Disaster risk management for health: nutrition

Disaster Risk Management for Health Fact Sheets:

This fact sheet about nutrition in disaster risk management for health is divided into four sections: i) Key points ii) Why is this important? iii) What are the health risks? iv) Risk management considerations.

Nutrition key points are: Risks of undernutrition can be managed by optimising infant and child feeding, improving food security and ensuring access to health care; Nutritional interventions can be either blanket or targeted; Scale-up and scale-down of nutritional responses should be informed by assessment of specific situations; Choosing and prioritizing nutritional interventions and nutritional products should be informed by evidence and follow latest best-practice; In developing countries, tackling high risk severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is a priority, including defining SAM using new WHO growth standards; Appropriate infant and young child feeding saves lives; Multisectoral emergency response is coordinated at local and national levels.

The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in 2015 The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in 2015.
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