Technical Consultation on Measuring Nutrition in Population-Based Household Surveys and Associated Facility Assessments Meeting Report

On September 19-20, 2018, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) convene day two-day technical consultation on “Measuring Nutrition in Population-Based Household Surveys and Associated Facility Assessments.” The meeting was hosted in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO), with technical support provided by DataDENT. 

The primary goal of this consultation was to produce a set of recommendations for how to strengthen the nutrition-related content in large-scale household and facility surveys. The objectives were as follows:

1. To review how nutrition data, including indicators and data sources, are currently being used by different stakeholders at global and country levels and identify the gaps that remain in their information needs that could be filled through household or facility surveys

2. To review recommendations from recent technical consultations for improving collection of anthropometric and micronutrient status data in large-scale household surveys.

3. To identify ways to augment, improve and/or harmonize questions about nutrition intervention coverage, infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and other diet quality measures using the core questionnaires of the major household and facility surveys as a starting point.

The meeting report summarizes expert presentations, panel discussions, and working group sessions during the consultation.

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