Menu ENN Search

En-net update July to October 2016 inclusive

Over the past four months 88 questions have been posted on en-net*, generating 228 responses. Forty-two vacancy announcements have been posted, which have accumulated almost 12,000 views on the website; and 8 upcoming trainings.

en-net has increasingly seen posts alerting readers to new research and guidance in areas that have received much attention on the site, such as coverage assessment  and WHO updates on HIV and infant feeding  which is a welcome development, assisting people to access research and evidence-based information. In addition, there have been several posts recently to encourage readers to engage in online consultations and experience-sharing by researchers and those developing guidelines. These include Sphere Handbook consultation, updated guidance on Infant feeding, and contributions to research on “Understanding the contextual factors enabling evidence-based decision making in disasters: Organisational contexts and other disaster related contexts”. The latter is still open for inputs here,

In the Scaling Up Nutrition forum area there has been a call for experiences on engaging nutrition champions for a new guide to be published by the Institute of Development Studies and the SUN Movement Secretariat. Contributions have been shared by individual practitioners, SUN Focal Points, government ministers and civil society alliance conveners. Findings so far include:

The Prime Minister galvanised Namibia into action after a review illustrated that the country was facing a major challenge in reducing maternal deaths and infant mortality and making slow progress towards its MDGs. A survey was then conducted which clearly showed the links between the high rates of anaemia in pregnant women and stunting in children and these poor outcomes. It was against this background that the Namibia Alliance for Improved Nutrition(NAFIN) was born. NAFIN is multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder. Its mission is to provide evidence-based information to policymakers on the state of nutrition in Namibia; promote social mobilisation in favour of balanced diets; promote breast feeding; build awareness among pregnant mothers about the need to visit ante-natal clinics; promote public hygiene such as good sanitation and hand washing.

The SUN Civil Society Alliance Pakistan (SUNCSA,Pak) organised sensitisation sessions of Parliamentarians in all provinces and at Federal level to engage them to play an important role in implementation of Inter-sectoral Nutrition Strategies and enactment/ enforcement of relevant legislation such as Protection and Promotion of Breastfeeding laws, mandatory food fortification laws etc. Parliamentarians can also help increase budgetary allocations for nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions. They found key messages that work well are:
(1).The current malnutrition crisis in Pakistan has been estimated to cost the economy 2-3% of GDP per year; Pakistan cannot afford to sustain this drain on the economy
(2)If prioritized, malnutrition can be ended in a generation in Pakistan! Addressing malnutrition is one of the best investments Pakistan can make in its future
(3).Improving nutrition is transformational—families become healthier, wealthier and better educated, because
- Children who are malnourished learn less at school, and earn less when they grow up.
- Iron and iodine deficiency in childhood reduces IQ by up to 25 and 13 points respectively.
- Malnutrition makes children more likely to acquire communicable diseases like measles and also develop complications. Malnutrition also reduces the effectiveness of certain vaccinations.

The SUN CSA, Pak is now developing policy briefs and provincial scorecards to equip them with ready to reference information required for policy making and planning.

The Sierra Leone Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition is a civil society advocacy Non-governmental Organization and an alliance of over 150 networks. They came together as an alliance after persistent reports identifying malnutrition as one of the major causes for the high maternal and infant mortality in the country; one of the key issues responsible for Sierra Leone’s low position in the Human Development Index.

To enhance government commitment to nutrition, the alliance is currently leading the efforts to include nutrition and food security issues in the National Constitution in the current constitutional review process. The effort has already yielded fruit: under Protection of Socio-economic Rights, to be free from hunger and to have food of acceptable quality, has been included. The alliance is currently hosting, on behalf of Sierra Leone, the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly which is a Pan African institution, and thereby encouraging other nutrition activists to include climate change issues in their nutrition activities.

Follow the discussion and add your contribution at

Finally, there have been several calls on en-net for access to more nutrition materials in French, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese. This ranges from translated guidelines to SMART survey reports. The dearth of available literature in languages other than English is a significant issue. If you have links or materials to share, please do so, here or or contact en-net has a mirror French site, launched earlier this year, We very much welcome feedback on the quality of translations on this site and suggestions to make it increasingly accessible and useful to French speakers. All feedback is welcome to

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


Nahas Angula, Muhammad Irshad Danish, Hassane, Edward Jusu, Dr. Bonnix Kayabu, Regine Kopplow, Scaling Up Nutrition/Transform Nutrition Moderator.



