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Indicators: Infant feeding indicators for use in emergencies: an analysis of current recommendations and practice

Author: McGrath M, Seal A, Taylor A, Pub Health Nut
Resource type: Article

Public Health Nutrition 2002, 5(3), 365-372

Assessment of applicability and use of infant nutrition and health indicators used during emergencies. Compilation of indicators recommended by international health and nutrition organisations for assessing infant feeding practice were compiled and analysed to evaluate their consistency and applicability for use in surveys of emergency-affected populations. Health and nutrition surveys performed on the resident or refugee population of Kosovo during the years 1996–1999 were reviewed and the use of infant feeding and morbidity indicators compared.

Conclusions: Standard indicators need to be agreed and promoted for use during surveys of emergency-affected populations. Failure to do so will lead to a continued inability to monitor the health and nutrition of infants at a population level during international relief operations.

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McGrath M, Seal A, Taylor A, Pub Health Nut (2002). Indicators: Infant feeding indicators for use in emergencies: an analysis of current recommendations and practice. www.ennonline.net/iycfindicatorsemergencies