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Nutrition - Indicators and their measurement

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This section covers the indicators used to measure the presence and level of the various forms of malnutrition which are important in emergencies:

There are many indicators of malnutrition, many of which measure different forms of malnutrition. This discussion will address just a few of these indicators which are of greatest use in humanitarian emergencies, including:

  • The prevalence of acute protein-energy malnutrition in children less than 5 years of age
  • The prevalence of chronic energy deficiency in adult women
  • The prevalence of anaemia in young children, non-pregnant women, and pregnant and breastfeeding women