Menu ENN Search

ENN Latest

A new collection: three related resources on the topic of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) in humanitarian emergencies. Read the State of Play and Somalia and Pakistan case studies to understand important knowledge gaps.

A scoping review: global policy guidance on care of vulnerable infants under 6 months and their mothers, investigates the nature and coherence of global policy guidance relevant to infants under 6 months and their mothers calling for comprehensive and respectful continuity of person-centred care.

Field Exchange 72 is now available! This Issue offers exciting new learning from a range of topics: from opportunities for improved complementary feeding, to consumer demand for healthy diets, to nutrition transition, to child wasting patterns. There is something for everyone!

The IFE Core Group and MAMI Global Network have developed a brief to help to improve understanding of the synergies between infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E) and the management of small and nutritionally at-risk infants under six months and their mothers (MAMI) to catalyse collaboration and strengthen practice in humanitarian contexts. 

New technical brief on Adolescent-specific reporting of nutritional status. How the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) update benefits policy and programming.This technical brief outlines WHY this change was needed and HOW it will help countries better respond to adolescents’ needs.

The IYCF-E scientific repository now features an interactive dashboard which allows users to search by keyword and filter by type of publication, countries of interest, and selected topic areas (infectious disease, policy, or implementation). October 2023 update now available.

The Alliance and IFE Core Group invite you to the Webinar: “Communicating IYCF during emergencies and the role of the media’’. October 31st, 12:00pm GMT+1. Register here.

MAMI en pratique: Découvrez le parcours de soins pour les bébés de moins de 6 mois à risque nutritionnel, issu des premières discussions au Niger, présenté en français ici au groupe MAMI en Pratique pour les praticiens francophones en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre (par Hedwig Deconinck).

Since the last update in April 2023, 40 new publications have been added to the scientific repository related to IYCF in emergency settings. Topics include IYCF barriers among refugees, asylum seekers, and IDPs as well as implementation challenges in armed conflict and disaster settings.

Our new stakeholder survey on Gaps in implementation guidance on the prevention and treatment of wasting is now out. The findings will support the implementation of the recommendations within the updated WHO guidelines expected in mid-2023.

Small Vulnerable Newborns contribute to the burden of underweight, wasted & stunted infants and children worldwide. Health and nutrition communities need to join forces. Our latest blog by Marie McGrath reflects on the new Lancet SVN series.

Field Exchange call for content now open: Do you have a story to tell, research to flag, or programmatic experience to share with your peers? Then we would love to hear from you.

Our call for content for our next two general issues of Field Exchange is now open and we are welcoming article ideas from around the world on a variety of topics. 

For the next two issues (70 and 71), we have a particular interest in content around the following themes:  

However, we are welcoming submissions from across all nutrition areas and regions – so please do reach out to us at

Our deadline for issue 70 submissions is 3 July 2023. For issue 71, the deadline is 4 September.

For more information about writing for us, please visit adn you can also read our blog Write for Us! FEX 70 and 71 wants new authors

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Editorial Team

Our new (and first!) CEO Nigel Tricks has been at the helm of ENN for six months now. In this recent blog, he reflects on the kind of organisation we are, the challenging times all humanitarian agencies face, and some of our successes he's been most impressed by.

Since the last update in January 2023, 21 new publications have been added to the IYCF-E Repository. In addition to several international reviews, this update provides emerging evidence from Ethiopia, the  United States, Australia, Indonesia, Belgium, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, France, Uganda, Ukraine, Brazil, and Italy.

ENN on behalf of the GNC-Technical Alliance has produced a light touch mapping of the current research gaps and priorities in nutrition in emergencies. Read more here

Our new report investigates the gaps in current international targets related to nutrition for children and adolescents 5-19 years and what indicators should be prioritised in national data systems for this age group. Read more here.

IYCF-E and CBRN threats. The Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group, along with the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, has released guidance on the impact of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats on infants, young children and breastfeeding women. Read more here

Pathways to wasting and stunting. Interested in collaborating on research that seeks to better identify the pathways that lead to wasting, stunting and/or concurrent wasting and stunting? ENN are looking for partners to help fill this research gap. Read the full research concept here.

The publication of two long-awaited, landmark papers from the Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG) coordinated by ENN, is a valuable contribution to the growing evidence on how best to identify children most at risk of dying from malnutrition.

By using a unique combined longitudinal dataset of children not treated for wasting, we show how by adding ‘severely low weight-for-age’ to existing severe MUAC criteria we can simply and effectively identify those children at the greatest risk of dying from malnutrition. We also show how measuring children frequently vastly improves our ability to identify those most at risk without big implications for programme size.

In 2023 we intend to translate this learning into practical solutions for screening and treating children with the highest mortality risk, and are seeking partners for a prospective cohort study  - please see our  WaSt research study protocol for more details. 

We have added 18 NEW publications to our scientific repository related to IYCF in emergency settings. In addition to several international reviews, this update provides emerging evidence from countries including  Turkey, Cameroon, Lebanon, Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Yemen.

Read our latest published journal article: Anthropometric deficits & the associated risk of death by age & sex in children aged 6–59 months: A meta-analysis

A first of its kind Guidance Note on breastfeeding in the event of a nuclear plant accident by IFE Core Group and expert advisors. Critical information for Disaster Risk management. Read in full here

ENN is delighted to announce the appointment of its first CEO. Nigel Tricks will join the organisation in September 2022. Read more here

ENN aims to source the best value goods and services to meet our needs and is currently inviting tenders to secure supplier contracts, specifically for Translation Services and Branding and Web Development. More information and full ITT available here

Our latest Podcast, 'Understanding the relationship between wasting and stunting: A conversation on the findings of our systematic review',  records a conversation between Tanya Khara & Susan Thurstans who discuss some of the key findings of the review & what questions remain. Available to listen here

In a recent review on sex differences in undernutrition in children aged under 5 years, it has been found that in most settings, boys are more likely to be wasted, stunted and underweight than girls. Read the paper developed by LSHTM and ENN's WaSt TIG to understand more. 

The IFE Core Group have released two new infographics: Infant feeding during infectious disease outbreaks: a guide for policy makersInfant feeding during infectious disease outbreaks: a guide for programmers, as part of the IFE inforgraphic series. 

The Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group has released a new study that aims to test whether WFA and MUAC can be effectively utilised in existing programmes to capture these children with single and dual deficits and reach considerably more children at a high risk of death. Read more here.

Wasting 'Reset' Synthesis now available in French. Read here.  

Crises alimentaires récurrentes en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre : l'approche « CMAM Surge » peut aider à contrôler l’augmentation de la malnutrition chez les enfants. Ecoutez ce podcast, en français, qui s’intéresse à l’approche CMAM Surge au Niger.

ENN has released the Wasting 'Reset' Synthesis, a synthesis of working group recommendations to guide the development of the ‘Wasting Reset’ manifesto. Read here

The MAMI Global Network Strategy 2021–2025 is now available here. The strategy describes the MAMI Global Network’s five-year aim, mission, and strategy on MAMI to achieve transparency, to help focus activities, and to enable us all to contribute and engage in collective, coherent action in achieving a shared 2030 vision.

ENN recently published a brief entitled: Best Practice and Prevention of Child Wasting Within the Wider Context of Undernutrition. The brief is also accompanied by three podcasts, two podcasts exploring what Malawi and Pakistan are doing to prevent wasting as well as an interview to understand UNICEF's prevention plans.


A recording of the "Tackling Undernutrition Through Action and Accountability: Pre Summit Session" webinar hosted by ENN on 26th July 2021 is now available here on ENN's MediaHub. 

IFE's Core Group meeting report 2020 now available: read here. The IFE Core Group 2020 Annual Meeting was held from 4 – 12 November 2020, hosted by the Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN). The online meeting aimed to regroup IFE-CG members to discuss progress in IFE-CG activities, reflect on experiences during the year and plan for the coming year.

IFE Core Group have released a new resource: ‘Operational Guidance on Breastfeeding Counselling in Emergencies’. This Operational Guidance on Breastfeeding Counselling in Emergencies (OG-BFC/E) is a pragmatic guide which covers key considerations and potential adaptations when applying WHO’s 2018 guidelines in an emergency setting. 

ENN has released a new resource: Multi-sectoral Nutrition Programming – Exploring Impact. Click here to read more. 

C’est avec grand plaisir que nous partageons aujourd’hui avec vous la version française du dernier numéro de Field Exchange, le numéro 65.

A recording of the Stakeholder Consultation on Wasting 'Reset' webinar hosted by ENN on 18th June 2021 is now available here on ENN's MediaHub.


We are delighted to announce the release of our latest issue of Field Exchange. Included in issue 65 is a special section on COVID-19 nutrition programming adaptations including around infant feeding in emergencies, articles that explore nutrition data for decision making, treatment of wasting at scale and multi-sector programming.

The ENN was part of a collaborative effort to publish a new research paper in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health entitled “Effects on child growth of a reduction in the general food distribution ration and provision of small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements in refugee camps in eastern Chad”. Click here to read.

Une sélection du contenu du numéro 64 de Field Exchange est disponible en français! FEX 64 comprend deux sections spéciales: une sur l'approche «Surge» de prise en charge de la malnutrition aiguë, coordonnée par Concern Worldwide, et une autre sur les adaptations aux programmes de nutrition effectuées en réponse à la pandémie de COVID-19.

Disponible en français : Numéro spécial de Field Exchange sur l’émaciation en Asie du Sud. Par ENN et UNICEFROSA. Plus d'informations ici. Field Exchange special issue on child wasting in South Asia is now available in French.

The MAMI Care Pathway Package is now available here – a key resource to better support small and nutritionally at risk infants under six months and their mothers to survive and thrive. It was developed in a collaborative effort of the MAMI Global Network, coordinated by the ENN in close collaboration with the LSHTM, Save the Children and GOAL, and in consultation with experienced programmers and experts. 

Read here a report of the Adolescent Nutrition: Current Progress and Looking Ahead virtual meeting held in February 2021 and organised by ENN, UNICEF and Save the Children. The video recordings and available slides from the webinar are available online here.

ENN has just released a new report: 'Scale-up of severe wasting management within the health system: A stakeholder perspective on current progress' to highlight the current state of the scale-up of severe wasting services while drawing out some of the key barriers and enablers of this process. Read more here.


ENN has developed a new case study on Zambia’s First 1,000 Most Critical Days Programme (MCDP). This case study aims to share some of Zambia’s valuable experience and achievements in multisector programming for stunting reduction. Read more here.

Une sélection du contenu du numéro 62 de Field Exchange est disponible en français ! Select content from Issue 62 of Field Exchange is now available in French! Content from issues 63 and 64 are currently being translated and will be available soon. Watch this space.

Two stakeholder update meetings on the MAMI RCT in Ethiopia were hosted in December 2020 by Jimma University, LSHTM, GOAL and ENN. Read the report here.

ENN is delighted to launch together with the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement a case study titled 'Moving food and reducing waste: Turning challenges into opportunities during COVID-19 in the Philippines'. Read more about the Move Food Initiative here.

New systematic review co-authored by ENN on effectiveness of breastfeeding support packages in low- and middle-income countries for infants under 6 months. Read more here.

The IFE Core Group, UNICEF, and the COVID-19 Infant Feeding Working Group have developed Frequently asked questions on COVID-19 vaccines and breastfeeding based on WHO SAGE interim recommendations. Read more here.

Recordings of the Adolescent Nutrition: Current Progress and Looking Ahead two-days meeting hosted by ENN, UNICEF and Save the Children are now available here on ENN's MediaHub.

Read Nicki Connell's - ENN Field Exchange's new co-editor - reflections on the latest issue of FEX here on ENN's blog.



The Field Exchange Team has prepared a briefing note to summarise highlights from FEX 63 Child wasting in South Asia special edition. Read more briefing note.

New blog post on ENN's MediaHubReflections on the Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference written by Brenda Akwanyi, ENN Senior Nutritionist. Read more here.

New blog post on ENN's MediaHubBoys are more likely to be undernourished than girls: some thoughts on a recently published systematic review by Susan Thurstans. Read more here.

ENN has produced an Adolescent nutrition mapping study: A global stakeholder survey of policies, research, interventions and data gaps. Nutrition in school-aged children and adolescents can significantly impact lifelong health and wellbeing as well as national economic growth and the health and development of future generations.  

The MAMI RISE research consortium (Stronger evidence towards future scale up: Cluster Randomised Trial in Ethiopia) has published its first Newsletter in November 2020. Read the activity update here.

The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) Technical Alliance has developed a new case study that focuses on support for non-breastfed children in the context of Ebola. Read more here.

The Wasting and Stunting (WaSt) Technical Interest Group (TIG) has finalised its Phase 4 Work Plan which outlines the work planned for the next two years. These include: further work on the WaSt study, an update to the systematic review, work exploring the sex differences in relation to wasting and stunting and much more. 

The ENN is partner with LSHTM, Jimma University and GOAL on a four year research programme funded by ECF. Stronger evidence towards future scale up: Cluster Randomised Trial in Ethiopia. Read more about MAMI RISE reaserch in Ethiopia here.

ENN is delighted to release a special issue of Field Exchange on child wasting in South Asia, developed in collaboration with UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA). Read all articles here or download the pdf. Listen to all the podcasts accompanying this Special Edition on MediaHub.

ENN through the MQSUN+ programme has produced two more case studies (Ethiopia and Yemen) on Strengthening the Humanitarian Development Nexus for Nutrition to compile evidence on what works to prevent wasting. The other two case studies are Somalia and Kenya. These are complemented by a Synthesis report: Strengthening the Humanitarian Development Nexus for Nutrition in Protracted Crises.

ENN has release a second podcast, accompanying NEX South Asia: Improving the diets of young children. In this podcast Dr Charulatha Banerjee talks to Dr Mohammadullah Noorzad, Senior Officer for the Community Based Nutrition Programme in the Public Nutrition Directorate, Ministry of Public Health, Afghanistan.

They discuss the article Scaling up a community-based nutrition package in Afghanistan to improve complementary feeding practices in children 6-23 months of age

Listen to a new podcast accompanying the second special issue of Nutrition Exchange South Asia. Dr Charulatha Banerjee talks to Dr Sahib Jan Badar, Programme Coordinator of the Accelerated Action Plan, Department of Health, Government of Sindh province, Pakistan.

They discuss the article Combining WASH and nutrition activities within a multisectoral package to improve young children’s diets and reduce child stunting in Sindh province, Pakistan.

The GTAM has released a technical brief aiming to start addressing the gaps in knowledge and guidance contributing to the technical challenges commonly faced by Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE) practitioners by providing an overview of existing knowledge, guidance and tools related to supportive spaces.

In 2020 the Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG) entered Phase 4 of the WaSt project. Read here a report of the Annual Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group Meeting held on 12-13 May 2020 and convened by ENN. 

In order to improve available data on relapse following treatment of wasting the Council of Research & Technical Advice for Acute Malnutrition (CORTASAM) developed recommendations on standard measurement of relapse for programming and research. Read more here.

ENN's Technical Director, Marie McGrath, has co-authored a new paper 'Antimicrobial and micronutrient interventions for the management of infants under 6 months of age identified with severe malnutrition: a literature review' just published in PeerJ. Read more here.

ENN has released a new Technical Brief describing simplified approaches to treatment of wasting. This is a dynamic and evolving area of operational research and programme innovation. It has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, for which programming adaptations to simplify treatment delivery have become critical when the normal ways of delivering services have been compromised.

Articles de FEX 61 maintenant disponibles en français. Les articles de cette 61ème édition de Field Exchange vous permettront de rester au fait de la programmation technique dans les situations d’urgence. Articles from Field Exchange issue 61 are now out in French!

New Statement on Management of small & nutritionally At-risk Infants under six months & their Mothers (MAMI) in the context of COVID-19 issued by members of the MAMI Special Interest Group in collaboration with the Wasting Thematic Working Group of the Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition (GTAM).

The IFE Core Group has prepared a three to five-year strategy to further clarify and define the group’s overall aim and objectives, to better articulate where the IFE Core Group’s responsibility lies (and where it ends) and to identify key indicators for measuring the progress and outcomes of the work of the group. Read the IFE Core Group Strategy 2020-2024 here.

A new paper by Ritu Rana (GOAL, IIPHG), Marie McGrath (ENN), Marko Kerac (LSHTM) et al 'Feeding Interventions for Infants with Growth Failure in the First Six Months of Life: A Systematic Review' has been published in Nutrients and is available online. 

Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition (GTAM) quarterly digest (1st January - 31st March) now available in English here.

ENN has released a new paper 'Wasting in the wider context of undernutrition: An ENN wasting position paper'. This position paper reflects how ENN views wasting in the wider context of undernutrition and is intended to provide national and international actors concerned with programme and policy with an overview of important related evidence and issues. Join the conversation on wasting here. 

As the COVID response shifts and people are wanting to understand more how programmes are being adapted, ENN, as part of its work within the GTAM mechanism, has been reflecting on how best to share such information and capture stories from country level responses. As a result, we are putting together a series of GTAM connecting conversations on how programmes are adapting in light of COVID-19. Listen to the podcasts here.

