Maternal and Child Health

Global Nutrition Report 2018


The 2018 Global Nutrition Report shares insights into the current state of global nutrition, highlighting the unacceptably high burden of malnutrition in the world. It identifies areas where progress has been made in recent years but argues that it is too slow and too inconsistent. It puts forward five critical steps that are needed to speed up progress to end malnutrition in all its forms and argues that, if we act now, it is not too late to achieve this goal. In fact, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do so.

Stunting Policy Brief - WHO Global Nutrition Targets 2025


In 2012 the World Health Assembly Resolution 65.6 specified six global nutrition targets for 2025 in its ‘Comprehensive implementation plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition’. This policy brief covers the first target: a 40% reduction in the number of children under 5 who are stunted.

This policy brief pledges for increased attention to, investment in and action for a set of cost-effective interventions and policies to achieve this target.  

The Lancet’s Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition 2008 and 2013


The Lancet published two recent series on Maternal and Child Nutrition. Maternal and child undernutrition, consisting of stunting, wasting and deficiencies of essential vitamins and minerals, was the subject of a Series of papers in The Lancet in 2008. The second Series of paper published in 2013, 5 years after the initial series, re-evaluate the problems of maternal and child undernutrition and also examine the growing problems of overweight and obesity for women and children and their consequences in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs).

HIV/AIDS, nutrition, and food security: What we can do. A synthesis of international guidance.


Author: The World Bank

Publication Date: 2007

This handbook synthesizes the existing technical guidelines of fifteen international organizations on how to address the important links between HIV/AIDS, nutrition and food security in country-level programmes. The joint guidelines serve as an important resource for working successfully with partners in the field.

Food and Nutrition Indicators.


Author: Judith Appleton MBE (UN Standing Committee on Nutrition)

Publication Date: 2008

Key documentation on indicators for development and emergencies - a preliminary reference list. This table is compiled from selected contributions from members of working groups and task forces o the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN).