Topic: Maternal nutrition
In 2013, a comprehensive review of anthropometric indicators identified maternal mid-upper-arm circumference (MUAC) as a reliable indicator for risk of low birth weight (LBW) deliveries. Still, contention remains regarding what MUAC cut-off thresholds should be used to identify poor birth and maternal outcomes in humanitarian contexts. In this podcast, Sonia Kapil and Mija Ververs discuss findings from their recent scoping review of evidence published after 2012 which confirm a MUAC cut-off threshold of <23 cm as effective in identifying pregnant women at risk of adverse birth outcomes, particularly LBW. The authors provide insights into their motivation for this work and what it adds, as well as their perspectives on the potential implications of broader adoption of this threshold in nutrition programmes and on what evidence is still needed to better identify and manage at-risk pregnant women in humanitarian contexts.
After the publication of ENN's technical briefing paper in January 2022 titled: 'Women's nutrition: a summary of evidence, policy and practise including adolescents and maternal life stages', Natasha Lelijveld (one of the authors) gives a quick overview of the content of the document, and hopefully persuades you to go take a closer look yourself.
Held on: 27th January 2022
Malnutrition, including undernutrition, overweight and obesity, and micronutrient deficiencies, disproportionately affects women and girls, with more than one billion women experiencing at least one form of malnutrition globally. In 2013, ENN published a technical background paper summarising evidence on maternal nutrition and identifying knowledge gaps in addressing maternal undernutrition in emergencies.
Reflections on the latest Nutrition Exchange South Asia edition on improving young children’s diets.
Recently I was asked to provide a summary of the two South East Asia Nutrition Exchange Special Editions for the upcoming Field Exchange, which also has a special focus on the region. It provided an opportunity for me to once again dive into the rich content of the editions, particularly the latest publication which focused on young children’s diets and the importance of complementary feeding.
Plus tôt ce mois-ci, j'ai assisté à une conférence organisée conjointement par l'Association sud-asiatique de coopération régionale (SAARC), le Bureau régional de l'UNICEF pour l'Asie du Sud (ROSA) ainsi que Nutrition International afin de débattre et d’identifier quelles actions pourraient permettre d’accélérer les soins nutritionnels des femmes durant leur grossesse et après l’accouchement en Asie du Sud. Des représentants des huit pays de la SAACR ont participé à la conférence, chacun ayant envoyé des hauts fonctionnaires représentant leurs gouvernements respectifs, ce qui est peut-être un gage de l’importance donnée à ce problème dans la région.
Earlier this month, I attended a meeting organised jointly by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) together with Nutrition International to discuss and identify actions to accelerate the nutritional care of women during pregnancy and postpartum in South Asia. The meeting was attended by representatives from all 8 SAARC countries with all countries sending high level officials from Governments perhaps indicative of the importance of the issue in the region.