ENN has documented the implementation of the WaSt project using a Story of Change (SoC) methodology to examine the influence the project has had on policy, programmes and research. Read the report here.

A recording of the webinar ‘Reflections on the UN Global Action Plan (GAP) on Child Wasting: How can the GAP on Child Wasting address gaps in continuity of care’ hosted by ENN is now available. Read here a technical brief on the subject matter.

NEX South Asia: Improving Young Children’s Diets is out now! ENN and UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia have partnered to produce a second regional issue, this time on complementary feeding in South Asia. Nine articles from six countries written by government staff and development partners.

Read the latest Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) Scoping Study conducted by Emily Mates (ENN Technical Director) and Kate Sadler (ENN Consultant). ENN has captured a snapshot of perspectives to bring some transparency to the debates and help identify common ground and opportunities to move forward.

Marie McGrath, ENN Technical Director, presents ENN's work on Management of small & nutritionally At-risk Infants under six months & their Mothers (MAMI). It shares key principles of the MAMI approach, how this collective effort has evolved, resources available to support practitioners and exciting potential looking ahead. Listen to the full presentation here.

ENN is embarking on a new project: an Adolescent Nutrition Mapping Exercise. We’re aiming to collate information about existing programmes, evidence and data, and policies and guidelines in this critical area. Help us with the first part of this exercise by filling in this online survey.

Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition (GTAM) quarterly digest: Quarter 3 now available in both English and French here.

Now available online NEX13 in French and Spanish! Download this special 13th issue of Nutrition Exchange, dedicated to stories from the SUN Movement Global Gathering.

Read a report of the MAMI SIG meeting 2019 was convened by Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), hosted by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Operational Centre Brussels (OCB).

Read the March 2020 report of Review of experiences and direction on Complementary Feeding in Emergencies (CFE).

Find quick links to newly released briefs on COVID-19 and nutrition programming, resource lists and en-net's live discussion forum on this topic on ENN's COVID-19 and nutrition programming page. 

Now available online Issue 62 of Field Exchange. Read individual articles or download a copy.

Due to the number of questions coming into en-net concerning COVID-19 and nutrition programming, we have set up a new forum area where all discussions can be hosted. English and French.

Do you have research results or programming experiences on wasting in South Asia to share? ENN’s Field Exchange team wants to hear from you! FEX 63 special issue on wasting in South Asia call for content.

Now available online Issue 13 of Nutrition Exchange, featuring country stories from the SUN Global Gathering 2019. Download or read individual articles.

Read the IFE Core Group meeting report 2019 here.

Exploring multi-sector programming at district level in Senegal, Nepal, Kenya, Ethiopia, NigerBangladesh, Zimbabwe and The Philippines. A new report of findings published by ENN, read here.

As we're excitedly preparing FEX62, due out at the beginning of April, we are uploading early online and bonus articles here

Top research priorities in the fight to prevent child wasting identified – new paper by ENN out today. Read and download here.

ENN's publication on 'MAMI risk factor analysis using nationally-representative demographic & health survey secondary data' top 5 most viewed Epidemiology Nutrition and Pediatrics articles published in thePeerJ in 2019! Read the full article here.

Voici la 60e édition de Field Exchange – un  numéro spécial consacré au continuum de soins pour les enfants souffrant de malnutrition aiguë. Articles from Field Exchange issue 60 special edition on the continuum of care for acute malnutrition are now out in French!

Marie McGrath and Marko Kerac shared 5 tips on how to plan for scalability before the start of a project. Read more about Scaling Nutrition in Ethiopia and MAMI project here.

Published today, the ENN Coordinated Wasting-Stunting Technical Interest Group’s Viewpoint on the need to change how we view child undernutrition in the Lancet read it here

Read an article on 'UNHCR experiences of enabling continuity of acute malnutrition care in the East, Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region' ahead of FEX 60 here

Released today: ENN and UNICEF bring you a special issue of Nutrition Exchange on maternal nutrition in South Asia. Get your copy here!

Click here to read a FEX 60 article on 'Bottleneck analysis for the integrated management of acute malnutrition services in Somalia'. 

ENN are pleased to announce our new OFDA funded research study. This study, to be implemented in Nigeria, aims to bring new evidence produced by the Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group’ (WaSt TIG) on the relationship between wasting and stunting and their combined impact on mortality into existing programme practices.

Addressing acute malnutrition in Cameroon during an emergency: Results and benefits of an integrated prevention programme - read an early online FEX 60 article here

Click here to read an article on simplified approaches to treat acute malnutrition: Insights and reflections from Médecins Sans Frontières Operational Centre Paris programming. FEX 60 is due out in June, subscribe here!

Testing an adapted severe acute malnutrition treatment protocol in Somalia. Read an early online FEX 60 article here.

Read an early online FEX 60 article “There are MAMs, then there are MAMs”, here. FEX 60 is out in June, subscribe here for your copy!

Read a FEX 60 article on lessons learned from evaluations of the impact of WFP programmes on moderate acute malnutrition in the Sahel, here. Subscribe here for your copy of FEX 60, out in June!

Click here to read a FEX 60 article on management of severe acute malnutrition by community health workers: Early results of Action Against Hunger research. FEX 60 is due out in June, subscribe here!

Continuum of care for children with wasting in India: Opportunities for an integrated approach - Read the latest early online FEX 60 article here

Read a Field Exchange 60 article on the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition using food products or counselling: A systematic review here.

Read an article about comparison of treatment of severe acute malnutrition with ready-to-use therapeutic food and ready-to-use-supplementary food: Research plans in Pakistan here. FEX 60 is due out in June, subscribe here!

A FEX 60 article on the OptiMA study in Burkina Faso: Emerging findings and additional insights is out now! Click here to read more.

