Global Nutrition Cluster

Global Nutrition Cluster

The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) was established in 2006 with a vision to safeguard and improve the nutritional status of emergency affected populations by ensuring a coordinated, appropriate response that is predictable, timely, effective and at scale. The GNC is made up of 40 partner organizations and two organisations-observers at global level. More details are available within this website (about the GNC, GNC members, as well as country nutrition clusters). GNC news

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Updates from the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC response are posted here:

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09-April -14  Dear Global Nutrition Cluster partners,

I am pleased to share with you the fourth issue of the GNC Bulletin, which provides key updates on the work of the GNC and country cluster work. This issue features updates from the recent GNC Face-to-Face Working meeting that took place in February 2014 in Geneva, process with the costing of the GNC 2 year workplan as well as updates on the new SAG and RRTs.

For the country level update, we present the result of the recent Cluster Coordination Performance Monitoring (CCPM) exercises that took place in Somalia and Chad, supported by GNC/RRT in collaboration with the country cluster coordinators. The CCPM update covers the process, the results and the discussions and lessons learned. This month, the GNC partners in collaboration with the SAG members will finalise a three year GNC strategy document, which includes a costed two-year workplan (WP). The GNC SOP has also been updated and all will be shared at the end of April 2014. All document are key in guiding GNC work and our support to countries.

We would like to thank all the GNC partners in contributing in the development of the strategy, the costed WP and in updating the SOP. We look forward engaging you further in fundraising for the WP and the implementation of those activities. Read the full  GNC Bulletin, Issue No IV

Josephine Ippe

12-March-14 The WHO electronic Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions (eLENA) has recently been updated. In addition, several new features have been added to the eLENA and the Global database on the Implementation of Nutrition Action (GINA) web sites in order to improve user experience and access to information. Find more details and the links to the websites through the following (pdf).

04-Feb-14: WHO has published a new guidance “Nutritional care and support for patients with tuberculosis”, which provides guidance on the principles and evidence-informed recommendations on the nutritional care and support for patients with tuberculosis.The guidance is available at the following link - 

04-Feb-14: Food Security and Nutrition Cluster Joint Letter on Roles and responsibilities: Working Principles and Linkages for Operational Joint Action is available here [pdf]

04-Feb-14: A GNC call with Coordination Team from the Central African Republic was held on the 21st of January 2014 and minutes are available here [pdf].

04-Feb-13: Current evidence underlines the importance of the nutritional status of women as a crucial factor in the survival, healthy growth and development of her children. Although it is the subject of less global attention, maternal nutrition is also crucial for women’s own ability to live a healthy life.

The EC demonstrated its strong commitment to 'enhance maternal and child nutrition in external assistance' by adopting a nutrition policy in March 2013. Specifically in the humanitarian context, the Commission’s support is aimed at treating, preventing and alleviating maternal and child undernutrition, to reduce or avoid excess mortality and morbidity, in emergencies. For maternal nutrition in emergencies, the DG ECHO is concerned that there are a number of gaps at policy and practice levels and limited guidance is available, in order to efficiently and effectively address the needs for maternal nutrition.

A one-day technical roundtable on “Maternal Nutrition in Emergencies” was held in Brussels in November 2013, convened by DG ECHO. The meeting brought together key DG ECHO technical staff and partners, agency nutrition focal points, donors and technical experts. The aim of the round table was to discuss the evidence, current practice and issues related to maternal nutrition in emergencies and to suggest priority actions and initiatives required to address these gaps and challenges.

ECHO would like to share with you the report [pdf] of this event, prepared and facilitated by Emily Mates and Tanya Khara (ENN), composed of 2 parts. (1) The technical background paper, identified a number of gaps in the area of maternal nutrition in emergencies and formed the basis for discussions at the technical roundtable meeting. The review summarised the available literature relating to: women’s particular nutritional vulnerabilities, what the implications of these are for women and their infants, current international guidance on maternal nutrition and what is currently being done in emergency programming. A series of key gaps were highlighted as a result. (2) The meeting report provides an overview of the discussions held at the roundtable of the main issues, gaps and recommendations.

Key recommendations have been made during the technical roundtable, which will require follow-up. We would like to raise some of the issues and recommendations in future events and meetings, and will appreciate the support of our partners in carrying this issue forward. For mopre information please contact Catherine Chazaly, DG ECHO Policy Officer – Nutrition,



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Global Nutrition Cluster Coordinator:
Josephine Ippe

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Ayadil Saparbekov

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