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UNHCR Operational Guidance on the Use of Special Nutritional Products in refugee settings

Funder: UNHCR

Collaborators: UCL Institute for Global Health

ENN project lead: Carmel Dolan

Timeframe:  January 1st to December 31st 2013                                                                               

Background

A technical collaboration between UNHCR, UCL IGH and ENN between 2009 and 2013 saw the development of guidance materials around prevention and management of anaemia and malnutrition in refugee settings.

Project summary

In 2009 UNHCR and WFP published joint guidance on selective feeding programmes for the management of acute malnutrition. In 2011, the UNHCR Operational Guidance on the use of Special Nutritional Products was developed to provide additional detailed guidance on the implementation of Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programmes (BSFP). 

The 2011 Operational Guidance describes the expanded scope of BSFP, which is used in refugee operations to prevent micronutrient deficiencies, stunting and acute malnutrition, and focuses on the use of lipid based nutrient supplements (LNS) and micronutrient powders (MNP).

An addendum with updated content was developed in 2013 by IGH with technical support from the ENN.

 

Publications

UNHCR Operational Guidance on the Use of Special Nutritional Products to Reduce Micronutrient Deficiencies and Malnutrition in Refugee Populations (2011)

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Chloe Angood (2014). UNHCR Operational Guidance on the Use of Special Nutritional Products in refugee settings. www.ennonline.net/ourwork/guidance/guidancesupercerealplus