Read an early online FEX 60 article on 'Substandard discharge rules in current severe acute malnutrition management protocols: An overlooked source of ineffectiveness for programmes?' here.

Click here to read an early online article from Field Exchange 60 on the analysis of acute malnutrition protocols in food-insecure contexts in Niger, north-east Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan.

Challenging the separation between wasting and stunting. In this first podcast from the Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group (WaSt TIG),  Martha Mwangome from the Kemri / Wellcome Trust research programme, Kenya and Dr Sophie Moore from King's College, London join ENN Technical Directors Tanya Khara and Carmel Dolan to discuss some of their groundbreaking analyses that is challenging our ways of looking at wasting and stunting in children. 

Early FEX 60 articles on Scaling-up of care for children with acute malnutrition in South Sudanthe ComPAS trial in South Sudan and Kenya and using MUAC in CMAM programmes are now online!

Read early online articles on a field study of body composition among infants in sub-Saharan Africa and a stunting prevention programme in Malawi ahead of FEX issue 60 - a special issue on the acute malnutrition continuum of care.

Time for a change! Can we prevent more children from becoming stunted in countries affected by crisis? Read ENN's latest policy brief here.

Watch here presentations by Marie McGrath (ENN), Martha Mwangowe (KEMRI-Wellcome Kenya) and Hatty Barthorp (GOAL), members of the MAMI Special Interest Group, present on MAMI at the MSF Paediatric Day on April 5th.

Read here about how a project in Zambia is treating children with severe acute malnutrition otherwise left untreated, within SFPs. This article is 'early online' ahead of FEX 60 - a special issue on the continuum of acute malnutrition care, due out in June 2019. 

Watch the live stream discussion on challenges regarding malnourished young infants at the MSF Paediatric Days here, April 5th, 14:00-15:40 (CEST). Streaming in both English and French!

Click here to read ENN's latest publication, funded by Irish aid, following a cohort of infants anthropometry from birth to predict mortality in the first year of life.

A new WHO guideline on the counselling of women to improve breastfeeding practices has been released. This guideline provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on breastfeeding counselling, as a public health intervention, to improve breastfeeding practices among pregnant women and mothers who intend to breastfeed, or are currently breastfeeding, and their infants and children. ENN was part of the guideline development group that provided technical input into this WHO guideline which is universally applicable, including in emergency contexts – guidance on implementation in emergency contexts is forthcoming. ENN coordinates the IFE Core Group, an international collaboration of agencies and individuals concerned with policy and programming on IFE.

Click here to read a new publicaiton by the ENN WaSt project - providing evidence that stunting is in part a biological a biological response to previous episodes of being wasted.

Field Exchange 59 is out now! Click here to read the online articles or download the whole issue. Subscribe today for your free copy of FEX!

Read ENN's latest case study on nutrition resilience building in Somalia here, 'Bringing humanitarian and development frameworks, financing and programmes closer together'.

Three papers from the WaSt TIG are now available. They contain some findings that surprised us (Having ‘multiple anthropometric deficits’ IS the same as being concurrently wasted and stunted, and boys are more affected than girls) and some findings that highlighted the wisdom of the past (weight-for-age is back! and Professor Waterlow was right about wasting and stunting all along). Read our WaSt Policy brief for more information on the implications of this research in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. Thanks to Irish Aid and USAID/OFDA for making these papers possible.

Click here to read ENN's latest report on the Current State of Evidence and Thinking on Wasting Prevention, a synthesis of published, grey literature and stakeholder opinion on what works to prevent wasting.

The Global Nutrition Report 2018  has now been published and features contributions from ENN Technical Directors. In particular, Carmel Dolan is a member of the GNR's Independent Expert Group, and Emily Mates co-authored sections on adolescent nutrition and stunting in conflict data. 

ENN's Wasting and Stunting (WaSt) project has two new papers published - one on identifying children concurrently wasted and stunted, and the other on exploring patterns of concurrent wasting and stunting in children under 5

The Operational Guidance on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (OG-IFE) Version 3.0 is now available in French. Read more here.

Field Exchange Issue 58 is now out! If you haven't subscribed already, you can do so for free here. Also check out our FEX pages for articles in French and a selection of online only articles  which we publish between issues. 

ENN has co-authored a new publication on the use of mid-upper arm circumference by novel community platforms to detect, diagnose, and treat severe acute malnutrition in children. Click here to read. 

The French version of the ENN coordinated Wasting-Stunting (WaSt) Technical Interest Group’s Policy and Programme Briefing Note is now available here. It is important for all those concerned with child wasting and stunting and the interaction between the two.

ENN are pleased to share the REFANI synthesis report of the cash and nutrition research we carried out in Pakistan alongside ACF and the research work UCL and Concern conducted in Niger and Somalia.

Click here to read a new publication co-authored by ENN under the WaSt project – 'Children who are both wasted and stunted are also underweight and have a high risk of death'.

Nutrition Exchange is celebrating a birthday! Check out the original articles from around the globe in our tenth issue of NEX, now online in four languages. 

Read about the events of the recent World Health Assembly (WHA) around the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Resolution here .

Click here to read the latest publication from the REFANI project ‘The cost of preventing undernutrition: cost, cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness of three cash-based interventions on nutrition outcomes in Dadu, Pakistan’.

ENN has published a paper on the outcomes and risk factors of severe malnutrition in infants aged under 6 months in Bangladesh. This was based on a collaboration with Save the Children. Read more here. 

ENN have prepared a briefing note providing a summary of the current state of thinking on wasting prevention. It describes current knowledge/thinking on the aetiology (causality) and physiology of wasting. Read more here.

Read the report of a joint meeting of WaSt Technical Interest Group and MAMI special Interest Group held on 16th January 2018. The meeting is intended as a first step in greater interaction between the two groups and with the wider nutrition community. 

The ENN coordinated Wasting-Stunting (WaSt) Technical Interest Group have produced an important Policy and Programme Briefing Note for all those concerned with child wasting and stunting and the interaction between the two. The English version is here and French will be available shortly.

ENN's latest video is now live. Watch our new documentary 'Nutrition in Nepal - Multi-sector programming in Kapilvastu' here.

ENN's online publication 'Exploring multi-sector programming at the sub-national level in Senegal, Nepal and Kenya' is now available in French. Read more here

Have you seen our latest video documentary on multi-sector programming in Homa Bay, Kenya? Watch the video here and read the full case study report here.

ENN has co-authored a qualitative study on the perceptions of acute malnutrition and its management in infants under 6 months of age in rural Bangladesh. Read more here.

Read a report of the MAMI SIG meeting hosted by ENN, funded by Irish Aid and Save the Children, in Oxford on 17th January 2018. This immediately followed a combined meeting of the MAMI SIG and Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group on the 16th January, to identify synergies.

Read a report of the Adolescent Interest Group Meeting , held in London on December 12th 2017 to identify synergies, opportunities, priorities and next steps to help develop the evidence base in the area of adolescent nutrition.

The Field Exchange team are pleased to have released Field Exchange issue 57. This is a general issue with much varied and interesting content spanning many contexts. This issue also includes a summary of the second Action Against Hunger Research for Nutrition Conference held in Paris in November 2017. Download the whole issue or individual articles. Subscribe here. 

ENN’s Technical Director, Carmel Dolan has joined the IEG for the GNR. ENN is excited to work with so many other experts on this very important publication. Read more here.

ENN has produced a synthesis of evidence to date, key gaps and opportunities for adolescent nutrition. This was produced in preparation for the Adolescent Interest Group meeting on 12th December 2017. Read more here. 

Read a 'story of change' about ENN’s role in the development of the Operational Guidance on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E).

ENN has released a new discussion paper on 'Stunting in Protracted Emergencies'. Funded by Irish Aid, this paper outlines the difficulties of gaining a clear understanding of the needs and an effective response to tackle stunting in FCAS. Read more about the project here. 

A new study has been published under the ENN WAST project with open access in Maternal and Child Nutrition 'Children concurrently wasted and stunted: A meta-analysis of prevalence data of children 6–59 months from 84 countries’ by Khara, T., Mwangome, M., Ngari, M. and Dolan C. Read more here.

Carmel Dolan, ENN Technical Director, co-chairs day one of the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) annual meeting in Geneva, 10th October, 2017. 


The Operational Guidance on IFE has been updated by the IFE Core Group, led by ENN and UNICEF.  Version 3, 2017 is now available in English, with French and Arabic to follow. For offers to help with additional translations, contact:

The first ever issue of Field Exchange in French has been released: A compilation of field articles and research articles from Field Exchange issues 51 to 54, translated into French. 

Field Exchange (FEX) issue 55 now online. Download a printable pdf version or see the list of individual articles. Field Articles also available in French. 

NEX 8 now online. Click here for a printable pdf version or here for individual articles.

Read our latest blog post on the Media Hub about reflections on citizen engagement in Kenya

A new study is out, co-authored by ENN and an outcome of a previous project managed by ENN on preventing and reducing anaemia and micronutrient deficiencies in refugee populations: Assessment of the effectiveness of a small quantity lipid-based nutrient supplement on reducing anaemia and stunting in refugee populations in the Horn of Africa. Read full paper here. 

New paper out by the REFANI project in PLOS Med ,"Impact evaluation of different cash-based intervention modalities on child and maternal nutritional status in Sindh Province, Pakistan, at 6 mo and at 1 y" Read here. 

Read the latest blog post on the Media Hub about notes from Myanmar, progress and challenges from a recent trip.

New three-part podcast and video series live on the Media Hub about the three stages of the Common Results Framework. Listen and watch here.

Call for articles for Nutrition Exchange Issue 8 - to be published July 2017 - Are you working in nutrition (and related) programming at the national or sub-national level? Do you have a story to tell, or experiences in the field that you would like to share? Send us your ideas for a possible article to or or see Write for NEX.

ENN's new Media Hub is now live! Visit the site and check out the new digital content we have produced.

NEX 7 is now out -  we have eight original articles this edition. Listen to a podcast by NEX editors Carmel Dolan and Judith Hodge about this issue.

All ENN online platforms are now mobile friendly including en-net!

Read a blog from our Technical Directors, Jeremy Shoham and Marie McGrath, and learn about evidence in humanitarian emergencies.

You can now connect with ENN on Twitter @ENNonline, Facebook @theennonline and LinkedIn.

We are pleased to announce that Nutrition Exchange 6  is now available in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic! To subscribe or edit your existing subscription, click here.

Have you checked out our latest issue of NEX in French? Stay tuned for Arabic version in July and (soft copy) Spanish in August. Don't forget to subscribe here.

ENN is very pleased to release NEX 6 in Spanish. This is the first time NEX has been translated into Spanish and we heartily thank the UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office (LACRO) for their support. By having NEX available in Spanish, ENN and UNICEF LACRO hope this help bridge the language gap in the field. To subscribe or edit your existing subscription, click here.

The latest issue of FEX (52) is now released. Visit here to check out what this new issue presents and download a copy here. If you like to subscribe or edit your existing subscription, click here. We always welcome feedback, so please get in touch with us.

ENN is hosting a meeting 1-3 March in Oxford of the IFE Core Group and collaborators to initiate an update of the Operational Guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies (LINK). Funded by OFDA, this update is being co-led by ENN and UNICEF. This policy guidance, endorsed by the World Health Assembly, will be reviewed in the context of latest guidance and experiences emerging from recent emergencies, including Syria, the Ukraine, Yemen and the Europe migrant crisis. The agenda and participants list will be released shortly.

