Food Hygiene

Essential Nutrition Actions Improving Maternal-Newborn-Infant and Young Child Health and Nutrition









WHO Nutrition for Health and Development

Infant and young child nutrition: implementation plan

Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly A64/22
Provisional agenda item 13.13

In May 2010, the Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA63.23 on infant and young child nutrition. Inter alia, it urged Member States to increase political commitment to preventing and reducing malnutrition in all its forms, to expedite implementation of the global strategy on infant and young child feeding, and to expand interventions. The Health Assembly also requested the Director-General to provide support to Member States in expanding their nutritional interventions and to develop a comprehensive implementation plan on infant and young child nutrition as a critical component of a global multisectoral nutrition framework.

Four background papers are being drafted to aid preparation of the draft plan.

  • The first presents a situation analysis of nutrition policies and programmes, based on the responses received from 119 countries and 4 territories on the results of questionnaire reviews of national nutrition policy conducted in 2009-2010. Data were also extracted from WHO’s databases on nutrition. The document aims to identify both gaps and good practices in the design and implementation of nutrition policies and programmes.
  • The second reviews effective nutrition actions, summarizing what is known about health interventions that can improve the nutritional status of women and young children, and including different options for their delivery and examples of good practice for implementation at country level. It will provide the rationale for the inclusion of such interventions in the draft plan.
  • The third presents a model for the preparation of country plans for expanding nutrition activities. It will provide guidance on how to implement context mapping, establish nutrition goals, choose among policy and programme options, involve stakeholders, assess financial and human resource requirements, and establish governance structures.
  • The fourth presents a framework for monitoring implementation of programmes and policies, achievement of results, and use of resources. It will identify and provide definitions of policies, process and outcome indicators and set out data-collection procedures. The indicators have been selected to take into account other intersectoral initiatives with common determinants. The aim of this paper is to facilitate the selection of the core monitoring indicators that should be included in the comprehensive implementation plan.

The background papers will be finalised after a consultation process with a broad range of stakeholders including representatives of different government sectors (for instance, health, agriculture, social welfare, education, trade, finance, environment and industry), organizations in the United Nations system, development banks, donors, civil society, and the private sector through an Internet-based process,
e-mail correspondence and face-to-face discussions at regional level and, when possible, national level.  Draft documents published for consultation include the following for paper 2 on interventions.




Written by geraldmoy

June 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm