Instruments and Tools - Nutrition
This package contains most of the some computer files you may useful when conducting a
survey evaluating 1) the nutritional status of children less than 5 years of age, 2) the
nutritional status of women of reproductive age (15 49 years), 3) the recent rate
and causes of mortality, 4) the reproductive health of women of reproductive age, 5) child
and infant breastfeeding practices, 6) micronutrient status of children less than 5 years
of age, and 7) mictronutrient status of women of reproductive age. These materials were
used in carrying out a survey in Badghis Province in March 2002.
UNICEF-Afghanistan and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Survey Questionnaire for Children
Nutrition and mortality survey utilized in Sudan.
Anthropometric Indicators Measurement Guide
This guide provides information on the anthropometric impact indicators and the annual
monitoring indicators for Maternal and Child Health/Child Survival (MCH/CS) and income
related activities. The focus is on the collection and reporting of indicators to improve
program management and document progress towards the achievement of results.
Assessment and Treatment of Malnutrition in Emergency Situations
The objective of this manual is to introduce the reader to the information
indispensable for implementing a nutritional program and treating cases of malnutrition.
It is based on the most recent scientific publications, as well as Action Against Hunger's
own field experience.
Adult: Assessment of Nutritional Status in Emergency-Effected Populations
Steve Collins, Arabella Duffield & Mark Myatt, ACC/Sub-Committee on Nutrition,
United Nations, July 2000
This article describes simple techniques suitable for the assessment of the nutritional
status of adults aged 20-60 years in emergency-affected populations. The BMI (Body Mass
Index), MUAC (Mid-upper Arm Circumference), and clinical models are assessed for their
usefulness in determining the prevalence of chronic undernutrition in adults at the
population level, and also for screening severely undernourished adults for entrance to
Adolescence: Assessment of Nutritional Status in Emergency-Effected
Steve Collins, Arabella Duffield ACC/Sub-Committee on Nutrition, United Nations, July
The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends using the BMI (Body Mass Index)
of individual adolescents compared to a reference population made up of adolescents in the
United States and using the 5th centile of this reference as the cut-off point to define
undernutrition. These recommendations may not be appropriate; surveys using these
recommendations have found unrealistically high levels of adolescent undernutrition.
National Micronutrient Survey
The instrument is used for collecting information to assess the existing situation
regarding vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and iron deficiency anemia (IDA), as well as general
energy-protein malnutrition (EPM) in children and their mothers or caretakers. The
information collected is used as a basis for country nutritional/micronutrient policy and
program development decision-making.
Collecting Anthropometric Measures of Children
Training Handbook includes resource materials on various training subjects: survey
methodology; general procedures; anthropometric equipment; and how to weigh and measure
Rapid Assessment of Nutrition (RAN) Manual
Nutrition assessment for relevant Projects/Programs in Developing Countries
Nutrition Baseline Software
The program helps in preparing a suitable questionnaire, in entering the data and in
evaluating the results. First of all, a new nutrition survey has to be prepared. You just
have to push the 'Create New Survey' button and a new survey will be created. The features
of the new survey will depend on the settings under 'Options'. In this sheet several other
functions are available such as opening the survey in a database program or exporting the
data to SPSS.
A trainers [i.e. trainer's] guide for baseline surveys and
regular monitoring : using LQAS [lot quality assurance sampling] for
assessing field programs in community health in developing countries
A participant's manual for baseline surveys and regular
monitoring : using LQAS [lot quality assurance sampling] for assessing field
programs in community health in developing countries
Mobile Computing in the Humanitarian Assistance Setting: An Introduction
and Some First Steps
- Kow F, Geissler C, Balasubramaniam E. Are international anthropometric standards
appropriate for developing countries? Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 1991;
- Alam N, Wojtyniak B, Rahaman MM. Anthropometric indicators and risk of
death. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1989; 49:884-888.
- Centers for Disease Control. Nutritional assessment of children in
drought-affected areas ? Haiti, 1990. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report