Field Exchange issue 51, a special issue on nutrition sensitive programming, is now out and available to download. The print version will be posted to subscribers shortly! If you haven't already subscribed and would like to, you can do so here. 

ENN has a new five year strategy (2016-2020), which represents an evolution from from ENN's current ways of working and areas of focus. Read more here and download the strategy. 

The ENN and the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) have just published six country case studies produced through a year-long collaboration the two to capture and disseminate knowledge about the Nutrition Cluster experiences of responding to Level 2 and Level 3 emergencies. They each provide very rich insights into the achievements of the cluster approach and the challenges of working in complex environments. Read more here. 

The ENN has just released a new biefing note: 'Stunting in protracted emergency contexts: What are the implications for humanitarian programming of responding to stunting in protracted emergency contexts, and what should we be doing about it?'. In this paper ENN investigates the implications of operating in situations of protracted crisis where levels of stunting may be high and of concern. The brief includes a review of documents and informal discussions with a number of nutrition focal points in some of the donors and agencies.

ENN, LSHTM and Save the Children co-hosted a one day meeting of a Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants under 6 months (MAMI) Interest Group on 27th January in London. Download the agenda and participants list. The meeting report will be available in the coming weeks.

ENN hosted the second face to face meeting of the Wasting-Stunting Technical Interest Group (WAST-TIG) in London on 29th January 2016 involving 28 participants from academia, donors and agencies. The meeting involved a series of fascinating technical presentations from a number of renowned child growth and nutrition experts, followed by Q&A sessions and discussions about potential research priorities. Considerable attention was given to how best to use  existing cross sectional and cohort data to answer key questions about both forms of infant and child undernutrition.  The meeting agenda and participant list is available here. A short report of the meeting will be available in the coming weeks.

ENN has now released the final report of the Nutrition and Resilience Scoping Study that was carried out during 2015. This was a desk-based review of the interconnections between resilience and nutrition as evidenced in the guidance of 6 international donors (Canada, the EU, Germany, Ireland, the UK, and the USA) and the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). It examines commonality in donor thinking and approaches on resilience and how this has impacted on their thinking and approaches on nutrition (or could do so in future). Read the report here. 


We have now launched a new area on en-net. The SUN Movement en-net is a free and open resource to provide a space for informal discussions of topical issues, approaches and good practices in relation to SUN Movement country priorities. Click here to find out more. 

We have recently opened a DFID-funded sub-office in London in order to coordinate our work on SUN (Scaling up Nutrition)-aligned knowledge management as well as the Research on Food Assistance for Nutritional Impact (REFANI) project. Please feel free to drop in and see us at 608 The Chandlery, 50 Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7QY.

We are accepting draft articles for our next publication of Nutrition Exchange! Send us your thoughts and we can help you develop an article for publication! Find out more about how to write for NEX here or contact us. 

Mokoro Ltd recently conducted an independent evalulation of the ENN - the full report is now available as well as an executive summary for shorter reading.

Issue 50 of Field Exchange is now out! The online printable version (A4 page size) is available here. Post versions (larger format) are on their way. To subscribe to e-alerts and print edition of Field Exchange, click here. 

Field Exchange 50 contains a special section on experiences around CMAM scale up in Nigeria which was made available early online here.

The ENN is planning a special edition of Field Exchange in December 2015. Issue 51 will be devoted to nutrition sensitive programming and related policy and research.  A guest editorial panel (Jody Harris, IFPRI and Aaron Buchsbaum, consultant for the Secure Nutrition platform) and key informants will support the regular editorial team. We are calling for field articles, research, evaluations and news to feature in the edition.  The deadline for full article submission is 15th October 2015. Please find more details here.

The ENN are delighted to welcome Anna Taylor to the Board of Trustees. Anna has many years experience working in international nutrition and was awarded an OBE for her work to address the global burden of undernutrition. The ENN would like to heartily thank Arabella Duffield, who stepped down from the Trustee Board in July 2015, for her longstanding support of the ENN. 

New Vacancy: ENN Senior Operations Manager.

This is an exciting new Senior Management position to manage the ENN's operations. It provides an opportunity for an individual to take up a key role in shaping and managing an established, growing charity.  Based in Oxford, the appointee will join a team of eight ENN staff.

To see the job description and futher information click here ENN Senior Operations Manager 

We recently conducted a user survey of publication Nutrition Exchange. Click here to find a summary of the results.

As part of ENN’s role as an academic lead in the DFID funded ‘Research on Food Assistance for Nutritional Impact (REFANI) Consortium project, ENN's Principal Investigator (PI) Bridget Fenn travelled to Pakistan 27th March to 4th April to conduct her second field visit. Read the field trip and stakeholder meeting reports and presentation.

The ENN was part of a collaborative effort to publish a new paper in Plos Med by Angood et al. entitled  "Research Priorities to Improve the Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants Aged Less Than Six Months (MAMI)" 

The ENN is planning a special edition of Field Exchange in December 2015 devoted to nutrition sensitive programming and related policy and research. We are now calling for content to feature, deadline 10th September. Find out more here. 

Field Exchange issue 49 is released. Articles on nutrition coverage assessment in Mali, inter-sectoral programming in Burkina Faso and many more. Subscribe to Field Exchange here. 

ENN releases the Technical Meeting on Nutrition 2014 report. Click here to find out more and download the report. 

"ENN’s perspective on the nutrition response in the Syria crisis" has been published in ODI's Humanitarian Exchange. This is based on a 'views' piece that featured in Issue 48 of ENN's publication 'Field Exchange'.

ENN attended a technical meeting from 24th to 26th November 2014 hosted by the IAEA in Vienna along with the International Malnutrition Task Force to discuss capacity building in clinical and community nutrition for scaling up nutrition. 



