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Investigation of anthropometric training by NGOs

In Issue 29 of Field Exchange, we highlighted some of the constraints to anthropometric assessment of infants in emergency contexts related to weighing scales.1 Measurement error can also affect reliability, precision and accuracy but can be minimised by training and standardisation. An MSc student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is currently investigating what anthropometric training is carried out by different non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in emergencies, the gaps in training, and constraints faced. One of the outputs of this research will be the production of a guide to anthropometric training based on current recommendations, and informed by field needs and experiences.

The researchers are keen for input from NGO headquarters' staff and field teams. If you have any comment or would like to contribute, contact Naomi Tilley, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, LSHTM, email: naomi.tilley@lshtm.ac.uk

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1 Angood C, 2006. Field Exchange 29, December, 2006. Weighing scales for young infants. A survey of relief workers. P12-13

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