Strengthening nutritional information systems – World

Strong nutrition information systems help governments collect, analyze, and use nutrition data to make decisions that improve maternal and child nutrition.

This page contains resources and guidance for decision makers related to nutrition information systems, including:

  • Guidance to support the development and implementation of national nutrition information systems (NNIS)

  • Guidance on routine administrative nutrition data, including district health information system standard nutrition module (DHIS2)

  • An overview of the UNICEF-WHO nutrition information systems project funded by the European Commission

  • Recommendations to shape the commitments to improve nutrition data and accountability offered by the Nutrition Data Partners Group.

Guidelines for national nutrition information systems:

An NNIS is a system for collecting, analyzing, storing, and disseminating information to support decision-making regarding nutrition programs in a country. Despite the ability of a nutrition information system to provide objective information that can shape decision-making that can lead to better nutritional outcomes, guidance on this topic was not previously available. This prompted the WHO-UNICEF Technical Expert Advisory Group on Nutrition Monitoring (TEAM) to fill this gap by creating the world’s first-ever NNIS guideline. The guide consists of a publication in five modules entitled “The Fundamentals Series” accompanied by two technical notes. An online course is also available, which complements the information in The Fundamentals Series.

More information on National nutrition information systems

Routine administrative guidelines on nutritional data:

Routine monitoring of nutrition programs using administrative data provides a detailed view of the nutritional situation in a specific location. By using consistent measures, this data can be aggregated across multiple sites to provide a broader perspective on the nutritional situation. The very first global DHIS2 standard nutrition module will be launched in early December 2021, providing countries with standardized metadata sets to strengthen data use and support nutrition monitoring efforts using routine administrative data for focused interventions. on children and women.

An administrative data guide is also being developed, which will cover recommended indicators of maternal and child nutrition to help countries design and implement routine administrative reporting systems for nutrition.

Guidance documents and more information will be available soon.

The European Commission’s nutritional information systems project:

UNICEF and WHO, with financial support from the European Commission, are implementing a project to improve nutrition information systems and country capacities for surveillance programs and nutrition targets in five countries: Coast d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Uganda and Zambia for a period of four years (April 2020 – March 2024). Through this project, UNICEF and WHO will help countries to:

  • Update their national nutrition monitoring frameworks to address key nutrition data gaps
  • Develop and / or refine routine administrative data reporting systems using updated data collection tools and digital data collection systems (e.g. DHIS2)
  • Improve the capacity of human resources at all stages of the nutritional data value chain within a nutritional information system
  • Improve the dissemination of data and information from nutritional information systems.

More information on the Nutrition information systems of the European Commission project.

Shape commitments to improve nutrition data and accountability on the part of the Nutrition Data Partners Group:

The Nutrition Data Partners Group, co-led by UNICEF and comprised of United Nations agencies, donors and organizations working to strengthen nutrition data, has developed recommendations to shape commitments to improve nutrition data and accountability. for food, health and prosperity for all. These recommendations are intended for use by stakeholders at the 2021 Nutrition for Growth Summit (N4G) and provide key background information related to the N4G certified side event on Improving Nutrition Through Accountability. and data systems.

More information on the Nutrition Data Partners Group recommendations for shaping commitments to improve nutrition data and accountability

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