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Regional training on the management of severe acute malnutrition

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean organized a regional training workshop on the management of severe acute malnutrition in Khartoum, Sudan, from 23 May to 2 June 2011. The goal of the workshop was to produce a core team of skilled and knowledgeable facilitators to spearhead further training in severe acute malnutrition management across the Region. This is intended to lead to a critical mass of dedicated health workers trained in severe acute malnutrition guidelines to oversee the rolling out of the programme throughout the Region.

The eight-day training course was condensed from the full 6.5-day case management course and 3.5 day facilitator course. After completing five days of standard case management, the trainee facilitators were expected to move quickly through the modules and other materials with a focus on teaching techniques. The objectives of the workshop were to:

learn the course content

practice the teaching techniques used with the modules (for example, giving individual feedback, leading group discussions and leading oral drills)

become familiar with the severe acute malnutrition ward and how clinical practice will be conducted

learn ways to work effectively with a co-facilitator

practice communicating in supportive ways that reinforce learning

discuss problems that may be faced during the course (for example, slower readers, logistical difficulties in the ward, or sections of a module which may be difficult to teach) and prepare to handle these difficulties.  

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: