DFID’s paper ‘The Neglected Crisis of Undernutrition: Evidence for Action’ (2009) provided a comprehensive literature review on the causes, consequences and potential actions to resolve maternal and child undernutrition. It drew heavily on the findings of the medical journal the Lancet’s series on maternal and child undernutrition published in 2008. This paper updates the evidence base on maternal and child undernutrition in the light of new research undertaken since 2009.
The paper is informed by targeted searches of electronic journals and online databases (ScienceDirect, PubMed, the Cochrane library, Oxford journals, The Lancet, the BMJ and Cambridge journals). A search was also conducted for data and reports from the World Bank, UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant reports or position papers by governmental and non-governmental organisations and international bodies. Where possible this paper draws on systematic reviews, peer-reviewed journal articles, meta-analyses and Randomised Control Trials (RCTs). Some of the new and emerging areas are less well researched and rely on organisational reports pending new research.
Anon. An Update of The Neglected Crisis of Undernutrition: Evidence for Action. HEART, UK (2012) 22 pp.