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En-net enters its fifth year

By Tamsin Walters, en-net moderator

As en-net enters its fifth year of operation, we thought it timely to reflect on how this relatively new resource is performing. Launched in February 2009, en-net has evolved from a forum with eight discussion areas to fourteen. While discussions are primarily peer-led so that experiences can be shared and advice provided by others working in similar situations, a team of 15 technical experts is on-call to respond to questions that receive no spontaneous answers or to clarify complex technical issues from an informed and balanced perspective. The forum is open for anyone to view and does not require registration to do so, though you can also sign up to an account to receive email alerts of new discussions or responses in your areas of interest or to post a question or response. Approximately 800 people currently have accounts.

The most popular forum areas have changed little over the four years of en-net: Assessment and Prevention and treatment of severe acute malnutrition consistently receive the most questions, followed by Prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition and Infant and young child feeding interventions. This largely reflects the current focus of the nutrition community in areas where both guidance and practice are evolving.

The Announcements and nutritionists needed area is also highly frequented with 80 vacancies and announcements posted over the last year (March 2012 to end of February 2013). These posts have each been viewed between 100 and 300 times. The ENN website vacancies page is directly updated from ennet (a 2011 development), see http://www.ennonline.net/vacancies/

Of those identifiable, en-net site visitors came from the following countries over the past year: 17% from the USA, 15% UK, 7% Kenya, 5% India, 4% France, 4% Ethiopia, 3% Canada, 3% Pakistan, 2% Australia.

During the last three months, December 2012 to February 2013 inclusive, en-net received 37 questions, soliciting 111 responses, as well as 11 job adverts and one notice.

Recent discussions have included: the effect of micronutrients on low birth weight, safety of folic acid supplements for malnourished children, monitoring MUAC change during follow up visits and its use for decision-making, maximum theoretical value for healthy weight gain in OTP and the "normal" MUAC increase, and impact of cash transfers on nutritional status: are there negative effects and what is the evidence of positive impact?

One of the most recent developments that we’ve been pleased to see has been the links to specific technical discussion areas from other sites – the CMAM forum (http://www.cmamforum.org/Briefs), the Coverage Monitoring Network (http://www.coverage-monitoring.org/forum/) and the Global Nutrition Cluster website: http://www.unicef.org/nutritioncluster/

To join any discussion on en-net, share your experience or post a question, visit
www.en-net.org.uk

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Tamsin Walters (2013). En-net enters its fifth year. Field Exchange 45, May 2013. p33. www.ennonline.net/fex/45/ennet