ENN has released a special edition of Field Exchange (issue 48) on the nutrition response to the Syria crisis. View online. It documents programme experiences and learning from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and the region. It includes a views article by the ENN editorial team.

The ENN hosted hosted a 3 day Techncical Meeting on Nutrition in Oxford, UK, from 7th – 9th October 2014 to facilitate technical learning and networking on nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programming in emergencies and high burden contexts. Listen to proceedings and download presentations here. 

A draft agenda for the Technical Meeting on Nutrition to be held in Oxford in from 7th to 9th October is released. Click here for more information about the meeting.

Field Exchange 48 on the Syria crisis is due out in October 2014. Contributions for Field Exchange Issue 49 are now welcome. Click here to find out how to write an article. 

Interesting discussions around the ebola virus are taking place on en-net, The ENN's online technical forum, particularly ebola and infant feeding and nutritional support for people recovering from ebola. 

The ENN is working on a special edition of Field Exchange on the Syria response, due out in September 2014. Last minute contributions welcome.

The ENN has undertaken a review of the linkages between stunting and wasting. 

The ENN Technical Meeting on Nutrition to be held in Oxford, October 2014 

The ENN joins the Research on Food Assistance for Nurition Impact (REFANI) Consortium

Report of the Maternal Nutrition in Emergencies Round Table Meeting, November 2013 released 

The ENN and the Coverage Monitoring Network (CMN) collaborate to compile articles on coverage of CMAM programmes published in Field Exchange


More like this

Blog post: 2023: What's ahead for ENN

A critical year - Nigel Tricks "It's 2023, and we have 7 years left to end all forms of malnutrition, 'including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed...

Resource: Five years of nutrition learnings in Africa: Articles from ENN

Read articles from 2019-2023 In the context of the 5th FANUS Conference taking place in Dakar, Senegal, on 19-24 November 2023, we have collated field articles and reports...

FEX: Précédents articles FEX en lien avec l’émaciation en Asie du Sud

Read an English version of this article here Field Exchange a publié un certain nombre d'articles sur la prévention et le traitement de l'émaciation en...

Themed content from Field Exchange

Once per year we publish a Field Exchange issue with a special focus. Previous examples include nutrition cluster coordination, nutrition-sensitive programming, urban...

MAMI Global Network Coordination and Governance

MAMI Global Network Coordination and Governance The MAMI Global Network Strategy for 2021-2025 is now available here. An overview of the Network's governance structures and...

FEX: 25 years of Field Exchange: has it made a difference?

View this article as a pdf By Marie McGrath, Field Exchange Co-Editor So, 25 years of Field Exchange. 25 years of field conversations, writing and editing. 25 years of...

NEX: What's new at ENN?

Nutrition Exchange: Preliminary results from user survey ENN conducted an impact survey in late 2017 with the aim of understanding how our global network of practitioners and...

Blog post: Wasting and Stunting-making progress on understanding the links

Some of you will know that ENN has been coordinating a project with the expert steer of around 30 child growth and nutrition specialists from academia, donor and operational...

WaSt TIG - the work so far

We have had three phases of work thus far and are currently in the fourth. A special section in FEX summarises a lot of the work of the WaSt TIG so far as well as experiences...

FEX: WaSt Special Section Editorial

View this article as a pdf Dear readers, Our aim with this special section of Field Exchange (FEX) is to convey to you the scope of work that the Wasting and Stunting...

FEX: Summary of Field Exchange user survey findings

The ENN extends thanks to Alex Bycroft Masters student, at Oxford Brookes University, UK who undertook a Field Exchange citations review, included in this summary, on a...

FEX: Editorial

By Lola Gostelow and Helen Young In 1997 we were honoured to write the first Field Exchange (FEX) editorial. Now, fifty editions and nearly 20 years later, we have been given...

Resource: Leçons apprises sur la nutrition en Afrique 5 ans d’articles publiés par ENN (2019-2023)

Lire les articles de 2019-2023 Dans le cadre de la 5e Conférence FANUS qui se tiendra à Dakar, au Sénégal, du 19 au 24 novembre 2023, nous avons...

FEX: Previous FEX articles of relevance for wasting in South Asia

View this article as a pdf Lisez cet article en français ici A number of past articles in Field Exchange cover experiences of wasting prevention and treatment in South...

FEX: Making connections: Joint meeting of WaSt Technical Interest Group and MAMI Special Interest Group

ENN coordinates two international technical groups, the Management of at-risk Mothers and Infants under six months Special Interest Group (MAMI SIG) and the Wasting and...

FEX: Editorial perspective on the continuum of care for children with acute malnutrition

View this article as a pdf Lisez cet article en français ici By Jeremy Shoham and Marie McGrath, Field Exchange Co-Editors Rationale for FEX special edition We are...

Blog post: Reflections on the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) meeting July 2019

ENN attended the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) annual gathering in Brussels in early July (Tanya Khara as Technical Director, Isabelle Modigell and Linda Shaker-Berberias as...

FEX: Perspective éditoriale sur le continuum des soins pour les enfants souffrant de malnutrition aiguë

Par Jeremy Shoham et Marie McGrath, corédacteurs en chef de Field Exchange Pourquoi une édition spéciale de FEX Nous sommes ravis de marquer la 60e...

Our team

Nigel Tricks ENN Chief Executive Officer Nigel is a British humanitarian who has led international aid agencies in Africa and Asia for the last 30 years. He has overseen...

Blog post: Hello from Field Exchange’s New Co-Editor and Reflections on FEX 64

Happy 2021 to all! With any new year comes new opportunities and for me this means taking up the reins as the Co-Editor of Field Exchange (FEX) at ENN. What a privilege to have...


Reference this page

ENN (). ENN Latest.



Download to a citation manager

The below files can be imported into your preferred reference management tool, most tools will allow you to manually import the RIS file. Endnote may required a specific filter file to be used.