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Better Data Needed To Improve Nutrition For Children Globally

Thomson Reuters Foundation: To ensure better nutrition for children and their mothers, we need the right data
Adelheid Onyango, adviser for nutrition at WHO Africa

“…Today, data can be captured on tablets, smart phones, or even through text messages on flip phones. Health ministries have a variety of systems they can tap to collect and process the raw data. These systems have been used in a wide variety of settings within and beyond public health. … WHO member states in 2012 agreed to six global nutrition targets to achieve by 2025. In agreeing to these targets, governments also agreed to report to the World Health Assembly and be held accountable — to their constituents, to their peers, and to the international community. Now is the time to fortify this political will and invest in the required data systems. If nearly one out of every three children is malnourished to the point where they are not growing properly, it really shouldn’t take complex technologies to locate them. But the right data can help ensure we implement policies that will to stop this tragedy in its tracks” (11/27).

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