There are various projects that are implemented or supported by the GNC, all of which aim to further the objectives, strategic priorities and work plan of the GNC to ensure an appropriate nutrition response in emergencies that is predictable, timely, effective and at scale.
The Global Nutrition Cluster has carried out and funded a number of projects and research areas in order to actively address some of the identified gaps in nutrition in emergencies. Some projects have been highlighted here, according to the projects main theme.
Projects that cross cut thematic areas
- SPHERE Handbook Update, Save UK, 2009
This update of the minimum standards focused on the nutrition component of chapter 3 as well as cross cutting issues; it considered programming experiences, technical advances, the cluster approach and the work of the Nutrition Cluster at global and national levels. Project Report [PDF]; SPHERE Chapter 3
- Review of GNC Products & Tools [PDF], SCN, 2009
The review evaluated three GNC tools - the Nutrition Cluster Toolkit, the Harmonised Training Package and IRA Tool - to identify lessons learnt, gaps and impact of their use in emergency nutrition response and preparedness.
- Repository of key resources in Nutrition in Emergency, SCN, 2009-2010
This project established a repository of key resources in Nutrition in Emergencies on the UNSCN website, including an interactive forum which hosts the Global Nutrition Cluster Harmonized Training Package (HTP) and collates related materials from the field level.
Project Report [PDF]; Food & Nutrition Resource Portal; HTP
- Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) Critique [PDF], Tufts, 2008-2009
The critique is an analysis of nutrition within the CAP and their outcomes, assessing changes over time from 1992 - 2009.
- Strengthening the Utility of the Field Exchange, ENN, 2007-2009
The project aimed to make Field Exchange material more accessible to trainers, researchers and program staff, with a searchable catalogue of material available in a) hard copy, b) on the ENN and Nutrition Cluster websites and c) on CD-Rom.
Projects Main Theme: Assessments
- SMART A, ACF-Canada, 2008-2009
This project was aimed to finalize SMART Version 2, integrating different modules and providing training and capacity building to reinforce the use of the SMART methodology. Project Report [PDF]; SMART Methodology website
- SMART B, ACF-Canada, 2008-2009
This capacity strengthening project carried out a regional training on the SMART methodology in West Africa. Workshop Report [PDF]
- IRA Tool, WFP, AWG and Health and WASH Clusters, 2007-2008
This was an inter-cluster initiative to develop an integrated Initial Rapid Assessment (IRA) Tool intended to provide a quick snapshot of the situation in the first 7 days after an acute onset emergency. Field Assessment Form [PDF], Data Entry Tool [XLS], Feedback Questionnaire [PDF]
- Review of Nutrition and Mortality Indicators for the IPC - Reference Levels and Decision-making, FAO, Tufts University and ODI, 2008-2009
This study provides guidance to IPC practitioners on the significance and use of nutrition and mortality indicators for the classification of different food security phases. Project Report [PDF]
- Analysis of Nutrition Surveys in Ethiopia, NutritionWorks, 2008
An evaluation of surveys conducted in Ethiopia since 2002 when the Emergency Nutrition Coordination Unit established survey guidelines. Background Paper [PDF]; Workshop Report [PDF]
- Start-up of Health and Nutrition Tracking Services (HNTS), WHO, 2007-2008
The nutrition-related mission of HNTS was implemented by establishment of cooperative arrangements for analysis and reporting of nutritional status information along with other indicatorsfor overall humanitarian assessment in priority areas. Consultancy report and background documents [PDF]
Projects Main Theme: IYCF
- IYCF in Emergencies, ENN, 2006-2008
This project consisted of a review of the operational guidance on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies as well as a regional workshop in Indonesia. Workshop Report [PDF]
Projects Main Theme: CMAM & Selective Feeding Programmes
- Revision of Selective Feeding Guidelines for the Management of Malnutrition in Emergencies, UNHCR with WFP, WHO, and SCN, 2007-2009
This project allowed for the production of updated and revised policy and guidelines on the management of malnutrition in emergencies. These are available in English [PDF] and French [PDF], with a supplementary Annotated Bibliography [PDF].
- Study of new WHO Growth Standards, SCN, 2007
This examined the impact of new WHO Child Growth Standards on prevalence of GAM and SAM using Z-score and % median, on programme admissions and performance, on average treatment duration and weight gains. It also estimated the changes in number of children eligible for admission to programmes. Study Presentation [PDF]; WHO/UNICEF Joint Statement on Growth Standards [PDF]
- W/H and MUAC for estimating prevalence of acute malnutrition, SCUK, 2006-2007
This research project investigated the relationship between Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) and Weight for Height (W/H) measurements of acute under nutrition.
Full Report [PDF, 6.7MB] or Sections 1-2 [PDF], 3 [PDF], 4-Appendix 2 [PDF], Appendix 3-4 [PDF], Appendix 5 [PDF]
- Use of Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements in Emergency Settings, FANTA and UC-Davis, 2008-2009
A technical paper was produced on the potential role of LNS to improve the nutritional quality of foods provided in emergency settings. Final Report [zip file]
- Updating of NutVal Software, WFP with UCL/ICH, 2008
The NutVal Software was updated during this project to allow for automatic ration optimization as well as expanding the food commodities database. NutVal Software
- Evaluation of WFP Targetted SFP Outcomes in Ethiopia, WFP, 2008-2009
This evaluation aimed to assess the impact of the Targeted Supplementary Feeding programme in Ethiopia in managing moderate acute malnutrition. Final Report [PDF]
- Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants (MAMI), ENN, UCL/CIHD, ACF, 2007-2009
The MAMI Project investigated the management of acutely malnourished infants under six months of age in emergency programmes, in order to improve practice by contributing to evidence-based, better practice guidelines. Summary Report [PDF]
- Nutrition Supply Chain Articulation, UNICEF with Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
The project allowed for an analysis of the supply chain for Ready To Use Therapeutic Foods for the Horn of Africa with the aim to improve availability of nutrition supplies. Project Report [PDF]
- Dietary Management of Moderate Malnutrition, WHO, 2008-2010
This project aimed to identify areas of consensus on the programmatic aspects of the management of MAM in children and to identify knowledge gaps that should be addressed by research, both in the area of dietary management and the modalities for providing that diet.
Summary Project Report [PDF], Consultation Papers [PDF], Consultation Follow-up Meeting Report [PDF], Consultation Report - Programmatic Aspects [PDF]
- Capacity building for Management of Severe Malnutrition - Phase I, WHO, 2007-2008
An expert consultation to: (1) achieve consensus on the process for; and (2) develop a workplan for the revision/development of materials in the area of management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) was held. Background, scope and purpose [PDF]
- Improving current practices in management of moderate malnutrition, WHO, 2008
A policy document on the management of moderate malnutrition developed and existing materials on the management of moderate malnutrition updated.
Projects Main Theme: Capacity building
- Tri-Cluster Training of Coordinators, RedR, 2008
This project aimed to develop training aterials for Cluster Coordinators and deliver Tri-Cluster training and training report.
- Review of Nutrition Cluster Implementation, Save UK, 2007
The aim was to examine the performance of the Nutrition Cluster Lead as well as country-level Nutrition Clusters, identify existing constraints and areas for imporvements, identify actions for improvement including responsible agencies and timelines, and document lessons learned. Somalia was a test case.
- Documentation of the Lessons Learned of the Harmonized Training Materials Package (HTP) training modules, Valid International, 2008
Two specialists attended and assessed field based pilot trainings of the HTP materials and gave feedback to the Cluster. An orientation guide for trainers based on feedback and pilot experiences was developed.