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).
To see a full list of upcoming GNC events, please click on 'Agenda'
Updates from the GNC
Please note that all updates on the PHILIPPINES response are posted on the https://philippines.humanitarianresponse.info/clusters/nutrition website
Updates from the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC response are posted here: https://car.humanitarianresponse.info/fr/clusters/nutrition
Updates on the SOUTH SUDAN response are posted on https://sites.google.com/site/nutritionclustersouthsudan/
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 - http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/en/
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
24-Jan-2014: Message from the GNC Coordinator:
"It is has been exactly one week since we lost Basra Hassan in the Kabul restaurant attack, with the others who perished in the same attack. Basra’s body is en-route to Michigan and she will be received by her family tomorrow at around 2 pm US time. She will then be laid to rest on Sunday or Monday (as per the information I received from her sister Amina).
We at the GNC, have been overwhelmed with the kind words we received from you all and as promised, we have compiled them all in the document to be send to Basra’s family. Given the number of emails received, it is quite possible that a few of the messages might have been accidentally omitted for which we apologize.
We also prepared the attached special tribute, with stories from a number of us who have had special moments or a close working relationship with Basra and we encourage you to read this when you have a moment, as a way of saying farewell to our beloved Barra Hassan. This has also been shared with Basra’s family.
Also attached is the GNC Update, Issue No III, for the months of November 2013 to January 2014, in which we also paid a short tribute to Basra and Nasreen.
19-Jan-14: Message from the GNC Deputy Coordinator:
"Dear GNC Colleagues:
By now you might have learned of the tragic attack in Kabul last Friday that took the lives of so many people. It is with a heavy heart I inform you that our dear colleague and friend Basra Hassan, Nutrition Cluster Coordinator in Afghanistan and her colleague Nasreen Khan were among those killed in this outrageous act.
Many of you may have known Basra and worked with her and grieve her loss now. She was a true humanitarian, a very dedicated, passionate about her job and a hardworking person who gave so much to so many. Please keep Basra and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Josephine will be in touch with Basra's family on behalf of GNC.
May Basra'a soul rest in eternal peace...
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 email@example.com."
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