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Updating and Developing

Wasting Guidelines and Tools

One essential element of the Global Action Plan for wasting is to update and develop normative guidance (wasting guidelines) and tools to support governments on the prevention and treatment of child wasting in all contexts

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the lead agency at a global, regional and national to update this normative guidance and will then work with other UN agencies and key stakeholders, to support the review and update of national guidelines as well as overseeing all future research and policy efforts on child wasting under the Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025).

 

The resources below give more information about this process and current progress to date. They will be updated as new information becomes available.

INTRODUCTION

One essential element of the Global Action Plan for wasting is to update and develop normative guidance (wasting guidelines) and tools to support governments on the prevention and treatment of child wasting in all contexts

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the lead agency at a global, regional and national level to update this normative guidance and will then work with other UN agencies and key stakeholders, to support the review and update of national guidelines as well as overseeing all future research and policy efforts on child wasting under the Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025).

 

The resources below give more information about this process and current progress to date. They will be updated as new information becomes available.

WASTING GUIDELINES PICO QUESTIONS

The formulation of the questions that the guideline needs to address strongly influences the final recommendations, so getting this right is crucial. For this purpose, PICO questions are used. PICO is an acronym for population, intervention (or exposure), comparator and outcome. The questions are used to systematically search the evidence base for answers in the areas of uncertainty or controversy that the guideline seeks to clarify. The results of these systematic literature reviews feed into the evidence to decision-making process for recommendations (see below for more information on the general WHO guideline development process).

GUIDELINE DEVELOPMENT GROUP
AND PROCESSES

The Guideline Development Group (GDG) is made up of external [to WHO] experts whose central task is to develop evidence-based recommendations. The GDG also performs the important task of finalizing the scope and key questions of the guideline in PICO format.

The Guideline Development process is clearly laid out in the WHO Handbook for Guideline Development.

Click below for a short introduction to this process.

The GRADE process and more information on the guideline development process is also shown in the video below.

PROGRESS TO DATE ON THE WASTING GUIDELINES

Updates Webinar from September 2020 on the progress of wasting guidelines development.

Updates Webinar from November 2021 on progress of wasting guidelines development.

UNICEF - WHO PARTNERSHIP
ON WASTING IN INFANTS AND CHILDREN

UNICEF and WHO are partnering to accelerate progress on wasting in infancy and childhood. This initiative was started to support the achievement of the World Health Assembly and Sustainable Development Goals on Child Wasting, and as part of the operationalization of the UN Global Action Plan for Child Wasting Framework (GAP) and the UNICEF & WHO Strategic collaboration framework (2020).

The ultimate goal of this partnership is to improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of child wasting by: a) providing more up-to-date global normative and operational guidance and b) supporting national governments in adapting their national guidelines and leverage country level capacities to support governments in their implementation and roll-out over the next decade to achieve WHA and SDG targets on wasting.

This collaboration will also strengthen the coordination amongst global, regional, and country researchers working on wasting, building more effective and coordinated engagement between researchers and policy makers towards a common research agenda on child wasting.

 

This collaboration will have three main outcomes:

  1. Global normative guidelines on the prevention, early detection and treatment of wasting are updated. These will feed into national protocols and guidelines and support for this national adaptation will be provided by UNICEF and WHO.

  2. Operational guidance and tools adapted to field-level implementers, programmers and policymakers are available to be adapted to national contexts.

  3. A formative and operational research agenda on child wasting is developed building on identified gaps highlighted in the wasting guidelines development process. UNICEF and WHO.