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Wasting and Stunting: Overcoming the divide

Since the 1970s, those working in nutrition have categorised undernutrition in two major ways, children are either wasted or stunted.

There has very rarely been consideration for the relationship between these two types of undernutrition in children with limited evidence to describe the associations between wasting and stunting or the overlaps in how a child experiences them. Little has previously been known on:  

Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group (TIG)

The WaSt Technical Interest Group (TIG) was formed to examine this relationship. The group, coordinated by ENN is made up of 42 experts in child growth, nutrition, epidemiology. 

ENN’s main role since the group's formation has been to harness the skills and enthusiasm of the TIG around the question ‘what is the relationship between wasting and stunting’ and facilitate a number of influential project workstreams to fill gaps in our understanding. The backbone of the expert group is the maintenance of a creative, transparent forum to scrutinise and explore evidence and practice, allowing it to serve the nutrition and wider humanitarian and development sectors as a hub for evidence and expert opinion which is free from organisational agendas.

WaSt TIG Membership and Governance

What we now know as a result of the WaSt Project and the WaSt TIG

Read our 2023-2025 workplan workplan.

For more information please contact Tanya Khara or Natalie Sessions.

WaSt TIG the work so far

Main areas of work

Evidence Generation

Programme and Policy 

Research Influencing

Resources on Wasting and Stunting

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