Double-Duty Actions for Nutrition

Briefs
Sectors:
Nutrition, Health
Organization:
World Health Organization (WHO)
Author:
World Health Organization (WHO)
Region:
Global
Resource Publication Date:
May, 2017
Content Format:
Text

This policy brief sets out the potential for double-duty actions to improve nutrition outcomes across the spectrum of malnutrition, through integrated initiatives, policies and programmes. Double-duty actions include interventions, programmes and policies that have the potential to simultaneously reduce the risk or burden of both undernutrition (including wasting, stunting and micronutrient deficiency or insufficiency) and overweight, obesity or diet-related non-communicable diseases. Reflecting the shared drivers and platforms of contrasting forms of malnutrition, double duty can be achieved at three levels: 1) through doing no harm with regard to existing actions on malnutrition; 2) by retrofitting existing nutrition actions to address or improve new or other forms of malnutrition; and 3) through the development of de-novo, integrated actions aimed at the double burden of malnutrition.

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