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Published: 2013

Programming for nutrition outcomes

Open access nutrition training module
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Chronic undernutrition affects nearly 200 million children in low and middle income countries, with vitamin and mineral deficiencies affecting many more, and there is strong evidence that undernutrition is associated with up to 35% of all child deaths globally. This training module has been designed to explore the complicated problem of undernutrition, highlight its multi-sectoral causes and identify potential programmatic solutions.

There are seventeen sessions in the module. The first four sessions cover topics to assist a working knowledge of nutrition in development.  The remaining fourteen sessions focus on nutrition as it relates to the health, humanitarian, livelihoods and social development sectors. Each session should take approximately 3 hours to complete including reading time. A brief quiz at the end of each session aims to test understanding of the material covered.

Core sessions:
  • Session 1: The Scale of the Problem
  • Session 2: Causes and Consequences of Undernutrition
  • Session 3: Methods of Nutritional Assessment
  • Session 4: International Landscape for Nutrition Programming

Optional Sessions:

  • Session 5: Basic Epidemiology: Evaluating Quality of Evidence
  • Session 6: Introduction to Emergencies: Nutritional Assessment and Early Warning Systems
  • Session 7: Food Based Strategies for Enhanced Nutritional Status: Dietary Diversification and Biofortification
  • Session 8: Maternal Nutrition
  • Session 9: Infant and Young Child Feeding
  • Session 10: Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
  • Session 11: Social Protection for Nutritional Outcomes
  • Session 12: Agriculture and Nutrition
  • Session 13: Climate Change and Nutrition
  • Session 14: Nutrition and Infection
  • Session 15: Nutrition and Health in Emergencies
  • Session 16: Gender Equality and Nutrition
  • Session 17: Nutrition and Education

Each session should take approximately 3 hours to complete including reading time. A brief quiz at the end of each session aims to test understanding of the material covered.
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