The ENN is a UK registered charity based in Oxford, UK. The ENN’s purpose is to strengthen the evidence regarding effective nutrition interventions and to use this evidence to inform policy and programming. To do this, the ENN captures and manages knowledge, undertakes research and reviews, runs an online technical forum, facilitates and presents at ENN-led and other international meetings.
For the second year running we include a special section that shares key outputs of Action Against Hunger's Research for Nutrition Conference held in November 2016. Elsewhere, experiences are shared including:
•scale up of integrated management of acute malnutrition in Afghanistan
•health systems strengthening in Somalia
•treating acute malnutrition in older people in Ethiopia
•UNHCR experiences of programme monitoring in unstable populations
Since its inception over ten years ago, the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) has progressed from its early focus on the development of technical tools and materials and filling research gaps to a much greater emphasis on strengthening country coordination and providing surge support to secure appropriate and high-quality nutrition programming in emergency contexts.
Currently, the level of attention afforded to linear growth below international standards (stunting) in humanitarian and protracted emergency contexts is below what is needed, given the very high burden and prevalence of stunting in these contexts. A good deal of the policy, research and programming focus is directed towards the treatment of wasting in order to prevent excess mortality among children under five years of age. Yet stunting (both moderate and severe) can be highly prevalent in protracted situations, e.g.
The Operational Guidance on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (OG-IFE) was first produced by the Interagency Working Group on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies in 2001. This Working Group included members of the IFE Core Group; an inter-agency collaboration concerned with the development of training materials and related policy guidance on infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IFE/IYCF-E, hereon referred to as IFE).