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Report of a pre ICN workshop on Negotiating the Future of Nutrition, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 September 2005.
Public Health Nutrition. 2005 Dec; 8(8):1229-1230.Good nutrition underpins good health. That reality has been shown in repeated studies and quantified most recently in the 2002 World Health Report of the World Health Organization (WHO). In that report, food and nutrition (their lack or over-consumption) accounted for considerable mortality and morbidity worldwide. Despite the compelling evidence of need, global action remains inadequate. Nutrition and food policy still receives considerably less attention in health policy and funding arenas than do many other lesser contributors to human health. Part of the reason relates to the lack of a strong coordinated voice for the broad area that is inclusive of all committed to and able to influence policies and actions for populations. (excerpt)
Washington, D.C., AED, FANTA, 2004 Jan 8.  p. (USAID Cooperative Agreement No. HRN-A-00-98-00046-00)The nutrient requirements for people living with HIV/AIDS differ from those for non-HIV-infected individuals. These recommendations are based on the report of the May 2003 WHO technical consultation on nutrient requirements for people living with HIV/AIDS. Current evidence suggests that as the HIV infection progresses, the nutrient requirements change. The requirements are different for the two distinct phases of HIV infection, which are characterized by the absence or presence of illness symptoms: asymptomatic and symptomatic. (excerpt)
SCN News. 2004 Jul; (28): p..This is a new SCN, with a new Chair and Secretary, and a record number of institutional members in three main categories: UN agencies, bilateral agencies, and NGOs. A fourth group, made up of leader from the private sector, would add further strength to the SCN. The SCN has a new mandate—to help the global system reach the MDGs. The SCN can make a significant start by agreeing on specific issues and actions that will contribute to reaching the MDGs as defined by the UN system. The SCN and its members already have a head start; two closely related and neglected global issues have been identified and should be given priority: timely and appropriate complementary feeding and the high prevalence of iron deficiency. The working groups and task forces will need to be active between SCN meetings and establish their own secretariats. In addition, the SCN should develop a strong communication and advocacy strategy and promote key SCN messages through outstanding public figures. Although the SCN and its members have effectively focused on some of the MDGs, it should now be making contributions to achieving all of them. I am confident that the new SCN and its Secretariat will implement the multiple mechanisms available to help the UN system and its partners meet this global challenge. (excerpt)
Geneva, Switzerland, World Health Organization [WHO], 2004. 28 p. (WHO/HDP/PRSP/04.1)The study had two main areas of enquiry. First, to what extent is improved health seen to play a role in poverty reduction? This involves looking at the relative priority given to health in the overall PRSP, including its budget, and examining where health fits, conceptually, within the definition of poverty. Second, to what extent does the health component of a PRSP identify, and propose strategies to meet, the specific health needs of poor people? This involves a much closer analysis of the health components of PRSPs: the targets they set, the strategies they outline, and the monitoring mechanisms they propose. (excerpt)