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Strategy and policy

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Cover of the regional nutrition strategy 2010-2019The Regional strategy on nutrition 2010–2019 and plan of action is the first nutrition strategy to be developed for the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The development of the nutrition strategy was led by WHO, in consultation with all Member States and other United Nations agencies, academia and civil society. The World declaration and plan of action for nutrition (1992) guided the technical issues of nutrition policy and programme development.

The overall goal of the nutrition strategy for the Region is to improve the nutritional status of people throughout the lifecycle by encouraging countries to reposition nutrition as central to their development agenda. It aims to support countries in establishing and implementing action on nutrition according to their national situation and resources. It provides a framework to assist countries in deciding which nutrition actions are appropriate for their particular context and according to the most prevalent health problems. It will enable Member States to identify, develop, prioritize and adopt nutrition interventions which will contribute to achieving the targets of the Millennium Development Goals.

Policy statements

Policy statement and recommended actions for lowering sugar intake and reducing prevalence of type 2 diabetes and obesity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region 

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Policy statement and recommended actions for reducing fat intake and lowering heart attack rates in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

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Policy statement and recommended actions to lower national salt intake and death rates from high blood pressure and stroke in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

English | Arabic | French

The urgent need to fully implement the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and relevant WHA resolutions


Regional strategy on nutrition 2010–2019 and plan of action [pdf 2Mb]

World Declaration and Plan of Action for Nutrition

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: