Nutrition | Country activities

Country activities

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Seeds in the palm of a handThe regional nutrition programme is providing technical support to Member States to assist them in implementing the WHO Child Growth Standards. These have so far been adopted in 17 countries in the Region, and the rest are in the process of changing their national growth standards by the end of 2012.

The programme is also working to strengthen the nutrition surveillance system through providing capacity-building and technical support to Member States. The tools have been developed and a training package is ready for delivery during 2012.

In addition, in 2011, the regional programme:

provided technical support in policy development and programming to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar and South Sudan

conducted training on management of severe acute malnutrition to participants from countries of the Region, focusing on those in emergency situations 

developed a training manual on nutrition education for school children

published healthy diet guidelines.

Statistics and figures

WHO has several nutrition-related global databases. They include data for countries in the Region. Please click on the links to access them.

Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Information System

WHO Global Database on Body Mass Index

WHO Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition

WHO Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding

Some nutrition-related data from the Regional Health Observatory:

Estimates of anaemia in non-pregnant women of reproductive age

Anaemia in preschool-age children

Trend estimates for under 5 child malnutrition: