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Toolkit for addressing nutrition in emergency situations

Author: Nutrition Cluster / UNICEF
Resource type: Field tool

The toolkit focuses on the following interventions

The toolkit describes tools and approaches representing the current thinking in nutrition. The toolkit does not provide information on measuring nutritional status, rapid assessments, needs assessments, early warning or evaluating interventions.

It provides the what, why, when, and howfor different nutrition interventions, including basic monitoring benchmarks and expected standards.  The toolkit offers guidance and support for nutritionists and humanitarian workers to ensure that basic guidelines are followed and the basic nutritional needs of populations in emergencies are met.  It is not intended to be an exhaustive resource for each intervention presented, but rather an overview for interventions to be considered with references and links to more detailed technical guidance for each issue.

Support for the toolkit came from various sources including governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Ireland and the United States. Their support is gratefully acknowledged along with the countless hours provided by Nutrition Cluster Members in providing input and comments on the document. The Toolkit was developed with the participation of a wide range of humanitarian nutrition actors. Initiated by the Capacity Development Working Group of the IASC Nutrition Cluster, the Toolkit has received technical inputs from the cluster members and two consultants; Ms. Oman and de Menezes. Through feedback from practitioners in the field on how to make it even more practical and user-friendly, the Toolkit will be improved over time.

The toolkit may be reproduced without permission from The Global Nutrition Cluster for educational and non-profit purposes if the source is acknowledged..

The document can be downloaded from the Nutrition Cluster website:
www.humanitarianreform.org/humanitarianreform/Default.aspx?tabid=74

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