*From 1st July to 31st October 2016.


More like this

en-net: Call for your experiences on engaging nutrition champions for a new publication.

What is your experience working with nutrition champions, or as a nutrition champion yourself, in making progress for improving nutrition? The Institute of Development...

FEX: ENN update

View this article as a pdf Field Exchange Special issue on wasting in South Asia Asia is home to half of the world's wasted children (25.9 million) and severely wasted...

FEX: En-net update

By Tamsin Walters, en-net moderator Over the past four months1, 32 questions have been posted on en-net, generating 69 responses. Two upcoming trainings have been advertised...

FEX: En-net summary

View this article as a pdf En-net1 is a free, open resource for frontline nutrition practitioners to gain access to prompt technical advice for operational challenges where...

en-net: Anthropometric assessments in pregnant adolescents

1. Why should height be measured at each visit for pregnant adolescents? 2. What are the current MUAC cut off points for the diagnosis of undernutrition in pregnant...

NEX: SUN en-net discussion

The SUN area of en-net includes questions and discussions that enable SUN country actors to share their experiences and learning openly. A recent question asked was: What are...

en-net: Your input into strategic review of child health programming needed urgently

Dear en-net users, I want to alert you all to a strategic review that is being conducted by the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health of the World...

en-net: PLW and children under measurements in survey

Dear All, we have a started integrated program of nutrition, FSL, Wash and Shelter. We have planned baseline assessment for project and wants to include anthropometric...

en-net: KAP Guidance

Is there any standard guidance on how to do a KAP survey for nutrition? The post below is from Shewangizaw Ashenafi, but was posted in the older discussion in the IYCF forum...

en-net: How to set up an integrated database for Nutrition, Food security and WASH indicators

A question has been posted in the Assessment area of en-net on this topic. Please find it here: Sharing of experience,...

FEX: en-net update

By Tamsin Walters, en-net moderator Over the past three months, 37 questions have been posted on en-net, generating 59 responses. The forum areas for Prevention and management...

FEX: en-net summary: Spring 2022

View this article as a pdf en-net is a free and open resource to help field practitioners to gain access to prompt technical advice for operational challenges for which...

en-net: Field investigation of acute malnutrition cases in a village

Dear Forum, greetings from Lao. A recent outreach in Lao uncovered increased number of SAM in three villages. An epidemiological field based investigation would be...

en-net: RUTF ration at the time of discharge

Hi, I am looking for a document stating the protocol on the ration of RUTF to be given to the child at the time of discharge. Usually, 7 sachets of RUTF is given to the SAM...

FEX: ACF application to add RUTF to EML sparks lively discussion on en-net

By Tamsin Walters, en-net moderator Contributions on en-net from Sameh Al-Awlaqi, Dr. Charulatha Banerjee, Paul Binns, Bindi Borg, Jessica Bourdaire, Chris, Suzanne Fuhrman,...

FEX: en-net summary: Summer 2022

View this article as a pdf en-net is a free and open resource that helps field practitioners gain access to prompt technical advice in addressing operational challenges for...

en-net: Standard for MUAC gain (mm / day) of children in management of acute malnutrition programs

Hi, appreciate if anyone share information about MUAC gain: what is the standard for MUAC gain in management of acute malnutrition programs? Thanks, Hello, I have removed...

en-net: MUAC Z-score for estimating GAM

Hi there, I am designing a surveillance system based on MUAC as main anthropometry indicator. I am calculating MUAC Z-scores based on age for flagging the data (+-5 SD). My...

en-net: Sample size for IYCF assessment based on Step-by-step guide

My question is with regard to determining the sample size for conducting one-time an independent IYCF assessment for children 0-23 months. According to the step-by-step guide,...

en-net: How to treat SAM patients with CHD or renal diseases?

This question came in to the en-net postbag from Ahmed Salih: I am pediatrician & worked responsible on nutritional rehabilitation ward & l 'd like to ask whether those...


Reference this page

ENN (). En-net update July to October 2016 inclusive. Field Exchange 53, November 2016. p66.



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.