The Meaning and Measurement of Acute Malnutrition in Emergencies: A Primer for Decision-Makers
The prevalence of acute malnutrition is now one of the most widely used indicators of the severity of humanitarian crises throughout the world, and is endorsed by a wide array of UN organisations, donors, national governments and international agencies. Response options. This type of understanding is now expected of all humanitarian professionals, whether they are trained Nutritionists or not. The broad aim of the paper is therefore to help decisionmakers understand, use and interpret nutritional information and analysis, by reviewing in non-technical language how nutrition data is collected, analysed and interpreted.