit http://www.heawebsite.org/ and create a log-in and upload reports, trainings and assessment dates or post a query on the CoD forum. 
Features:
•         Interactive map that hosts over 200 HEA and 18 CoD reports including four reports containing integrated analysis of HEA and CoD information to inform policy and programming (from Bangladesh, DRC, Nigeria and Niger)
•         4 new CoD baseline reports (from Turkana, Burkina Faso and Bangladesh) and 3 new HEA baseline profiles (from Turkana and Bangladesh) resulting from an ECHO funded project aimed at building capacity on integrated food security and nutrition analysis
•         Forums, FAQs and guidelines, including a French translation of the HEA Practitioner’s Guide (coming soon)
•         Training & assessments calendar where you can find and post upcoming opportunities to expand the number of people trained in the HEA and CoD methods
 
10-April-2013: Minutes of the first GNC SAG conference call and a final SAG TOR endorsed by SAG members were posted on the website.

09-Apr-2013: A blog discussion, written by Rob Bailey (Chatham House) and Andrew Seal (UCL, GNC partner), has been posted by PloS Med. It considers the context to the Somalia famine in 2011 and the reasons for the inadequate humanitarian response. There are also plans to follow this up with a longer article that will explore the issues in more depth. 

04-Apr-2013: The training section has undergone a major revision with eight pages providing 22 learning materials (training packages and online trainings). The training section now consists of the following pages:

04-Apr-2013: A new SPHERE e-learning course has been launched by SPHERE project. The course is open to everyone and is free of charge. The full course takes about six hours to complete and at the end you will be given a certificate of completion. For the time being, the course is available in English only. Arabic, French and Spanish versions are expected in early April.

28-Mar-2013: GNC started recruitment procedures for Rapid Response Team members (Nutrition Cluster Coordinators and Information Management Officers). The recruitment is expected to be finished within one month. Please follow our vacancies page regularly. You may also wish to request more information from gnc@unicef.org.

28-Mar-2013: The information sharing call was conducted with GNC partners on Syria crisis.

25-Mar-2013: Based on the feedback from stakeholders, OCHA revised MIRA guidance. A feedback is requested by 3rd of April from nutrition stakeholders to aziolkovska@unicef.org.

25-Mar-2013: The report from the consultation "Mid Upper Arm Circumference and Weight-for-Height Z-score as indicators of severe acute malnutrition: a consultation of operational agencies and academic specialists to understand the evidence, identify knowledge gaps and to inform operational guidance" held in December 2012 was uploaded to the website. If you have any queries regarding this consultation or would like to submit a feedback, please contact Marie McGrath from ENN directly: marie@ennonline.net

21-Mar-2013: GNC partners conference call was held. Minutes of the call will be uploaded to the website.

21-Mar-2013: Minutes of the fourth NCCs' conference call, held on 28th of February, were uploaded to the website.

20-Mar-2013: Report of the results of the evaluation of a Blanket Supplementary Feeding Program (BSFP) implemented in the Turkana and Wajir Counties of northern Kenya between August 2011 and March 2012 was uploaded to the website.

20-Mar-2013: Minutes of the GNC partners and Mali Nutrition Cluster conference call were uploaded to the website.

19-Mar-2013: Minutes of the face-to-face meeting of GNC partners held from 24-25 January 2013 were uploaded to the website and are available here.

13-Mar-2013: The first Interim Strategic Advisory Group conference call took place on 13th of May 2013. Six SAG members were present during the call. Minutes of the call will be uploaded to the website.

07-Mar-2013: A final version of the Nutrition Cluster Handbook has been uploaded to the GNC website. Printing of the handbook is in process.

07-Mar-2013: An additional HTP Module 23 on "Nutrition of older people in emergencies" has been finilised and is available to download from the GNC website.

06-Mar-2013:   For the attention of all GNC partners! Through funding from the GNC, International Medical Corps is facilitating a training for GNC partners in Cluster Coordination and the Humanitarian Approach - April 30, May 1, and May 2, 2013, in Geneva (more...)

26-Feb-2013: Members of the GNC Interim Strategic Advisory grooup has been identified (more...)

15-Feb-2013: The conference call between GNC partners and Mali Nutrition Cluster was held.

14-Feb-2013: Links and information on a new manual produced by HelpAge International were addedd. This manual produced with funding from the European Community’s Humanitarian Office (ECHO) provides guidance for the implementation of three key action points to formulate an initial emergency needs assessment that includes older people.

  • Collect sex and age-disaggregated data (SADD) of the population in emergency-affected areas from national population data sources.
  • Make initial assessments ageing sensitive by using methods for estimating SADD in contexts where such data has not been collected during the preparedness phase. Take steps to ensure an age-sensitive approach to community-based primary data collection.
  • Conduct an ageing sensitive analysis of the assessment data to provide a clear picture of the needs of older people and other vulnerable groups in the crisis.

The aim of this guidance is therefore to ensure that the specific vulnerabilities and capacities of older people in emergencies are fully taken into account as part of a thorough gender and age analysis of humanitarian needs.

It can be utilised whether agencies are engaged in coordinated assessments through the Multi-cluster Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) methodology or whether they carry out individual assessments applying any of the different existing methodologies within their organisations.

11-Feb-2013: GNC has created a members-only group/forum for Cluster/Sector Coordinators, Information Managers and Nutrition Specialists at global, national and sub-national levels who work in Nutrition in Emergencies. Based on the requests from the field, the group/forum was created with the following objectives:

  • to create a forum for discussions and information sharing between Country Clusters;
  • to strengthen capacity building of national and sub-national clusters by providing up-to-date information on issues related to nutrition in emergencies and coordination; 
  • to ensure linkages between global and national as well as national and sub-national clusters;
  • to share updates from the Global Nutrition Cluster with national and sub-national clusters (I will post regular updates, even those which will not be communicated through mailing lists).

It is hosted on linkedin.com  (discussions visible only to invited members). In order to join the group, please send a message to Anna Ziolkovska (aziolkovska@unicef.org) or directly on linkedin.com.

06-Feb-2013: Information on GNC Interim Strategic Advisory Group has been added.

30-Jan-2013: "MAM decision tool" has been translated into French and is available here

29-Jan-2013: The final (in terms of content, not design) version of GNC Handbook is now available at the GNC website

24 to 25-Jan-2013: GNC face-to-face meeting, Geneva, Switzerland. Presentations are available here. Meeting report will be uploaded soon.

23-Jan-2013: The GNC website has been updated. It now allows users to access more detailed, up to date information on all aspects of the nutrition clusters' work in emergencies. Some of the main updates are highlighted below:

Please visit our website on a regular basis as it is regularly updated. If you think that we missed some important information, documents, guidance, etc. as well as if you have any suggestions on a website improvement, please do not hesitate to contact us (aziolkovska@unicef.org) as soon as possible


 

 

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