WHO Launches Online Nutrition Information System

The WHO “has launched a web-based information system it hopes will help prevent millions of people from suffering various forms of malnutrition, ranging from undernutrition to obesity, every year,” IRIN reports.

The e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions (eLENA) aims to clarify “the vast and often conflicting array of evidence and advice on nutrition information,” the news service writes (8/10). “WHO says that eLENA does this by prioritizing the latest advice on tackling the three main forms of malnutrition: undernutrition; vitamin and mineral deficiencies; and obesity,” according to BMJ News. The project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CDC, the Canada-based Micronutrient Initiative and the government of Luxembourg, BMJ notes (Zarocostas, 8/10).