Food and Nutrition Surveillance is the systematic and continuous collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of food and nutrition data. It implies the regular and timely collection, analysis, reporting and distribution of data on food and nutritional status and other nutrition-related information for decision making. Food and nutrition information is needed for immediate and medium to long term decision-making relating to a country’s health, nutritional needs, hunger, agricultural policies and programmes. It is therefore critical that this information provides for prompt action before some of the serious consequences of ill health remain unchecked and become prevalent. Within the framework of Food and Nutrition Surveillance systems, data collected should be useful and timely to facilitate relevant and timely action.
CARPHA has developed a module in its health information management platform DHIS2, to capture data from countries on key indicators of the growth and development of infants and young children. Training has commenced to address the standardisation of data collection, analysis and reporting. Training in the use of the nutriton module in DHIS will commence in 2020.
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