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The risk of doing nothing....

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The risk of doing nothing....

Sight and Life is devastated by the tragedy unfolding in the Horn of Africa - a humanitarian crisis on a scale we have never seen before. There is a daily loss of life and untold long-term effects as children are starved of both calories and vital nutrients, leaving them stunted forever if they survive.

In such a world doing nothing is not an option. we must not become paralyzed by the enormity of the challenges we face. What is so insidious about the absence of action is that no single decision to delay ever appears monumental at the time. Because the cost of inaction takes time to be fully revealed, it does not necessarily impact the world today, but may well severely affect the world of tomorrow.

But we also cannot simply be do-gooders - the challenge we face going forward, is the need to balance the evidence, which is critical to foring and growing knowledge, and to continue monitoring, evaluating and fine-tuning the policies that guide public health nutrition, with turning the evidence into scaled-up programs at the community level.

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Please find below the individual articles:

  Editorial
  The "Sight and Life in my Life" Essay Competition
  Special Feature: NCDs - Silent Killers
  Intrauterine Programming of Non-Communicable Disease: Role of Maternal Micronutrients
  2011 James A Olson Memorial Lecture -
CARIG Workshop at Experimental Biology 2011:
Isotope Dilution Assessment of Vitamin A Status

  The Link Between Nutrition, Desease and Prosperity:
Preventing Non-Communicable Diseases Among Women and Children by Tackling Malnutrtion

  Plasma 25-Hydroxy-Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D) is Depressed by Inflammation: Implications and Parallels with Other Micronutrients
  Opinion 1: Vitamin D Status and Tuberculosis
  Opinion 2: The D-Cline may be Due to Drug-SXR Interaction
  Systematic Data Analysis in Qualitative Health Research: Building Credible and Clear Findings
  Sight and Life Interview: Feike Sijbesma: A Vision of Life

Congress Reports

  The Carotenoids Research Interaction Group (CARIG) Conference, Washington, DC, 8 April 2011
  Tackling Iron Deficiency and Anemia in Infants and Young children in malaria-Endemic Areas

Field Reports

  Report from Thika
  Report from Nairobi

Obituaries

  Remembering Michael C Latham
  Remembering Philip Musgrove
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Food and Nutrition Bulletin (Volume 32, Number 3, September 2011) Special Section: Assessing the Impact of Micronutrient Interventions under Special Circumstances Such as Refugee Camps and Emergency Operations

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Food and Nutrition Bulletin (Volume 32, Number 3, September 2011) Special Section:

Assessing the Impact of Micronutrient Interventions under Special Circumstances Such as Refugee Camps and Emergency Operations

A special section of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin co-edited by the World Food Programme, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Sight and Life, shares important deliberations, practical experiences and lessons learnt from scaled-up micronutrient powder (MNP) interventions. This is a timely publication given the current scale-up of international nutrition interventions and the MDG deadline that draws ever closer. One topic of focus is the selection of impact indicators and the ability to evaluate the impact of interventions. Due to the fact that micronutrient interventions are usually part of a broader package of interventions aimed at improving health and nutritional status, it is often difficult to determine the impact of specific interventions separately. Numerous possible evaluation designs are discussed and recommendations are given. Also included in this section are papers on three specific home fortification experiences and outcome studies in different settings – Bhutanese refugee children in Nepal, children under five years and pregnant and lactating women in Bangladesh following Cyclone Sidr, and vulnerable women and children in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. This is a must-read for those that are working in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs being moved to scale.

» Assessing the impact of micronutrient intervention programs implemented under special circumstances - Meeting report. de Pee S, Spiegel P, Kraemer K et al

» Effects of multimicronutrient home fortification on anemia and growth in Bhutanese refugee children. Bilukha O, Howard C, Wilkinson C et al

» Provision of micronutrient powder in response to the Cyclone Sidr emergency in Bangladesh: Cross-sectional assessment at the end of the intervention. Rah JH, de Pee S, Halati S et al

» Relationship of the availability of micronutrient powder with iron status and hemoglobin among womenand children in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya Ndemwa P, Klotz CL, Mwaniki D et al

» Understanding low usage of micronutrient powder in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya: Findings from a qualitative study Kodish S, Rah JH, Kraemer K et al

Food and Nutrition Bulletin (Volume 32, Number 3, September 2011) Special Section: Assessing the Impact of Micronutrient Interventions under Special Circumstances Such as Refugee Camps and Emergency Operations

» Read more

Food and Nutrition Bulletin (Volume 32, Number 3, September 2011) Special Section:

Assessing the Impact of Micronutrient Interventions under Special Circumstances Such as Refugee Camps and Emergency Operations

A special section of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin co-edited by the World Food Programme, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Sight and Life, shares important deliberations, practical experiences and lessons learnt from scaled-up micronutrient powder (MNP) interventions. This is a timely publication given the current scale-up of international nutrition interventions and the MDG deadline that draws ever closer. One topic of focus is the selection of impact indicators and the ability to evaluate the impact of interventions. Due to the fact that micronutrient interventions are usually part of a broader package of interventions aimed at improving health and nutritional status, it is often difficult to determine the impact of specific interventions separately. Numerous possible evaluation designs are discussed and recommendations are given. Also included in this section are papers on three specific home fortification experiences and outcome studies in different settings – Bhutanese refugee children in Nepal, children under five years and pregnant and lactating women in Bangladesh following Cyclone Sidr, and vulnerable women and children in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. This is a must-read for those that are working in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs being moved to scale.

» Assessing the impact of micronutrient intervention programs implemented under special circumstances - Meeting report. de Pee S, Spiegel P, Kraemer K et al

» Effects of multimicronutrient home fortification on anemia and growth in Bhutanese refugee children. Bilukha O, Howard C, Wilkinson C et al

» Provision of micronutrient powder in response to the Cyclone Sidr emergency in Bangladesh: Cross-sectional assessment at the end of the intervention. Rah JH, de Pee S, Halati S et al

» Relationship of the availability of micronutrient powder with iron status and hemoglobin among womenand children in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya Ndemwa P, Klotz CL, Mwaniki D et al

» Understanding low usage of micronutrient powder in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya: Findings from a qualitative study Kodish S, Rah JH, Kraemer K et al

One billion people in the world are undernourished - and millions of these are children. Undernutrition is linked to one in three preventable deaths among children under five. For those who survive, the effects last a lifetime, stunting both their physical size and also their intellectual...

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One billion people in the world are undernourished - and millions of these are children. Undernutrition is linked to one in three preventable deaths among children under five. For those who survive, the effects last a lifetime, stunting both their physical size and also their intellectual development.

It does not have to be this way. We know the most effective ways to reduce maternal and child undernutrition, as well as when to intervene. With this knowledge comes the responsibility to act - decisivley and with unwavering commitment. With the world hunger surging, the moment is now. For reading the complete statement, click   here.

One billion people in the world are undernourished - and millions of these are children. Undernutrition is linked to one in three preventable deaths among children under five. For those who survive, the effects last a lifetime, stunting both their physical size and also their intellectual...

» Read more

One billion people in the world are undernourished - and millions of these are children. Undernutrition is linked to one in three preventable deaths among children under five. For those who survive, the effects last a lifetime, stunting both their physical size and also their intellectual development.

It does not have to be this way. We know the most effective ways to reduce maternal and child undernutrition, as well as when to intervene. With this knowledge comes the responsibility to act - decisivley and with unwavering commitment. With the world hunger surging, the moment is now. For reading the complete statement, click   here.

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